News – “Midday Fix: Food and fitness after 50”

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Organic
Many believe that organic foods are better and more nutritious than non-organic foods. It’s also widely believed that conventionally grown produce is swimming in pesticides. Buying organic is expensive. So this leaves people feeling like they can’t afford to eat quality produce. The truth is, even organic farmers use pesticides to keep crops pest-free.
“Organic” doesn’t mean healthy. Organic cookies are still cookies, after all.
For a good healthy snack (organic, or otherwise), think small portions and nutrient-rich: A handful of nuts, an apple with a bit of peanut butter, a cheese stick with whole grain crackers, 6 oz. of yogurt.

Fresh
It’s wonderful to eat fresh and locally grown produce in season, when possible. But winter is just around the corner. Soon, fresh and locally grown foods will be hard to find. It’s important for folks to know: Canned and frozen fruits and vegetables aren’t evil. In fact, they are fantastic.
Modern food processing retains and, in some cases enhances, nutrients. (Example: Canned tomatoes). And sometimes, a simple rinse of a canned good (think black beans) can drastically reduce sodium and carbohydrates.

Artisan
Artisan is a word that is considered a “health halo.” It is food marketers’ best attempt to convey a healthy lifestyle. But nutritionally, it’s meaningless. Other common health halos: “Natural” and “Wholesome.”
When you go to the grocery store, it’s important to be skeptical of labels and packaging.


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