The Orange vs. the Juice

A basic idea of nutritional approaches to health is that whole foods are generally “better” than foods derived or processed from them. It’s the total nutritional package that counts, as Dr. Royal Lee pointed out many decades ago and as research has confirmed – at least in some cases. For instance, a study published last […]

Is It Real Food or Not?

A healthy diet begins with eating real food: vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fish and meat, and minimally processed foods and meals made from them. And how do you know if something is overprocessed? As Michael Pollan put it, if your grandmother wouldn’t recognize it as food, don’t eat it. Or you could use this handy […]

Junking the Junk Food for Real Food (Without Breaking the Bank)

The more the economy tanks, the more we hear about people shifting to cheaper food sources – even as Americans already spend less on food per capita than others in the world. These cheap foods tend to be very highly processed – high in sugars and fats, and less nutrient-dense than whole or lightly processed […]