Healthy Dining

Pick Your Poison: Added Salt

Added Salt: The crystalline, less-than-sweet cousin of Added Sugar. It is generously dumped into the food supply and stealthily inhabits your grocery store shelves. Maybe you invite Added Salt over for a home-prepared meal from time to time, a sprinkle here, a sprinkle there. And the next thing you know, he’s showing up for meals […]

Pick Your Poison: Partially Hydrogenated Oils

“Partly” “Somewhat” “Moderately” “In some measure” “To a certain extent” We hear these words and phrases throughout our lives. Do they inspire confidence? Do they provoke anxiety? And is something that is partially anything ever worthwhile? Consider the following: A partially-completed project, a somewhat-complete haircut, a partially-cooked chicken wing, a seamstress who is partially-committed to […]

Eating "Clean": What are consumers really looking for when dining out?

The days of glazing over ingredients when purchasing food are coming to a close.  Now, more than ever, health food stores and farm to table restaurants are popping up everywhere, and they are packed with people. Why the change? What spurred this trend to start eating “clean” again? Clean, healthy foods are where we all […]

What’s the hysteria about Listeria?

By Jeffrey Weissinger, COO of Kitchens with Confidence You need not dig into the news today to read about Listeria and the dangerous effects that is has on people, especially those who are pregnant, elderly and those that are immuno-suppressed. Most recently, there was a recall for Colby and Colby Jack Deli Cheeses sold by Meijer […]

Pick Your Poison: Natural and Artificial Flavors

As many of the major American holidays have passed, new year’s resolutions are occupying our minds rather than visions of sugarplums – or are they? February is here and that means Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day, a sweet holiday in all aspects of the word. But before you ask your sweetie to give you some sugar […]

Nutrient Spotlight Series: Unsaturated Fat

The fat-free craze in America started in the late 1980s when the scientific community started to correlate high-fat diets with heart disease and premature death. Rather than focusing on certain types of fats over others, the nutrient was demonized as a whole and people began to seek out fat-free and reduced-fat options in the grocery […]

Nutrient Spotlight Series: Saturated Fat

Is coconut oil the cure for all that ails us? Is the Paleo diet, focused on higher-fat ingredients coming largely from animal sources, the healthiest way to eat? Should full-fat dairy be re-introduced to the school lunch program? All of these hot button nutrition topics can lead back to one previously sinister nutrient: saturated fat. […]

Nutrient Spotlight Series: Sugar

Over the last decade, the major nutrients of concern in most dietary recommendations have shifted to include sugar. Although a large body of evidence relating long-term sugar consumption to health disparities is lacking, sugar has become one of the more targeted nutrients when discussing healthful eating. The negative view on sugar is spurred by the […]

With the promise of cold and flu season on the horizon, nutrition and healthful eating come to the forefront of wellness and warding off pesky illnesses. When it comes to a balanced diet, there are many key minerals to focus on to help the immune system perform optimally. One mineral commonly associated with wellness when […]