Saturday, 21 April 2012

Cookbook Recommendation

I have recently just purchased cookbook "The Loonyspoons Collection" by great Canadian authors (and sisters) Janet & Greta Podleski. I have been a fan of their books for many years and have all three of their earlier books. Those books have all been 'retired' and this new compilation replaces them. This volume contains many of the same great recipes and loads of new ones. The new book is updated with current nutritional information that is now out of date (or wrong based on newer studies). I purchased my copy at Costco for $19.99 and that's a good deal but you can also get yours online through Chapters/Indigo or Amazon.

Now here's why I  LOVE  their books:

  • The recipes are easy and always delicious. Many are family favourites.
  • They are good for you.
  • Humour (witty recipe names and corny jokes that make you laugh which, incidentally is good for you).
  • The book is FULL of nutrition tips, food trivia, etc. Many of these tidbits dispel myths about food and are in support of mantras the likes of Michael Pollan et al are espousing about eating REAL food ( for those who don't know who this author is, for shame...).
  • You can take this book to bed with you as it reads like a good book! (Don't worry for those pressed for time, you don't have to read the whole thing at once.)
Below are a few examples about nutritional health and there are MANY others in the book (almost every page has something). Pick it up next time you are at Costco, you won't be sorry you did and I won't have to type so many excerpts on this blog =D.

Artificial Unintelligence

It seems that researchers have uncovered an ironic and unfortunate side effect of drinking diet soft drinks...weight gain! A 25-year long study showed that drinking soda increases the likelihood of serious weight gain - even more so than regular sodas. Wait a minute! How can something with zero calories make you fat? Well, there's a lot more to weight gain than simple calories. It also boils down to hormones. Artificial sweeteners like aspartame or sucralose help us pack on the pounds by rapidly boosting the fat-storage hormone insulin, just like real sugar. They also affect leptin, the hormone that tells you when to stop eating. What happens when insulin and leptin levels are out of whack? You're ravenous, you crave sweets, you overeat and you store more fat! Researchers say that fake sugars are making us crave more real sugar. Some weight loss aid, huh? To top it all off, diet soda is 100 percent nutrition-free. Plus, the more diet soda you drink, the less healthful beverages, such as filtered water or green tea, you'll consume. For overall good health, your best to develop less of a taste for sweets in general. The less sugar you eat, real or fake, the less you crave. If you think moderation, the occasional diet soda shouldn't pop your pants!

Source: The Loonyspoons Collection by Janet & Greta Podleski, page 5

Nutrition Nugget

Seeing red? If not, you should be! Red bell peppers have nine times the wrinkle-fighting, disease-preventing bata carotene of their green cousins, as well as 10 times the vitamin A and more than double the amount of vitamin C. Eat red to feel in the pink!

Source: The Loonyspoons Collection by Janet & Greta Podleski, page 11

Food Bite

Studies show that our taste buds change with age, including the declining sensitivity to bitterness. Fortunately, this makes many health foods more appealing to us as we get older. Eight in 10 older people reported a growing preference for green vegetables, whole-grain foods and bitter fruits like grapefruits and lemons. And you thought Grandma's puckered face came from misplaced dentures!

Source: The Loonyspoons Collection by Janet & Greta Podleski, page 15

Say It Ain't Soda

If the prospect of rotting teeth doesn't stop you (or more importantly, your kids) from guzzling gallons of the carbonated, sweet stuff, maybe rotting bones will: Did you know that something called phosphoric acid in soft drinks causes calcium to be leached from our bones? Can you say osteoporosis? Remember: Soft drinks = soft bones.

Source: The Loonyspoons Collection by Janet & Greta Podleski, page 219


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