Say it ain’t so — ginger ale doesn’t calm stomachs????

One of the few things I remember enjoying when I was sick as a child was drinking ginger ale to calm an upset stomach. I had terrible reactions to things like milk and aspirin as a child. Each sent my stomach reeling (you can imagine the details, I’ll leave it at ‘reeling.’)

But then there was ginger ale, tasty, soothing, calming. And I had a crush on the White Rock Ginger Ale girl (New Yorkers will remember that brand).

The White Rock Girl
The White Rock Girl

My mother also believed in the healing powers of ginger ale, always calling for it when she was sick as “bring me the ginger.”

So imagine my disappointment when I saw Ginger Ale Isn’t the Key to Calming Your Stomach—Here’s Why.

“One report finally sets the record straight, with the help of a leading gastroenterologist: ginger ale does not calm queasiness or aid other sickness symptoms. It’s ginger that does this best, but ginger and ginger ale are not one in the same,” reports Cooking Light. Continue reading “Say it ain’t so — ginger ale doesn’t calm stomachs????”

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Ever eat and still feel hungry? This may explain it

Are you full yet? My wife tends to ask me that every time we eat and I usually reply, no, I’m never really full.

Is that really possible or am I just focusing feeling stuffed with being full? As it turns out, apparently you can eat some foods that just leave you feeling hungry. I was intrigued by that idea when I saw this headline 12 Foods That Leave You Hungry  on WebMD, so I clicked through to view the list.

my egg white omelet apparently isn;t filling me up.

Of the foods listed, I eat low-fate yogurt and egg whites regularly on advice from various nutritionists I’ve seen since my first angioplasty back in 2012. And doughnuts, french fries and diet soda are on my regular cheat list as well, so that’s five out of the 12. No wonder I never feel full. Check the list to see how many of your favorites are on it. Two I have cut out since  2012 are white bread and white rice.

Come hear health & wellness coach Michelle Gillespie March 12

Health & Wellness Coach Michelle Gillespie will be leading a healthy-eating tour of Whole Foods in north Evanston Tuesday, March 12 at 6:30 p.m., at a meeting of the North Suburban chapter of Mended Hearts. All are welcome at the free event.

Michelle Gillespie
Michelle Gillespie

“Those of us dealing with heart issues are almost inevitably told we have to change how we eat. But beyond that, there’s a dizzying array of advice, often conflicting. Michelle will help us cut through all that with some real examples of how to translate advice into good shopping habits,” says John N. frank, founder of the North Suburban Mended Hearts chapter.

Mended Hearts is a national support group for those dealing with heart and artery diseases. The meeting will be at the Whole Foods on Green Bay Road just north of Central Street in Evanston.

5 Food Trends for 2019 — back to basics

The year may be almost 1.6th over, but we still wanted to report on a prediction for food trends for 2019, so here’s the outlook from the GE Appliances site, of all places. But I suppose who better to predict than a maker of ovens?

A tasty idea, grill fish on a bed of lemon slices.
Pacific Rim Fusion cooking includes lots of seafood.

The first is Pacific Rim fusion which the site defines broadly as cuisines from any country that touches on the Pacific Ocean, from the United States all the way to New Zealand, Japan and their neighbors.

A second trend will be the return of classic cooking techniques while a third is the resurfacing of French cuisine and French cooking techniques (somewhere, Julia Child is smiling.

Another is plant-based eating which has been getting a great deal of press this year.

Sadly, there’s nothing in here about lower-salt, lower-sugar, and healthy fat cooking

Food Network Magazine: not exactly a no salt, no fat, no sugar recipe haven

I recently subscribed to the Food Network Magazine (it was a Christmas special deal). I’m always scouring food magazines for no salt, no fat, no sugar recipes and thought I might find some in this successful title.

But alas I found little if anything I can eat on my heart-healthy diet. I should have suspected that I suppose.

I used to love watching Food Network cooking shows but have given that up as I came to realize its chefs are addicted to salt, fat and sugar in the recipes they tout.

The same is true of recipes in the magazine. There’s a section called Weeknight Cooking, for example, that has 10-12 entree recipes an issue. These seems to be the only recipes in each issue that list nutrition content. Some aren’t too bad when it comes to salt. One recipe for Chicken with Ginger Beet Noodles, for example, has 605 mgs of sodium a serving. But it also contains 20 grams of fat and 3 grams of saturated fat.

Continue reading “Food Network Magazine: not exactly a no salt, no fat, no sugar recipe haven”

Is black pepper the next super food?

I’m always wary of claims that various foods can cure anything or even improve health. The science of how what we eats impacts us is still too primitive and too general for my taste. Case-in-point is this story I read recently about black pepper.

Find a spice store that will create salt-free blends for you
Find a spice store that will create salt-free blends for you

For someone trying to cut salt from their diets, pepper becomes a go-to flavoring It’s usually available when eating out, for one, and it’s tasty without being spicy hot which I tend to shy away from. So I’m using more pepper in my cooking.

But this Time article says black pepper could aid digestion and have other health benefits as well. It also can counter-act some carcinogens in charred beef (barbecue fans take note).

I hope all that is true, but for now, I’ll just use black pepper because I like the taste. If you have a local spice shop, ask for a salt-free mixture of various peppers as I’ve done to get some variety of flavor.

Here’s one reason olive oil gets all the glory

Olive oil is like the Mount Olympus of ‘good’ fat, most nutritionists agree. But exactly why is that the case? So much of nutrition science is still in its infancy that I often am skeptical when anything is touted as a ‘healthy’ food.

Always carry your own oil and vinegar packets to use on any salad. I buy these in bulk on Amazon.
Always carry your own oil and vinegar packets to use on any salad. I buy these in bulk on Amazon.

But a new study may give some insight into why olive oil can help us. Apparently it helps your good cholesterol, the HDL kind, work more effectively, according to an article in Cooking Light magazine.

Continue reading “Here’s one reason olive oil gets all the glory”

Have some bad eating habits? Here are ways to break those

Bad eating, binge eating, eating lots of sugar, salt and fat — all are ways to say we have bad eating habits.

Like to over-eat? Try this quiz that may help you break that and other bad habits.

A new year is always a good time to resolve to break such bad habits, it’s a fresh start after all, isn’t it?

So try taking this WebMD quiz on how to break bad habits. Some of the answers it gives (you have to answer questions and then get told if you gave the right or wrong answer, may surprise you. The correct answers will give you tips on how to best break bad habits.

 

Looking for a diet plan? Here’s how U.S. News ranks the plans

I’ve said before this is not a diet site, its a site for helping you cut the salt, fat and sugar from your daily food intake (ok, diet). If you cut all three of those, chances are you’ll be losing weight because you will simply be eating less.

But that said, it’s January and this is when everyone realizes how much they over-ate during the year-end Holiday season and so searches for the best diet to help them drop some pounds.

The Keto Diet got lots of press in 20918, but it’s not at the top of the list of best diets U.S. News has put out for 2019. Number one is the Mediterranean Diet which I think of as very old-school since it’s been around, and recommended by healthcare professionals, for some time. Continue reading “Looking for a diet plan? Here’s how U.S. News ranks the plans”

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