Posted in July 2012

Breakfast Cereal Reality Check

Some breakfast cereals aren’t breakfast, they’re really dessert pretending to be breakfast.  Breakfast cereal can be a great choice for a quick meal, or it can be a nutritional disaster, or something in between.  And just reading the health claims on the front of the cereal box may not be very helpful.  Breakfast cereal is … Continue reading

Muffins are Dessert

What do you usually eat for breakfast?  Perhaps it’s a pastry and coffee, a bowl of cereal, or maybe a delicious muffin with a mug of tea.   If any of these are your go-to breakfast you may be eating dessert for breakfast. What makes something a dessert?  If sugar in any of its forms is … Continue reading

Gluten: Friend, Foe or Fad?

Every day brings new gluten-free foods to the grocery shelf.  In many different media there are strident voices denouncing gluten as a big problem, and others extolling the virtues of gluten rich wheat as a the staff of life.  Let’s explore what gluten is, why there’s so much attention being paid to it today, and … Continue reading

Food Hero — Marion Nestle

Independence Day in the USA is a good day to celebrate our nation’s heroes.  One of my  heroes is nutrition and public health professor  Marion Nestle.    She is an accomplished author and speaker and has helped shape food policy in our nation for many years.  She is a sensible person.  She works for the public … Continue reading