We love to try new foods. Some are great. Some don’t measure up and some become staples in our kitchen. See what you think. The 68th UN General Assembly declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses (IYP) with the hope of positioning crops such as peas, beans and lentils as primary sources of protein and … Read More

Why Do Fruits Brown?

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Inside the cells of fresh peaches, apples, pears and bananas (and even potatoes) are phenolic compounds and enzymes, like polyphenol oxidase (PPO). When peeled or cut open, the PPO in the cells is exposed to oxygen and it causes a reaction known as enzymatic browning. This reaction converts the plant phenols to a brown pigment … Read More

We enjoy trying new kitchen gadgets. Some are great. Some don’t measure up and some become staples in our kitchen. See what you think. Zing Anything, founded in 2012, offers products that they believe will help people move away from less healthy beverages and turn toward more natural choices. The company says infusing fruits, vegetables, … Read More

If you are getting your cholesterol tested, there is no need to fast to get accurate values. Fasting can be difficult when you have diabetes or your medical appointment is later in the day. A study just published in the European Heart Journal involving more than 300,000 people in the US, Canada and Denmark showed that … Read More

  We love to try new foods. Some are great. Some don’t measure up and some become staples in our kitchen. See what you think. Quinn Foods, which we have highlighted in the past is a small company on a mission. Their goal is to produce a healthy snack, popcorn is a whole grain, with simple ingredients … Read More

Blanching is the process of quickly cooking fresh vegetables in boiling water or steam. It is recommended if you are going to freeze fresh vegetables. Blanching slows or stops the action of enzymes in vegetables that cause the loss of flavor, color and texture. It also rids the vegetables of surface organisms, brightens the color, … Read More

  We love to try new foods. Some are great. Some don’t measure up and some become staples in our kitchen. See what you think.   Say Ocean Spray and the immediate association that comes to mind are cranberries. The company is actually a cooperative of growers that began in 1930. Everyone is familiar with cranberry … Read More

GI problems that result in diarrhea and mild dehydration are common in babies and toddlers. Traditional treatment recommends offering pediatric electrolyte solutions. Dr. Stephen Freedman from the University of Calgary, Canada challenged this conventional treatment by recommending diluted apple juice followed by any fluid the child preferred instead of the standard electrolyte replacement drink. He followed … Read More

We love to try new foods. Some are great. Some don’t measure up and some become staples in our kitchen. See what you think. Summer is barbecue season and barbecue sauce is always part of the menu. Heinz has worked with some of the country’s top pitmasters to create a collection of regional barbecue sauces Classic … Read More

The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that half of our daily grain intake should be whole grains. Only 2% of adults meet this guideline. Do you? Whole grains – whole wheat, barley, sprouted grains, bulgur, amaranth, teff, quinoa, popcorn, brown rice and oatmeal -–add fiber, minerals, and B vitamins to your diet. They provide … Read More