Friday, March 24, 2006

Recipe Makeovers

If you are trying to cut down on fat, sodium, or sugar you might think that you can no longer indulge in your favorite family recipes for banana bread or lasagna. Yet many recipes can be made healthier with just a few simple tweaks. Here are five strategies from the Mayo Clinic for transforming your recipes from guilt-laden to wellness-promoting pleasures.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Two Angry Moms

When Texas Agricultural Secretary Susan Coombs told the media that it will take 2 million angry moms to change the school lunch program, Amy Kalafa and Susan Rubin thought "Why not start with just two?" Armed with a movie camera, these two moms set out on a plan to visit school cafeterias to see what's on the menu and what the kids are eating. On their agenda is speaking to food service vendors, teachers, health experts, politicians and parents as well as officials from the USDA and the FDA. They hope to analyze the contents of various school lunches, compare costs and nutrition with a whole foods meal, and offer examples and workable alternatives.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Protect Your Right to Know!

The House of Representatives will vote this week on a controversial "national food uniformity" labeling law. This law is poised to eliminate local government and states' ability to require food safety food labels on foods or beverages that are likely to cause cancer, birth defects, allergic reactions, or mercury poisoning. This bill would also prevent citizens in local municipalities and states from passing laws requiring that genetically engineered foods and ingredients such as recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH) be labeled. This law clearly benefits the food industry (and the politicians whose campaigns they contribute to) at a great cost to consumers.

Click on the link above and tell your representatives to vote NO on March 8th!