Processed Food Primer for the New Year
The bottom line is many foods need to go through processing to make them edible and easier to use, such as cans of stewed or diced tomatoes. Processing can also extend shelf life and make food safer, such as pasteurizing milk and juices.
Q and A
Q: Are there any benefits to "teatoxing"?
A: Of all the nutrition misinformation, the idea that one can "detox" tolose weight and get healthy is among the most popular and potentially most harmful. Proponents claim that you can "flush your system" by drinking special concoctions. Teatoxing, a hybrid of "tea" and "detox," adds a new twist to an old story; a special tea drunk twice a day will "remove toxins" and help you lose weight. The problem: there's little scientific evidence that it works. In order to lose weight, you must reduce calorie intake. And "detoxing" is a premise with no scientific foundation to prove it's correct. Our bodies regularly remove toxins through our liver and kidneys. Many teatoxing teas contain senna leaf - a known herbal laxative. Consumers of the tea may have increased bowel movements which might give the impression of a detox. This could also result in weight loss, but not in a healthful way. On a bright note, teatoxing plans also may include recommendations for healthy eating. One such program suggests eating a diet comprised of fruits, vegetables, beans, tofu, oats and brown rice. That's a recommendation worth trying -- no special tea required. -- Environmental Nutrition.
Here's a recipe for a holiday meal that utilizes your slow cooker. It's from the Produce for Kids website.
Slow Cooker Ham and Pineapple with Roasted Asparagus and Cherry Tomatoes
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard