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MSG is not as scary as you think…

MSG

What most people don’t realize is that MSG is naturally found in foods including mushrooms, asparagus, tomatoes, cheese, sugar beets, soy beans, fish, and seaweed. Culinary techniques such as drying foods and aging cheese increases the concentration of naturally occurring MSG (i.e., dried mushrooms, sun dried tomatoes, seaweed, Parmesan cheese). MSG provides the savory, or… ...

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Cruising with a Dietitian – How to avoid gaining weight while at sea….

My husband and I just returned from a 7 night cruise from Baltimore to the Bahamas on the Carnival Pride. Since we’ve been back, I’ve had several people ask me the million dollar question: “How much weight did you gain?” Since this blog entry is about my experience I’ll tell you: about 3 pounds. So,… ...

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Ode to Asparagus

Ode to Asparagus

As I grow older, I seem to like vegetables more and more.  But a favorite of mine has always been asparagus.  I consider it to be the most elegant of vegetables, visually, its long green spears provides a linear counterpoint to any plated entree.  Per capita, Americans eat 1.24 pounds of Asparagus a year, making… ...

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How much POWER does food have over you? Take this quick quiz…

For many years, I thought my strong attraction to food was a personal flaw: I can’t resist the birthday cake therefore I am a weak person. However, new research indicates that there are built in physiological mechanisms that drive us to eat, even when we are not hungry. When in the presence of decadent food… ...

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The History and Science of Chocolate

One of the roles I play is content editor for the McCormick Science Institute website. Each week I comb through the scientific literature in search of juicy tidbits on spices, herbs and other flavorings. This week’s search brought up this wonderful FREE paper on the history and science of chocolate. I’m so excited about this… ...

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