Sunny Hersh



Plastic or paper?

Plastic bags use 70% less energy to produce, they generate 80% less waste, they take 91% less energy to recycle, and they generate 79% less greenhouse gas.  Use reusable sacks, reuse bags, or at least recycle at the supermarket.  Dishes or paper plates?  Use dishes and wash them in the dishwasher.  Even with an extra rinse cycle, the dishwasher uses 3 X less water than hand-washing or pre-rinsing!  Paper plates require trees to be cut down and will end up in landfills. 

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Fiber Follies

You HAD to wonder when fiber started showing up in water, yogurt, juice, and ice cream – is all fiber the same?  The inconvenient truth is NO.  You really want “intact” fiber from foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and nuts, whole foods that contain both soluble and insoluble fiber.  The Fiber in foods like Fiber One Chewy Bars and Kellogg’s All Bran Drink Mix come from “isolated” fibers like maltodextrin, polydextrose, or inulin (sometimes listed as chicory root extract).  They may add some bulk, but these isolated fibers don’t have the food co-factors that help your body absorb and use fiber.  Bottom line: inulin, maltodextrin, and polydextrose – never mind.

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