Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN

Food shoppers’ attitudes are changing when it comes to deciding which foods are healthy choices for themselves and their families and which foods represent their values. This wide variation in needs and acceptability is an enormous challenge for food companies and supermarkets. As many as three-quarters of all food shoppers make buying decisions based on … 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. BOMB started business in mid 2016 when four veterans joined together to offer the consumer a really strong cup of coffee. They market BOMB coffee as “super caffeinated.” We tried the Original … Read More

We are throwing out $162 billion worth of perfectly good food each year. This not only wastes food, but it wastes money, water, and the natural resources needed to grow the food that is never eaten. 28% of the world’s farmland, an area larger than Canada, is used to grow food that is never eaten … 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. Jarred pasta sauce has to be special for us to give a brand the thumbs up. Hoboken Farms gets a big thumbs up. It is rich and thick with nice chunks of … Read More

  The benefits of exercise are undisputed including weight control, strengthening the heart, bones and muscles, and reducing the risk for disease. Researchers at the University of California San Diego recently showed that just one, 20 minute session of moderate exercise can also stimulate the immune system producing an anti-inflammatory response. Forty-seven people walked on … 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. 4th & Heart is an artisanal food brand that wants to bring ancient pantry foods into today’s kitchens. Their first product launch is a line of spreadable butters known as ghee which … Read More

With a limited budget, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) only spot tests about 1% of the 65,000 dietary supplements on the market. Dietary supplement makers aren’t required to prove their supplements have any effect on health. And, only ingredients developed after 1994 must be tested for safety before they hit the shelves. If a … Read More

Coconut sugar is increasing in popularity because it is viewed as a healthier, more ethical alternative to cane sugar. Coconut sugar is made from the sap of cut flowers. It is very labor intensive to produce because, to start, someone has to climb the trees to cut the blossoms. Claims that coconut sugar contains key … Read More

Greek mountain tea is a naturally caffeine-free, herbal infusion made from the dried flowers, leaves and stems of the Sideritis plant, which flourishes throughout high elevations in the mountains of Greece. Greeks refer to Greek mountain tea as the Tea of Gods and it dates back to ancient civilization, when Hippocrates, the father of modern … Read More

How Much Do You Need To Lose Before People Notice? A study done at the University of Toronto found that most people did not notice weight loss in others until at least 8 pounds were lost. To truly be identified by others as someone who has lost weight, women of average height needed to lose about … Read More