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  • What are the Best Organic Fruits and Veggies?

    One issue that’s come to my attention since I started thinking more about my food is the debate about organic foods — are they healthier, and is the cost worth the potential benefits? I’d love to buy organic food all the time, but it’s just not financially possible for me right now. That said, I […] More

  • Rooftop Community Garden Debated in Madison, WI

    With seasons changing yet again, starting a garden might be the last thing on a person’s mind. Not so here in Madison, Wisconsin, where a local group is pushing for more community garden spaces in the downtown area. This isn’t especially newsworthy until you hear where they’re proposing to add the garden – the top […] More

  • School Lunch Reform and a Food Critic’s Take on Chicken Nuggets

    Chicken nuggets. Taco salad. Pizza. Cartons of milk. Hot dogs. Mystery meat. These foods were all staples of my elementary and high school cafeterias, despite clear guidelines about the nutritional benefits for school meals. Efforts to reform school lunch got a boost Tuesday when Institute of Medicine of the National Academies released “School Meals: Building […] More

  • Pop Culture Foodies and “Guilt-Free” Eating

    Last Wednesday, two of my favorite foodies were on tv doing a segment about β€œguilt free” eating. Using simple substitutions, I learned I can save more than 200 calories by switching my morning bagel to an English muffin with Laughing Cow low-calorie cheese spread and almost 1,000 calories by switching from fettuccine alfredo to tofu […] More

  • Advice to “Eat Breakfast” Supported by New Brain Imaging Study

    Common dieting advice suggests eating breakfast because it can jump start your metabolism and helps prevent you from eating more later in the day. Researchers in London may have finally figured out why — skipping a morning meal can fool your brain into thinking the body actually wants high-calorie foods, which, if eaten too often, […] More

  • Seasonal Eating Help From the Vegetannual

    I recently heard a claim that people of my generation (I’m 23-years-old) are so disconnected from the food system that we can’t identify the correct season for our fruits and vegetables. At first, I scoffed at this idea – of course I know when to eat plants, that’s easy! Turns out, I have no idea. […] More