Keeping Up With the Latest Food News


I have been hoarding some food news for a month or so. None of these topics merited a full post. However, I thought you might be interested in some of the information and these stories.

The topics range from more bogus research – this time about fish, to people abusing prescription drugs, to a heart lifting story of an eight year old boy who has collected over $35,000 to help feed hungry children.

Of course I have included my commentary  on each story as only I can in my usual inimitable way.

1.   Something Fishy Going On

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Seems the 1970 landmark study of the Greenland Inuit Indians whose diets are rich in oily fish (Omega 3 fatty acids) that led to low coronary artery disease was not all it was cracked up to be. Researchers have now discovered that the Inuit suffer from coronary artery disease at the same rate as Caucasians.

In other words there is insufficient evidence to back the previous claims made about the benefits of eating more fish.

In fact, the article went on to say:


Many recent large and well-designed studies have shown ambiguous or negative results regarding the cardio protective properties of omega-3 fatty acids and fish oil supplements, and yet partly based on the work of Bang and Dyerberg, they are still widely recommended as part of a heart healthy diet plan.


So they lied to us about the health benefits of fish??? Can we believe anything anymore?

You can read the entire Science Digest article here: Fish Oil.

ROBERTA SAYS:     I like fish and am still going to eat it according to my philosophy – everything in moderation!


2.   Being Fat More Important Than Learning the 3 R’s



I report. You decide.

Look at the picture of this girl.

Is this girl fat?

I think New York City Schools should spend more time teaching reading, writing, and arithmetic rather than butting into what should be a family issue. Plus this child is not fat!

ROBERTA SAYS:     Try teaching more of the 3 R’s so that these kids can tell school personnel where to go in good English!

3.     Hooked On Prescription Drugs

1 over medicated 5


This is not another story about drug users.

This is a story about us; all of us who use prescription drugs.

Every day in America more people die from PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. “…. than gunshot wounds, car accidents, or suicide.




From the Daily Beast:

The National Institute of Drug Abuse has some pretty shocking statistics detailing just how bad America’s addiction has become. For example: the US, which holds 5 percent of the world’s population, is responsible for 75 percent of global prescription drug use; 52 million people over the age of 12 have used this medication for purposes outside of what they are intended for; enough painkillers were prescribed in 2010 to medicate every American adult every four hours for a month; over half of these pills are obtained for free from a friend or family member; there are 5.1 million abusers of painkillers, 2.2 million who illegitimately take tranquilizers, and 1.1 million needlessly popping stimulants. [All emphasis mine.]


It’s  not just Hollywood or young teens. Even seniors citizens are popping pills like candy. They are getting high or even worse as too many of some pills will kill you.

You can read the entire story here: Drugs.

ROBERTA SAYS:     Be careful with prescription drugs. Follow directions carefully. Best yet, try to limit the number of drugs you take if at all feasible. Prescription pills  are powerful and potent drugs.

You can also read my posts on this same topic from way back in 2011: Popping Pills and Your Health For Sale.


4.  More Parents Raising Kids On Only Raw Food



Sounds like a good idea. Right?


For the uninitiated a raw food diet consists of only raw fruits, vegetables, and grains. What a raw food diet often forgoes is protein, a necessary nutrient for a healthy body, especially for children’s growing bodies. On this kind of diet there is also a lack of other essential nutrients including iron, calcium and B-12.

It is true that some nutrients are lost in cooking food. However, cooking does improve other nutrients in our food, such as beta-carotene and lycopene.

More important is that cooking our food also kills bacteria thereby avoiding food poisoning.

I wrote an entire post on the importance of cooking food. You can read that post here: Cooking. The gist of that post is that eating cooked food is what humans brains the biggest and most complex on earth. Cooking our foods gave humans an evolutionary advantage.

Lastly there is no scientific proof that a raw food diet prevents illness.

ROBERTA SAYS:   A common sense balanced diet that includes some raw foods is the way to go.

Plus I think this raw food fad comes from the same folks who refuse to get their children vaccinated against childhood diseases. Right now in Ohio and surrounding states there is an outbreak – an unprecedented epidemic – of measles that is playing havoc not only for young children but for college students and adults; thereby putting us all at risk! This is the worst outbreak in over 100 years. It is not right that that I and thousands of others are put at  risk for serious diseases because a few people do not want to live in the 21st century.


5.   Let Them Eat Cake Potatoes

Today, the National Potato Council praised the House for considering a bill to include the potato in its WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) food nutrition (“food stamp”) program. The Council also debunked First Lady Michelle Obama’s claims that including the potato would “override science” and that Americans are already eating enough of them.

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However, funny thing here.

The science actually shows the opposite.

The long and short of it is that Mrs. Obama’s statement is based on old data and ignores her husband’s own USDA 2010 Dietary Guidelines which says that women and children are not consuming enough potatoes.

