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What Makes Food Processed?

The world of food can be so confusing at times. There was a time when it was clear what food was - it came directly from nature - whether foraging, hunting, or farming. Now there are so many things we eat that don't resemble a natural food. Michael Pollan...

What You Need to Know about Thickeners

Thickeners are one of many ingredients added to processed foods. And they do just that: thicken. They absorb water and form a gel-like consistency. They’re often used to make foods thick and creamy, without having to add a lot of fat. Thickeners also tend to emulsify and stabilize foods they're...

Low Carb Diet: The Magic Bullet for Weight Loss?

Low carb diets have been popular on and off since the dawn of the Atkins fame (and maybe even earlier?). But, what exactly defines low carb? Does eating this way actually help with weight loss? Are there any other health benefits (or risks) to eating fewer carbs? Let’s see. What is a...

Prebiotics 101

In a nutshell, prebiotics feed our friendly gut microbes that are so important for good health. Our gut microbes are alive, and they need to eat too. Their favorite foods are called “prebiotics” and include dietary fiber and resistant starch. The same fiber that keeps us feeling full slows...

Antioxidant Foods vs. Supplements

Antioxidants are just that, they fight oxidation. The chemical process of oxidation is like rusting metal. A molecule loses electrons and creates the infamous free radicals.  Oxidation is also the reason why apples, bananas, and avocados go brown when the skin is broken, and they're exposed to air -...

Creating a Mindset for Health

So much of our health is about habits and actions, but where do these all stem from? What if we don’t have to make as many changes as we think we do? What if there was one powerful thing that makes a lot of difference? That one thing is mindset. Mindset...

What You Must Know About Vitamin K

We’ve all heard about vitamins A, B, C, D, and E.  But did you know there’s vitamin K? That’s right! Why would they skip vitamins F, G, H, I and J? Great question! That's because the "K" stands for "koagulation" which is the Danish spelling for "coagulation." Vitamin K is the...