Risk of E. Coli is Much Lower in Grass-fed Ground Beef

People may intuitively understand that local, grass-fed ground beef is safer than conventional ground meat, but I doubt that they understand just how much safer it really is, and why. There are three basic reasons why it is safer. First, cows are ruminants and evolved to eat grass.  Unfortunately, cows that … Continue reading

The Dangers of High-Fructose Corn Syrup

High-Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is healthy because fructose is found in fruit, right?  Wrong. Coke contained traditional cane-sugar until 1984 when the sugar was replaced entirely with HFCS. Fructose is found in fruit, but fructose is not healthy.  A USDA study observed that rats fed large amounts of sugar developed … Continue reading

There is No Such Things as Completely Safe Food

The goal of government regulation in the area of food and agriculture, at least according to rhetoric, is to ensure that food is safe.  Complete safety is the stated top priority.  But is such a goal possible? Yes, but only by severely compromising nutrition. All of nature is mixture of things that are … Continue reading

Book Review: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life

I recently read the book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, by Barbara Kingsolver.  This book tells the story of the author and her family who, having lived for a long period in Tucson, Arizona, packed up and moved to a rural area in western Virginia where they attempted … Continue reading

Video: Take a Lesson from Nature … Eat Like a Fungus

Decay and spoilage are necessary and natural parts of life.  As an illustration, a tree grows leaves that are healthy and green.  Those leaves soon turn brown and fall to the ground.  They quickly decay and provide nourishment to the microorganisms in the soil.  Such microorganisms feed the tree and allow it to grow more healthy … Continue reading

Making Sense of Grocery-store Eggs

Grocery stores have lots of different kinds of eggs. All come from chickens, but some are labeled “all natural”, others “organic”, and still others “free-range”. Some are even “organic free range”. So what are the differences and which are best? All Natural: This term is generally meaningless. This is what … Continue reading

Healthy Food – Prepared Easily

Have you ever come home, opened your fridge and wondered what to have for dinner with the few ingredients you have available? Have you ever come back home and ordered some take away since what you had really wasn’t so promising? These scenarios seem to become more and more common … Continue reading

Eat Well – Therapeutic Foods

Currently in the UK, the Food Standards Agency, the Government and NHS guidelines indicate the healthiest way to eat to avoid obesity is to use the “eat well plate” This is essentially a simple way to ensure that you eat the “right” amount from each food group. It recommends plenty … Continue reading

Nothing is More Healthy Than … Fat?

Fat has a bad reputation in our modern culture.  And that is putting it mildly.  Its consumption is blamed for everything from heart disease and strokes to earthquakes.  Alright, I made the last part up, but fat certainly gets a very bad rap. Is the bad rap deserved?  Absolutely not. … Continue reading

Nourishing Food Need Not Be Expensive

I often hear that obtaining a traditional diet is too expensive.  People argue that eating a nourishing diet that avoids all industrial foods and that includes some lacto-fermented foods, quality fats, raw dairy, and wild seafood or pasture-raised animals products is simply not financially feasible for the vast majority of the population.  In other words, even if people wanted to eat traditionally and … Continue reading

Meat Meal Back on the Menu

Thierry Clerc, clinical homeopath and nutritionist, asks the question: “do you trust the authorities to keep your food safe?” In the middle of the horse-meat crisis, the European Union has decided to re-allow the use of meat and bone extracts to feed animals destined for human consumption, a practice that has … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Nigella Lawson

In this week’s Born This Day series, City Connect celebrates the birthday of Nigella Lawson who was born on 6 January 1960. Nigella is renowned for her flirtatious manner of presenting and has been called the “Queen of Food Porn”. Biography Nigella Lawson (born 6 January 1960) is an English … Continue reading

Importance of Good Sources of Calcium

City Connect’s Health Writer Thierry Clerc looks at calcium and discusses the importance of getting good sources of calcium from the foods you eat. You may be surprised to hear that diary is not the best source of calcium we’ve all been led to believe. Read his full article below… … Continue reading

Securely Nutritious

Food security. We commonly think of the term as referring to whether someone has access to food and that enough food is available. However, there’s food and then there’s safe and nutritious food. Karyn Havas and Mo Salman of Colorado State University argue that we should also think of food … Continue reading

Have You Eaten Your Fruit Today?

Fruit are one of the best sources of vitamins, natural sugars and other components that are beneficiary to human health. Many berries have been claimed to contain valuable antioxidants that prevent oxidative damage to cells and can thus potentially help prevent cancer. Vitamins also help prevent other diseases and an … Continue reading

Raspberry Ketone

Raspberry ketone, more specifically, 4-(4-hydroxyphenyl)butan-2-one, is an organic compound, a phenolic or ketonic compound depending on which end you focus on, present in red raspberries, it’s the main chemical that gives them their distinctive aroma. As such, it is used widely in perfumery, cosmetics, and the food industry, giving products … Continue reading

Chopstick Etiquette

Adrian Fernand – Australia’s most stylish agony uncle and etiquette guru – looks at using chopstick correctly and the different social protocols across certain Asian countries. More Westerners seem to know the annoying little piano ditty better than how to use chopsticks correctly. Often one’s education is imparted by one’s … Continue reading

Allo Bhathure – Deep Fried Bread Stuffed with Potatoes

A few weeks ago my husband wanted to have some choley bhathure for the weekend and so I prepared it for him. While I was preparing the dough I started thinking about my childhood trip to Delhi and my mind was flooded with old memories (read here if you want to know more). … Continue reading