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Nutrition

Lay Off the Juice Cleanse Diet. You've Been Lied To.

juicingveggiesA cup of fresh-squeezed fruits and veggies might seem like the ultimate healthy snack. With everyone from your next-door neighbor to A-list celebrities professing their love for $12 containers of the suspicious-looking stuff, there must be miracle in the bottle, right?

Wrong.

The juicing trend is just that: a trend. Despite their soaring popularity, liquefied fruits and veggies are far from the panacea they are claimed to be.

Here's why:

1. Your body doesn't need cleansing.

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5 Reasons Why Eating the 'Wrong' Thing Is a Good Thing

eatingtoomuchofagoodthingYou swore off sugar (or dairy or white flour or grains or squirrel or whatever) because you've decided you're addicted to it and it's horrible for you and you just cannot have it in your house. You just can't control yourself around it. It's ruining your life, dag gummit! (That's the correct spelling of that word. I actually looked it up.)

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3 Elements to Spice Up Your Relationship With Your Kitchen

eatingfreeNutrition can be a political fight, but there is one area where everyone agrees -- vegan, Mediterranean, even Paleo -- is on the importance of the kitchen. Your relationship with your kitchen is as important as any other relationship in your life, and like all relationships it takes a little work. But the rewards are huge! So what, you ask, are the elements of a healthy relationship with your kitchen?

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A Closer Look at "Gluten-Free"

glutenfreesealNow, when you see a food product claiming to be “gluten-free,” you’ll know what you’re getting. The FDA has issued a final rule to define the term “gluten-free.” Plus, similar claims like “no gluten,” “free of gluten” and “without gluten” have to meet the “gluten-free” definition’s requirements.

Using these labels is voluntary for food-makers. A product has to meet certain standards to carry the claim, though:

  • Does not have ingredients with gluten, like spelt, wheat, barley, or rye.
  • Does not have more than 20 parts per million (ppm) gluten
  • Does not inherently contain gluten.

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