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Hungry Girl Today: 11.4.09
ASK HUNGRY GIRL
Are organic foods always better for you?
Dear Organically Thrown,
While I'm not a nutritionist or an authority on organic foods, I have discussed
this topic many times with some of my expert pals, and I do have a lot to
say about it. To answer your question simply, NO, organic foods are not
ALWAYS better for you. But the real question is, better for you than WHAT?
And also, better for you HOW? There are many organic foods that are loaded
with fat and calories and sugar. If you're watching your weight, those aren't
exactly better for your diet than non-organic foods that aren't as fattening.
For example, an organic brownie could contain 400 calories. That wouldn't
necessarily be a better choice than a non-organic 100-calorie brownie. But
even the obviously healthy organic foods -- like organic fruits and
vegetables -- aren't automatically more healthful than their non-organic
counterparts. Many experts say that the differences are pretty subtle and
that there isn't enough evidence to show that fruits and veggies that have
been treated with pesticides are harmful to us. Certain types of produce are
more likely than others to retain pesticides -- apples, lettuce, and bell
peppers, to name a few. So if you want to choose a few items to go organic
with, those are best. As for meat and dairy? There's a lot of debate as to
whether or not organic is better. If you're concerned about the potential
effects of growth hormones (animals used for the production of organic foods
aren't given any), then you may want to opt for organic. But if your overall
goal is a balanced and healthy diet, then fruits, veggies, lean protein, and
low-cal snacks are great staples, whether they're organic or not. If you'd like
to see a video about this, click here and check out our close, personal pal
Robert Davis (a.k.a. The Healthy Skeptic) shedding some light on this very
What's the butter substitute you recommended on the Rachael Ray show?
And will you be on the show again?
Dear Better Butter,
Hi! I've made a few appearances recently on the Rachael Ray show (so much
fun!), but it sounds like the butter swap you're referring to is one featured in
the "Supermarket Ambush" segment that aired on 10/22. (See it by clicking
here.) In that segment, I helped a butter-addicted woman named Kathy
overcome her obsession with the real, fattening stuff. Kathy was very open
to trying out HG recipes, and she and her family LOVED them. (Yay!) One of
the products I introduced her to is called Brummel & Brown -- it's a
spreadable butter swap that is made with yogurt and has half the calories
and fat of regular butter. B & B completely ROCKS and has been an HG
staple for years!!! It's sweet and creamy and will TOTALLY satisfy even the
biggest butter-lover. Click here for more info about it and here to see where
it's sold. Let me know how you like it! And to answer your other question, I
will be doing segments on a few more episodes of Rachael Ray, including an
upcoming holiday show. More info on that coming soon. Thanks for your
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