Food Is Not Your Enemy

Nut Butters: Safe or Scary?

If your kid is like most, chances are she eats a lot of peanut butter. And that’s generally a good thing: PB is rich in monounsaturated fats, which helps keep cholesterol down, and studies have shown that people who regularly eat peanut butter or nuts are less likely to develop type 2 diabetes or heart disease. And, while somewhat counterintuitive since they’re pretty calorie-dense, eating nuts can help with weight control.

But are all peanut butters created equal? And what about almond butter, or those chocolate hazelnut spreads — are they a good choice for your family? Read my latest column on AOL’s ParentDish to find out.


Jarred Spaghetti Sauce: Safe or Scary?

Talk about an easy, quick dinner. Boil noodles. Heat jarred sauce in a pot. Pour sauce over pasta and serve.

But when it comes to food, convenience, unfortunately, so often means you’re getting additives and undesirable “extras” in whatever it is you’re eating. And jarred spaghetti sauce is no exception. Are there any good jarred sauces out there? Read my latest column on AOL’s ParentDish to find out.

Chicken: Safe or Scary?

We’ve been hearing for years that we should cut down on the amount of red meat we eat. Since these exhortations began, Americans have largely been plunging their forks into chicken instead — to the tune of 8 billion birds a year — because it’s healthier, right? Well, that depends. Read my latest column on AOL’s ParentDish to find out.

Natural Sweeteners: Safe or Scary?

What is going on with sugar? We’re suddenly being inundated with ads for soft drinks and other products touting that they use “real sugar!” Is sugar not so bad then, at least when compared to the near-ubiquitous food additive high-fructose corn syrup? And what about honey, pure maple syrup, and agave nectar — are these natural sweeteners (“natural” because they all contain some form of real sugar) a healthier option for you and your kids? Read my latest column on AOL’s ParentDish to find out.

Noodles: Safe or Scary?
September 18, 2009, 9:39 am
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Is there any food kids love more than pasta? Chances are, pasta, in some form, makes a regular appearance at the dining table. But should it be in regular rotation, or more of a once-in-a-while thing? Read my latest column on AOL’s ParentDish to find out whether Italian pasta, ramen, mac and cheese, and canned pasta meals are good for you and your family.

Potatoes: Safe or Scary?

There’s a lot of confusion around the potato — are these humble tubers good for you, or not? Do they make you fat? Do they cause diabetes? Or are they a nourishing food that should be a staple in our diets? Read my latest column on AOL’s ParentDish to find out whether America’s favorite vegetable is safe, or scary.

Leafy Greens: Safe or Scary?

Popeye and his spinach. George H.W. Bush and his (hatred of) broccoli. Mom leaning over you and admonishing, “Eat your greens!” The leafy green vegetables we’re told more and more often to eat by the shovelful evoke strong feelings or memories for many of us. But are all greens as healthy as they’ve been made out to be? Check out my latest “Safe or Scary?” column over at AOL’s ParentDish to find out.