You can read about the entire controversy here:

ROBERTA SAYS:        The lowly potato is nutrient dense and very inexpensive. Let Americans on WIC eat potatoes. Since chicken and beef prices are raising through the stratosphere we may all be living on potatoes soon enough.


6.    Eight Year Old Raises $35,000 For Hungry Children

caydenWhen eight year old Cayden Taipalus from Howell, Michigan saw a fellow student on the lunch line at school receive two slices of dry bread with 1 slice of cheese while his own plate was piled high with hot food he felt empathy for his class mate.

Seems his classmate’s school lunch account was over $5 in arrears. In such a case Michigan state law requires that students receive an, ‘alternative lunch.’

After school that day Cayden talked with his mother and said he wanted to do something. He called friends and other family members and asked for donations. Then he started collecting cans and bottles and turned them in at the local recycle station for money. With the help of his mother he went hi-tech and started a Facebook Campaign.

He raised $64 and paid off ALL delinquent food accounts at his school for the rest of the school year so that no child in his school would go hungry or ever be given a dry sandwich again.

But the story does not end there. He raised enough money on Facebook to pay for all of the hungry children in ALL of the schools in the Howell School District.

Cayden is not satisfied yet. He now has his sights set now on all schools in his county. To date he has collected over $35,000.

And he is only eight years old.

You can learn more at his Face Book Page by clicking on the following link – No Kid Goes Hungry.

ROBERTA SAYS:   The future of America is in good hands with young people like this.


Featured Recipe        Citrus Marinated Chicken Bites



Today’s recipe is a fun way to serve chicken. Basically it is an appetizer or finger food. It is also great to serve on the patio. And kids love it too since it is small and they can use their hands to eat.

You will need skewers for this recipe. Should you soak or not to soak wooden skewers? Some people and cook books suggest you do. Many more suggest you not. It is up to you. If you want to soak there are dozens of web sites that show you how, so just do a simple web search. Even when you soak wooden skewers they will chart or burn slightly.

This is what you will need for 3-4 people

1-1½ pounds chicken breasts

2 garlic cloves

1-3 limes:
llllllllllll2 teaspoon zest divided
llllllllllll¼ cup fresh lime juice

1 medium orange:
llllllllllll2 teaspoon zest divided
llllllllllll¼ cup fresh orange juice

¼ cup soy sauce

Spray oil

Salt and pepper to taste


NOTES:  If you wish buy extra limes and oranges and slice them for garnish on the finished dish. I did this just to make the pictures prettier.

You should be able to get 30-40 chicken bites from one and a half pounds of chicken. Today I got 34. The recipe can be doubled.

Here is what you do:

Zest the lime and orange. Juice the limes and orange. Reserve 1 teaspoon of the zest for garnish.


Squeeze the fruit to get the juices.


Press the garlic into a bowl. Add the juices, half of lime and half of the orange zest, and soy sauce in a large bowl and whisk.



Reserve about ¼ cup of the marinade for dipping.


Cut chicken into about forty or so one-inch cubes, or bites.



Place the chicken cubes in a bowl and pour the remaining marinade over the chicken and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours turning several times.


Line a baking sheet with foil and lightly spray with spray oil.


Place the skewers one-inch apart on the foil-lined baking sheet. Brush the chicken with remaining marinade. Then place in the oven.


Broil, turning once, until chicken is cooked through 6 to 8 minutes. Do not overcook or the Bites will become dry.

Remove from the oven and sprinkle with salt and pepper if desired and the reserved lime and orange zest.


Place the bites on a platter and sprinkle with any lime and orange zest left over and serve hot with the reserved sauce for dipping.



Bon appétit!!!


1-1½ pounds chicken breasts      $4.56  (Had a $2 off coupon.)

2 garlic cloves                            $0.18

1-3 limes:                                  $1.37  (Had another $2 off coupon.)

1 medium orange                       $0.87

¼ cup soy sauce                        $0.87

Spray oil                                    $0.22

Salt and pepper to taste

Total cost = $8.07
Cost per bite = $0.24 each

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6 comments to Keeping Up With the Latest Food News

  • Go Roberta! Love your platform! Yes, all things in moderation and don’t make your kids crazy (and sick)! Big brains rule the world. Like the chicken too.

    • Roberta

      I like to think big brains rule the world, Julia, but I have to confess these days I some times wonder.

      How is your dad doing? Both you and your dad are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Interesting news, especially little Cayden and seriously, what food isn’t made better by putting it on a stick? Sounds like it tastes pretty good too!

  • It’s so refreshing to hear a good story when it seems there’s so little of it. Cayden, at eight years old, is making a difference in his world. Such a wonderful, compassionate little boy!