Currently Crushing On: Hemp Hearts

I recently discovered Manatobia brand Hemp Hearts on a Costco shopping trip.  I noticed that they were next to the chia seeds so I wondered if they were cousins.  I did pause when I read the back of the package touting it’s polyunsaturated omega 6 and omega 3 content. I purchased them anyway based on the nutrition facts and researched once I got home.

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My Take On Food Labels

I spend a lot of time reading food labels.  I read them in order to make informed choices.  I do not seek to achieve some imagined level of dietary perfection.  I use the information on food labels as just that, information, rather than as a flat directive of good versus bad.  While foods without labels are ideal, such as meat, eggs and fresh vegetables, I do consume processed foods.  When it comes to processed foods, I begin with asking myself the question “Does this appear to be something I might eat”.

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Homework Spotlight: Dr. Ben Bikman

I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to and reading information from Ben Bikman, PhD, a scientist and professor at Brigham Young University with a primary focus on better understanding chronic modern-day diseases, with special emphasis on the origins and consequences of obesity and diabetes. His research covers a lot of information on brown and white fat, as well as my favorite hormone insulin.  Continue reading