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Does Government Belong in Our Breakfast?

So America’s grocery manufacturers are saying that it’s OK for the Obama administration to regulate school lunches, but as far as improving offerings to the general public, they can do just fine without government intervention. We’ll take this on a believe-it-when-we-see-it basis. We’ve just gotten back from the grocery store in search of healthy new […]

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Save the Fruits and Veggies!

Chances are you’ve heard the news about the new study casting doubt on whether the old “five a day” rule for fruits and vegetables really reduces cancer risk. But please don’t stop serving those carrot sticks and broccoli spears. Sure, they may not have the miraculous cancer-reducing powers we thought they did. But they are […]

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When Kids Make the Right Choice

In the childhood-nutrition world, tongues are wagging about a new survey showing that the West Virginia kids that celebrity chef Jamie Oliver is cooking for in his new show actually prefer their old standards rather than the healthy new fare he is offering. This result is bringing out all kinds of cynics and gloaters, with […]

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Peanut Butter and Saturated Fat

Mmmm…peanut butter…Here at the Jolly Tomato we can’t help but lick the knife after we make our kids’ sandwiches for lunch. There’s probably a good quarter-teaspoon there after all – why waste it? But we can’t help but feel at least a little guilty knowing how much saturated fat we’re getting with every two-tablespoon serving […]

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Be Careful with BMI

With all of the news about childhood obesity, and our worries about our own waistlines, some parents have been running off to get a scale and a calculator to figure out the BMI (body mass index) of everyone in the family including the dog. But before you get too far in your calculations, remember this […]

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Snack for Thought

Do we let our kids snack too much? That’s what we’ve been wondering, after reading this new study on children’s snacking habits and this nifty little commentary on our “snacking nation.” As Jennifer Steinhauer memorably puts it, “Apparently, we have collectively decided as a culture that it is impossible for children to take part in […]

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