Tastes Nutritious

blog to discuss everyday questions about nutrition


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Is snacking on dried fruit healthy?

If you eat it in small portions, it is.

Dried fruit is a fantastic invention. It gives us an instant energy boost, it can be taken anywhere and can be stored for a long time. Best of all, dried fruit retains most of the nutritional value of its fresh counterpart. So including a small portion of dried fruit in your everyday diet will give you similar benefits to eating real fruit. Continue reading


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Why should we pay attention to what we eat?

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The answer is simple: because it impacts our health. The choices we make in shops and restaurants have a significant impact on our lives. We all know about the advice to drink fewer sodas, eat less fat and avoid trans fats. But not everyone knows that there are dangerous synthetic chemicals in what we would consider healthy foods like milk, yogurts, breads and even some fruit and veg.

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Is eating breakfast good for you?

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I strongly believe it is.

Although this topic has been discussed for years, the lack of consistency of reports and newspaper articles has been frustrating for many. Take for example a study published in the American Heart Association Journal, Circulation, in July 2013. This study followed the eating habits of almost 27,000 men between 1992 and 2008 and concluded that “eating breakfast was associated with significantly lower cardiovascular disease risk”. In fact, in this study, the men that skipped breakfast had 27% higher risk of dying from a heart attack or other coronary heart disease. However another study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in September 2013 concluded that “the belief in link between eating breakfast in the morning and cardiovascular benefits exceeds the strength of scientific evidence”.

So how do we know if eating breakfast in the morning is good for us?

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Nutrition in the news – interesting articles from September 2013

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Here are some interesting articles that I came across in September 2013: Continue reading


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How do I get my child to eat more veggies?

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This is a question everyone asks at at one point or another. Quick search on the web immediately pops up with lots of lists of proven ways to make this happen. These ‘proven’ ways include: setting an example, arranging the vegetables into a pretty shape, making food fun, getting kids involved in cooking the food, rewarding good behavior, enforcing the ‘one bite rule’, trying it at least 15 times, offering diverse colors and many others. In a desperate attempt to get my boys to eat a potato in any shape or form, including fries, I tried all of these and they all failed. For my boys potato was just not for eating, they had fun cooking it or throwing it on the floor but not eating it.

I started to dig a little further into why these ‘proven’ ways have failed and I discovered that Continue reading


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Does meal planning lead to a healthier and happier life?

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Yes it does and if you have never planned a meal before then check out cooksmarts.com. Cooksmarts is a cool new company that I came across very recently. It was set up by Jess Dang with the mission ‘to help you live happier, simpler, smarter in the kitchen by creating content that inspires, educates, and empowers the everyday home cook.’ They make meal planning easy and have lots fantastic recipes.

I am a big believer in meal planning. I used to love the spontaneity of cooking or going out while single but with 2 little boys constantly asking: “what’s for breakfast”, “what’s for lunch”, “what snack do we have today”, “what’s for dinner” I couldn’t live without my meal plan now. In our house having a meal plan means that we go to the shop less often, the trips to the shops are quicker, we buy only the things we need and we have very little kitchen waste. In addition, it saves money and gives me more time and energy to do the things I love like researching answers to nutrition related questions and teaching Zumba. My boys love knowing what will be for dinner and they look forward to it. Every week they also get to choose their favorite meal which I then incorporate into our plan. Everyone is happy.

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Habit Changer® Feeding Your Kids App for iPhone

There has been an explosion in various diet / nutrition apps that are available to download on iPhone or android. These apps have had such an impact that Weight Watchers company reported a 19% drop in profit citing “losing customers to free apps and other electronic slimming aids” as the main reason for the decline. Here I review one of these apps.

Habit Changer® Feeding Your Kids for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store

What is it all about? 

Feeding your kids app is an iPhone app aimed at parents who are interested in teaching their children to eat healthy and varied diet and to set early heathy eating habits. It has been created in partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative and is free to all parents.

It is a 42 day programme and each day presents a new challenge. These challenges range from Continue reading


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Is it now OK to eat more salt?

Salt Updated

Looking at the latest scientific evidence it seems that there is no benefit in eating less salt. In the US an average adult consumes 3,400mg of sodium per day. The USDA guideline encourages people to reduce this amount to less than 2,300mg of sodium per day and to 1,500mg of sodium per day for specific subgroups like individuals with diabetes, chronic kidney disease or individuals of 51 years or older. Continue reading


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Welcome to Tastes Nutritious – answers to everyday nutrition questions

First things first. I am not a nutritionist – I’m an economist, a strategy consultant and a mother of two. I have, however, recently become a nutrition fanatic. I attend nutrition courses at Stanford University and spend much of my time researching nutrition related topics online, reading the product labels and reviewing research papers in order to find out answers to ongoing nutrition questions.

Having learned and collected so much nutrition related information, Continue reading