Ask Ina: Identifying Trojan Horse Foods

Shopping for healthy foods can be daunting, especially when it comes to understanding nutritional labels. Grams, calories, percentages, recommended allowances. Is there a way to quickly assess whether a food is “healthy” or not?
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Eating (and Working) Local in Western Maryland

My job description now looks a lot like Western Maryland’s local food scene at a glance; I’ve pieced together full-time work by reaching out to surrounding small towns. Between the farm, the hotel, the restaurant, and the creamery, it involves a lot of driving, plenty of good people, and a whole lot of good food.
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Ask Ina: Is There Such a Thing As TOO MUCH Protein?

I have a daughter who is vegan and a son who is involved in all kinds of afternoon sports and I’m concerned that they might not be getting enough protein in their diets. I see all sorts of products on the grocery shelves with labels that say “added protein” or list the amount of protein on the front of the package; do I need to buy those products to make sure my kids are getting the protein they need? The short answer is: No, you don’t need to buy protein enhanced products to ensure adequate protein in your children’s (or an adult’s) daily diet.
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Dinner With Friends

What do you really know about the food on your plate and where it came from? Today’s exercise in the provenience of our food – who grew it, who processed it, who sold it?
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Video: Welcome to Your GMOcery!

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We live in a marvelous world of scientifically enhanced food. The GMO Fantastic Four known as: corn, soy, canola and cotton, are omnipresent shapeshifters. From our corn we get flour, meal, oil, starch, syrup and sweeteners. When you see the words fructose, dextrose and glucose, you’re seeing GMO Corn.
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May on the Farm

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Spring on the farm turns Kate poetic!
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Ask Ina: Are 'Natural' Foods the Same as 'Organic' Foods?

Are “natural” foods the same as “organic” foods? Is one better than the other for me and my family? Let’s take each term, one at a time.
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Ask Ina: Dreamfields Pasta - Real or a Bad Dream?

In my family we all love pasta and could eat it every day! Dreamfields claims that their pasta is healthier than regular pasta as their “unique manufacturing process creates a matrix within the pasta protecting 31 grams of carbs from being digested.” Can you educate me on this??
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Soup of the Evening, Beautiful Soup!

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It’s worthwhile examining our dependence on canned goods during a season when the lack of sunshine coincides with a shortage of fresh produce at the market. The days are shorter and colder, and popping open a can of soup is just too easy when you need a quick, hot meal. But the difference between fresh and canned extends far beyond the method of preparation.
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Campanula: Edible Bellflowers

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Gardeners have long cherished many species as ornamentals, for their lovely bell-shaped flowers. Nearly all species bear blue or white flowers; extremely few have yellow flowers. A few species have been grown as vegetables, and many others are eaten from the wild.
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