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Forget everything you know about taste. Remember that diagram that shows you how different parts of the tongue are susceptible to different tastes? The “tongue map” or “taste map” has been around for over a hundred years. It claims that the front of the tongue, for example, is responsible for sensing sweetness, and regulates the other four tastes...

SALT: FRIEND OR FOE? What is salt?  It is sodium chloride.  We need salt in our bodies.  We need it for nerve and muscle function.  We need it to regulate the proper amounts of fluid in our bodies.  It is a necessary evil.  We need it.  However, we do not need an over abundance of it. There are several types of salt and we use the various types for different reasons. ...

According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, eating canned vegetables can be just as beneficial to your health as eating fresh vegetables. Canned vegetables are a great option for increasing your daily vegetable consumption. They’re inexpensive to buy, easy to store, and last much longer than fresh produce. And once cooked, most fresh, frozen, and canned vegetables...

Why you should never shop when you are hungry It is an established fact that if you go grocery shopping when hungry, you are going to buy more ready to eat food items. What is worse is that your shopping cart will be laden with more high calorie foods than if you were to shop when reasonably full.  Research now shows the validity of this premise according to a report...

Most people are unaware of what is actually in the water that comes out of their tap. Unfortunately these are a lot of things in the water that should probably be removed prior to consumption. A recent study looked at all of the municipal water quality reports that were submitted over the course of one year. During that one year, 22 out of 25 U.S. cities had violations...

Antibiotics are used in farm animals to reduce the amount of illness as well as illness related deaths that occur on livestock farms. These antibiotics should be used cautiously both in humans and animals because overuse can lead to antibiotic resistance which can be very dangerous to the animal and human population. Medical professionals are supposed to take great caution...

Genetically modified foods, or GMOs, have been the subject of much controversy. Companies such as Monsanto and Syngenta have come under fire for creating pesticide resistant crops because they allow for more chemicals to be used in agribusiness. While most of the debate centers on these GMO foods, the methods used by organic farmers to control weed and insect infestations...

The Food and Drug Administration is in charge of reviewing and approving any new artificial sweeteners that are offered to the general public in the U.S.  There have been six artificial sweeteners approved by the FDA and a number of natural sweeteners.  Some artificial sweeteners are called high intensity sweeteners, because only a small amount is needed to achieve a...

It’s common knowledge that many of the big food manufacturers sneak all types of ingredients into their packaged food. However, many consumers don’t know that they are also doing this to, what we thought, were natural foods and the  U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is on a mission to change that. Based on a recent article published on WebMD, the FDA says that...

Do you remember anything about the “pink slime” fiasco that occurred a couple of years ago? As reported by an article on the WebMD site, the controversy surrounding the ground beef filler and how it was made, forced many manufacturers to drastically scale down on its production. What Exactly Is Pink Slime? Pink slime is the nickname given to a meat product that...

Yakety Yak Yaks are those shaggy bison-looking creatures that inhabit the uppermost regions of south Central Asia, predominately around the Himalayan region and the Tibetan plateau but are also found as far north as Mongolia and Russia. Yak—the word is Tibetan for the male of these creatures—are bovine and therefore related to cattle, and like cattle they are domesticated...

What is this hype about organic vegetables? More and more Americans are turning to organic vegetables because of the promises made about them by those who market them — which can be misleading since marketers, having a vested interest in what people think about their products, are likely to give information about them that is less than objective. Let us show you...

With a worldwide production of 175 million metric tons of sugar, it would be fair to say that the world has a sugar obsession. Used in desserts, soft drinks and even regular foods, sugar is everywhere. Over the decades, sugar has been found to be a significant contributor to long term negative health effects, this fact has caused food companies and manufacturers to look...

Native American women have been touting the hot flash-soothing benefits of black cohosh for centuries. Women nowadays also claim that it works and scientists have no idea why or how. Thankfully,  the mysteries of ancient herbal remedies will soon be revealed due to rigorous studies that are being done at US botanical research centers.  Their goal is to produce solid...

In 1996, Dolly the Sheep was born; she was the first cloned mammal, and her birth was followed by a hurricane of political, scientific, legal and financial debate.  One of the more troubling questions was, is the meat of a cloned animal safe to eat? What is cloning? Cloning is the process whereby a cell is taken from a creature, and is used to grow an exact duplicate...