“Sell by” and “Use by” dates explained

Sell by and Use by dates are only regulated on one food product and that’s infant formula. So, what do they mean on other foods? Londa Nwadike, an extension food safety specialist with the University of Missouri and Kansas State, explains. She says infant formula is the only food regulated by the federal government that must be dated for safety and nutrition.

HEALTHY LIVING PROGRAM – Sell by and Use by dates (1:30 mp3)

Farm Mom on healthy school lunches

A Missouri farm mom says there are many healthy foods available for children’s lunches – no matter how they were produced. Chris Chinn is a fifth generation farmer and in this program she explains “organic” and “GMO”s to try and demystify them when it comes to choosing healthy foods for your kids.

HEALTHY LIVING PROGRAM – Demystifying food terms for healthy school lunches (1:30 mp3)

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)