Kamilah Guiden's blog

What Is Titanium Dioxide?

There seems to be a lot of misunderstanding about titanium dioxide, which can be used as a colorant in foods. While headlines may suggest titanium dioxide is a health concern, scientific research has actually shown titanium dioxide to be safe. So what is it used for and why is it used? Read on to learn more!

Spinach and Kale Not Your Thing? Try Sorrel!

As an avid green smoothie connoisseur, I’m quite familiar with spinach and kale. I love how they taste, and the added benefit of fiber, vitamins A and C, and iron make it perfect for more than just a smoothie. But not everyone is as fond of the grassy and earthy taste of spinach, kale, or really any other lettuce. For you, there is a different option: sorrel.

Turmeric: The Ancient Cure-All or Just a Flavorful Spice?

Last year, I decided to get my yoga teaching certification. It was surprisingly labor-intensive, and I learned everything from the history of yoga and how to sequence a class, to anatomy and even Ayurveda. Now, as much as I respect the history of Ayurveda, I have a hard time squaring my understanding of science with its concepts. Nonetheless, when given the chance, I decided to immerse myself in it.

Seasonal Produce: Winter Fruits and Vegetables

It may be cold, but many crops survive the chilly nights to produce some of my favorite fruits and vegetables out of the year. From delicious butternut squash and sweet clementines to crunchy kale, these seasonal fruits and vegetables offer a myriad of nutritional benefits.


Try It Tuesday: 5 Fruits and Vegetables a Day

New Year, new Try It Tuesday, and for our first installment of 2017, we’re making small dietary changes with a big payoff. It’s "getting the recommended five fruits and vegetables a day"!

Is Spirulina the New Green Superfood or Just a Nutritionally Dense Algae?

New Year, new superfood! And this year, we’re discussing the super green food spirulina. What’s spirulina, you ask? It’s a blue-green algae that grows in the ocean and has been used as a nutritional supplement in recent years. Along with its nutritional benefits, there are other super(inflated) claims out there. But does spirulina get the green light when it comes to its health benefits, or is there a cautionary blinking yellow light in the distance?

Reduce Your Food Waste with Ugly Fruits and Vegetables

One of my New Year’s resolutions this year is to reduce my food waste. Last year, I bought a pound of chicken, only to leave it in the refrigerator for a week before I could figure out how I wanted to cook it. After that, well … the chicken was no longer safe to eat. I had a tendency to do this with meat a lot. From seafood, to poultry, beef, and pork, I would waste a lot of meat. Finally, I said, “No more!” and decided to keep meat out of my apartment. The end result, a lot less wasted food and a lot more money in my pocket.

Are Natural Sugars Really Healthier Than White Sugar?

Ever hear that natural sugars are better for you? Or that they have vitamins and minerals, so they’re healthier? There’s a lot of misinformation about natural sugars, but at their very core, they are made up of the same stuff as granulated, white table sugar.

The Non-Fat Frozen Yogurt: Nutrition Lessons We Can Learn from Seinfeld

The other night I was watching "Seinfeld." This isn’t really any different than any other night because I watch "Seinfeld" most nights; it is, after all, one of my favorite shows. But this episode was different, I hadn’t watched it since I was a kid, when I would sit in the living room with my mother watching reruns. ("Seinfeld" is also one of her favorite shows.)

The Top FACTS Blogs of 2016

This year, the FACTS network had a lot of health advice to debunk and poor studies to evaluate. While we had over 50 blog posts on common misconceptions about food, nutrition, and agriculture, these 7 were our most popular.