Food pantry gives out garden seeds

Moving beyond canned foods at food pantries. For the Food Pantry Gardening program at the University of Missouri – sharing seeds and starter plants with food pantry recipients is a way to help them grow fresh produce of their own.  Bill McElvey is project coordinator for the Grow Well Missouri Project and says there’s a lot of growing going on.

HEALTHY LIVING PROGRAM – Growing well (1:30 mp3)

The shades and flavors of honey

Fuzzy and Sally Pipkins at the Missouri State Beekeepers Booth at 2014 Missouri State Fair

Fuzzy and Sally Pipkins at the Missouri State Beekeepers Booth at 2014 Missouri State Fair

Have you ever wondered why honey comes in so many different shades?  Fuzzy Pipkins with the Missouri Beekeepers Association says whether honey is light or darker depends on what nectar the bees have been gathering.  And, he says, that’s what gives honey its different flavors.  There are more than 300 types of honey in the United States.

HEALTHY LIVING PROGRAM – Honey shades and flavors explained (1:30 mp3)

Don’t deprive yourself of FAIR food – manage it!

Can you still eat healthily at county and state fairs?  Fair food is often full of calories, sugar, sodium, fat and….YES, FLAVOR! So how can you manage your diet when wanting to eat fair food but not wreck your diet?  One way is to graze – and share the least healthy treats with people you’re with instead of consuming them all yourself.  Plan ahead – eat a meal before you go so you’ll feel less hungry and tempted to over indulge.Walk the fairgrounds a couple of times – that exercise can help burn extra calories you consume.  And, don’t deprive yourself of fair treats.

HEALTHY LIVING PROGRAM – How to manage fair foods in a healthy diet (1:30 mp3)

New rules for “gluten-free” labels

There are changes for the use of the “gluten free” label.  What will that mean for consumers?  Until now, food makers could label foods “gluten-free” even if they were not.  Now, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has set a standard (less than 20 parts per million) that products must reach in order to be called “gluten-free.” However, the products do not have to be tested and labeling is voluntary.  Gluten is a protein in wheat, barley and rye. For people with Celiac Disease – who cannot eat gluten foods – this is a positive step.  But, the rule does NOT involve testing for gluten.

HEALTHY LIVING PROGRAM – Gluten-free labeling rules (1:30 mp3)

Watermelon at its peak

WatermelonWatermelon is not only a delicious summer treat, it’s loaded with vitamins and minerals including essential Vitamins A and C.  While Sunday was National Watermelon Day, it’s not the only day (or month, for that matter) to enjoy its delicious taste and to benefit from its nutrition.

HEALTHY LIVING PROGRAM – Watermelon good for you (1:30 mp3)

Six ways to save on beef at the store

Looking to save on beef at the grocery store?  Red meat prices have gone up this summer along with pork.  The Beef Chcekoff offers six ways to save on beef at the store.  The first one is to consider the price per serving —  If a pound of beef is $4.56 that works out to just $1.15 per serving.

HEALTHY LIVING PROGRAM – Six ways to save on beef (1:30 mp3)

Is technology the key to better nutrition?

What does the future of human nutrition look like and will it make a difference?  The difference says futurist Tom Frey is we will have more technology on top of the new technology we already have to help us know what our bodies need from a nutritional standpoint.  But will we apply that to our daily diets?

HEALTHY LIVING PROGRAM – Future of nutrition (1:30 mp3)

Americans choosing more chicken

More Americans, on average, are eating more chicken and price is not the main reason according to a new consumer survey. The survey found overall chicken consumption is up 17% from two years ago. While the lower price of chicken compared to the rising price for beef and pork was a factor, it was not the main factor in the overall increase in U.S. chicken consumption.  Respondents named nutrition and taste as the top reasons for choosing chicken. So how, then, does chicken compare with beef and pork from a nutritional stand-point?

HEALTHY LIVING PROGRAM – Chicken consumption/nutrition (1:30 mp3)

When a GMO food photo is not a GMO food

Tomato_GMO_NotA tomato with a syringe stuck in it – does that depict GMO foods?  GMO Answers – an interactive website that connects consumers with experts to answer their food concerns about GMO foods - has answered hundreds of questions from consumers in the year since the site was started.  Cathy Enbright with the Biotechnology Industry Organization says the top questions are always about GMO health and safety. And, GMO Answers is  countering some of those concerns with what it says are accurate images of GMO foods next to the inaccurate versions being perpetuated.

HEALTHY LIVING PROGRAM – GMO food photos (1:30 mp3)

GMO Answers

Don’t go by sight when cooking chicken

You may think you can but you cannot tell if your chicken is cooked to safety by looking at it. Christine Bruhn with the University of California Davis – who videotaped home cooks - says you have to use a thermometer to make sure the internal temperature is high enough. Going by sight alone, she says, can lead to under-cooked chicken and the risk of food-borne illness from eating it.

HEALTHY LIVING PROGRAM – Don’t go by sight when cooking chicken (1:30 mp3)