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Hydroponic or soil-grown?

Vegetable value depends on the nutrient solution By Sophie Egan The New York Times, Dec. 23, 2016 Question: Are vegetables grown hydroponically as nutritious as those grown in soil? Answer: The bottom line is it depends on the nutrient solution the vegetables are grown in, but hydroponically grown vegetables can be just as nutritious as […]

Peanuts back on kids’ menu

Study foresees reduction in allergies as a result By RONI CARYN RABIN The New York Times, Jan. 5, 2017 Peanuts are back on the menu. In a significant reversal from past advice, new national health guidelines call for parents to give their children foods containing peanuts early and often, starting when they’re infants, as a […]

Do plant milks measure up?

Beverages’ nutrition levels vary widely By Roni Caryn Rabin The New York Times, Nov. 11, 2016 Question: Which kind of milk is more nutritious: almond, soy, coconut or cashew? Answer: “It varies based on the company,” said Sara Haas, a dietitian speaking on behalf of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “I encourage people to […]

Spuds call Peru home

Potatoes first domesticated in Andes highlands By Steph Yin The New York Times, Nov. 18, 2016 Nobody knows precisely what the Pilgrims’ first Thanksgiving feast looked like. According to primary sources, there was fowl (likely including wild turkeys), venison and cornmeal for sure. Possible side dishes were cranberries, pumpkin and stuffing made with onions, nuts […]

Rye: Comin’ thro again

Most Americans don’t know the real thing By Julia Moskinjan The New York Times, Jan. 10, 2017 Any adventurous eater who has wandered into the woods of modern Nordic cuisine has probably tripped over a loaf of rye bread. There is wonderfully chewy rugbrod at Great Northern Food Hall in Grand Central Terminal, spice-scented Swedish […]

‘Sell by’ date: Hard or soft?

Usually it’s a guideline, not a warning By Sophie Egan The New York Times, July 15, 2016 Question: Can you eat foods past the ‘sell by’ date? Answer: Although the USDA food safety chart recommends that chicken, for example, only be kept in the fridge for two days, the “sell by” dates for chicken sold […]

Vegetarians varied

There’s a diet style for just about everybody From WebMD The simplest definition of vegetarianism is a diet free of meat, fish, and fowl flesh. But eating habits of vegetarians cover a wide spectrum. At one end are lacto-ovo vegetarians, who avoid animal flesh but eat eggs and milk products. At the other end are […]

Wheatgrass: What’s it worth?

Not much evidence that it does much good From WebMD What is wheatgrass? Wheatgrass juice may look like what you’d get if you put your lawn trimmings in a blender. But fans say it can strengthen the immune system, detoxify the body, and ward off disease. Folk medicine practitioners once used wheatgrass for everything from […]

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