Diet & Nutrition

How to Tell if Your Eggs are Still Fresh

  • Posted on: 21 May 2012
  • By: mokshalom

Usually you can use your eggs past the expiration date. But how do you know if they are still good? Here's an easy test:

Put your egg into a bowl of cool water.

If the egg sinks to the bottom of the bowl, it is fresh.

If one end of the egg sinks, while the other end floats up (so the egg looks like it is "standing" on one end), then it's not fresh but still OK to eat.

If the egg floats all the way to the top, it's bad.

Scary Flesh-Eating Bacteria

  • Posted on: 14 May 2012
  • By: mokshalom

One of the top headlines today is a story about a 24-year-old woman who got flesh-eating bacteria, or "necrotizing fasciitis," after a fall from a zip line. She's had one leg amputated and may lose some fingers and her other foot.

This is one of those scary stories that makes us wonder how vulnerable we might be to just the most minor of scrapes and cuts. Western medicine has some basic advice to give people to prevent such problems:

There is no known way to fully prevent the illness, but the National Necrotizing Fasciitis Foundation suggests these common sense tips: frequent hand-washing, immediate medical treatment for wounds (thorough cleansing of the area and application of an antibacterial ointment), limited contact with anyone with a strep infection, and teaching children the need for cleanliness.

Nutella: Eat in Moderation

  • Posted on: 8 May 2012
  • By: mokshalom

A woman recently filed a lawsuit against Nutella for misleading advertising - she was angry that she thought she was feeding her child something "healthy" - despite Nutella being the flavor and consistency of a melted chocolate bar.

But Nutella isn't bad for you, as long as it's consumed in moderation. Don't put a big spoonful in your mouth - especially one after the other - because one tablespoon contains 100 calories. But a small amount spread upon a piece of whole grain toast shouldn't kill you.

From Slate:

Using a Feeding Tube to Diet?

  • Posted on: 22 April 2012
  • By: mokshalom

What's next? Gluing your mouth shut so you can only eat what fits through a straw? The latest fad diet is the "feeding tube diet," which involves a doctor putting a feeding tube down your nose and carrying around a bag filled with liquid proteins and fats.

This seems like an extreme way to lose a few pounds. My question is, can you eat other things while the tube is down your throat? Would it stop you from downing a Twinkie or some ice cream?

A Tale of Fluoride Poisoning

  • Posted on: 11 January 2011
  • By: mokshalom

I've always had mixed feelings about the controversy over fluoride. While I am a fan of natural health, I am also measured in my approach and not swayed by hysteria. (For example, after researching the pros and cons of microwaves, I decided that microwaves are probably safe. Your mileage may vary.) So I haven't been overly fearful about the fluoride put into our drinking water.

However, some do have very strong reactions to fluoride. If you have vague symptoms and can't find relief, and no doctor seems to be able to help you, perhaps you have a fluoride "allergy." I'm terming it that because it seems some people have very strong reactions to it, while others, not so much. It's important to keep that in perspective, because I feel being fearful of every possible additive that might be in your food or water is stress-inducing - and that stress is possibly more harmful to your health than the actual additive!

Alert! Aspartame is Being Renamed "AminoSweet"

  • Posted on: 15 November 2010
  • By: mokshalom

Be on the lookout: Aspartame is being renamed "AminoSweet" and will be marketed as a "natural" sweetener:

"Over 25 years ago, aspartame was first introduced into the European food supply. Today, it is an everyday component of most diet beverages, sugar-free desserts, and chewing gums in countries worldwide. But the tides have been turning as the general public is waking up to the truth about artificial sweeteners like aspartame and the harm they cause to health. The latest aspartame marketing scheme is a desperate effort to indoctrinate the public into accepting the chemical sweetener as natural and safe, despite evidence to the contrary."

More here:

Osha - the Herb, Not the Acronym - for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

  • Posted on: 17 October 2010
  • By: mokshalom

When I hear of OSHA, I normally think of a government agency (The Occupational Safety and Health Administration). Osha is also an herb, which is used to fight colds and viruses. It has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. It is said to be especially good for upper respiratory infections, and it helps oxygenate the blood.

I had never heard of Osha until the other day, however. I had just moved across three states and was run down and experiencing some symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome. It could have been a cold, or even allergies, but I was just bone tired and feeling like a truck hit me. Even though I do holistic healing, I forget sometimes to take care of myself using the tools available. I remembered there was a health food store across the street from my new apartment complex, and I went there to get some natural remedies.

Eat Your Way to Happiness

  • Posted on: 6 September 2010
  • By: mokshalom

I've been meaning to share this book: Eat Your Way to Happiness by Elizabeth Somer. While the book says it will help you "keep the pounds off," this is a great nutrition book for everyone. It is also especially helpful for anyone who has mood problems, because the author goes into great detail about how food affects our mood.

I liked the book because she made things easy to implement and doable. Rather than feeling like you had to go on a restrictive diet to the point of throwing out anything halfway yummy, the approach here is about adding better foods but also giving yourself a treat once in a while. You don't have to become vegan or a raw foodist or learn how to make your own tofu in order to benefit from her suggestions.

I've implemented a few of the suggestions in the book and found I do have more energy. Specifically, I make a point of eating whole grains every morning to give myself a continual source of energy during the day.

Is Rusty Water Safe to Drink?

  • Posted on: 1 September 2010
  • By: mokshalom

I left for vacation and when I returned, the water coming out of my faucets was brown when it first came out of the pipe. While the water eventually became "clear" for the most part, My Brita water filter did not totally remove all the rust, and the water in the pitcher has been a bit cloudy.

Curious as to whether this water was safe to drink or not, I searched online and found the answer. Is rusty water safe to drink? The short answer is yes, unless you have an extremely rare condition where iron accumulates in the body organs.

From the UC Berkeley Wellness Letter:

Oh No, Not Shrimp Too!

  • Posted on: 25 January 2010
  • By: mokshalom

Is there some agency that is charged with reviewing all the foods we've been eating for centuries, for the purpose of driving us insane about what we can and cannot eat? Seems hardly a month goes by without some food being declared unfit for consumption. It started with coffee than went to milk and I've lost track of how many foods have been deemed unfit for consumption. Is this an industry? What's next apples?

Such is the lament of one commenter on Jill Richardson's article "Shrimp's Dirty Secrets: Why America's Favorite Seafood Is a Health and Environmental Nightmare."

And yes. Now the big bad food is shrimp. Shrimp!

Given all the scare and horror stories around about various types of food, you think something as seemingly benign as shrimp would be OK. Ooops. No, it's not.