Danger: The Power of Salt, the Allure of Sugar

I apparently have had diabetes for many years but haven’t paid much attention to it other than maybe not eating the third slice of pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving and using less than a cup of salt on my french fries. Today, I know better. Now if Señor Salt rides into our dining room like a South American gaucho, I am to ride my own horse the hell out of there. If Mademoiselle Sugar, the enticing French beauty, were to step …

7 Healthy Things To Eat Instead of a Twinkie

Among the big news stories yesterday: The return of Twinkies! Yeah, so what. What is the big deal about this processed snack cake? Just because it’s been around since our childhood (or our parents’ childhood) doesn’t make it terrific or healthy or something worth celebrating. When it was announced eight months ago that Hostess was seeking bankruptcy protection and the iconic “golden sponge cake” would disappear, all the people who hadn’t bought Twinkies in years – but still adored them, …

Yeah We’re Fat, But We Still Want Our Junk Food

Americans know that obesity is a health crisis, that junk food is far too prevalent and that we can’t get ourselves off the couch to exercise, but, hey! Don’t you dare try and force us to eat better through government regulation. That’s basically the finding of a new Associated Press poll, which reveals we’re concerned about the country’s growing waistlines, though deeply divided on exactly what – if anything – the government should do about it. Thanks to a multitude …

Our Snack Habit: One-Third Of Daily Calories Are From Junk Food

Americans are addicted to snacking. That’s the bottom line from a new government report looking at the snacking habits of more than 5,000 adults aged 20 and older. Researchers with the USDA’s Food Surveys Research Group interviewed the participants as part of an ongoing national survey called “What We Eat in America.” The results from those surveys are reported in two-year intervals. The survey found that a sizable chunk of our daily calories come from serial snacking during the day, …

How to Resist Junk Food Cravings

Don’t deny it, you know you have those cravings for your favorite junk food — whether it be cupcakes, candy bars or tastey treats at McDonald’s. But how can you fight those cravings away effectively? Carole Carson at AARP has 3 good tips to use. The shortened version: F: Focus on what triggered the craving and forgo responding immediately. I: Inventory your prior food intake. T: Take time to plan and prepare your meals. Check out the entire piece with …