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Tuesday, September 16, 2014         

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People have a lot of food fears. MSG, aspartame, sugar, trans fats and GMO foods are just a few that are high on many peoples' lists of concerns. Some popular food fears are quite legitimate and deserving of careful attention.

The equation for good health includes variables we can control, and others, not so much. With diet and exercise, we can make choices to enhance health. But when it comes to the everyday stresses in life, the triggers may be primarily out of our control. Life happens!

There is rapidly growing awareness that Hawaii needs to reduce its reliance on imported foods and increase food production within the state. Food security is highly dependent on agricultural diversity and sustainability.

People often tell us that figuring out how to eat a healthful diet has become very confusing. Worldwide, different cultures have evolved a wide variety of different styles of eating that support good health.

There is a great deal of scientific controversy about whether taking vitamin and/or mineral supplements is beneficial. Some studies indicate there is no evidence that supplements benefit health and that supplements may even harm health.

Some foods have gone from having a reputation of being bad foods to good foods and then to "superfood" status. As our regular readers will guess, we are not fond of the superfood concept.

As the weather warms up and people shed a few layers of clothes, weight-loss season opens again. There is no shortage of weight-loss tips on the Internet. Some may help, and some can backfire on your efforts to successfully lose body fat.

Your spouse tells you that your listening skills are less than desirable. Maybe it's your hearing. Of course, it could be a little of both, but knowing if your hearing has become compromised is important.

Changes in agriculture during the past 100 years have been countless. All the way from plowing with horses to tractors, the Cooperative Extension Service was there to support innovation.

It is popular to recommend avoiding foods that have ingredients that sound like strange chemicals. But read on for a story about a food additive that was falsely accused of causing cancer and is now praised for not only making food safer, but also for providing health benefits.


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