treat from my recent gallivant around the country to hawk my
book was meeting you, the readers of this column. And on every
highway and country road, I came to better appreciate this
great country we call home.
like Burlington, Iowa and Racine, Wisconsin could be called
small town America. I call them the heart of this country, in
states that feed our world with steadfast determination.
through the meticulously farmed fields of Americaís
dairyland, my attention was drawn to an idyllic scene of
contented black and white Holstein cattle. On a brick wall
overlooking their green pasture was a hand-painted sign that
announced, "Drink milk."
west, I found myself on Iowaís Lincoln Heritage Byway ó
the first transcontinental improved highway to connect New
York City with San Francisco. Lots of American flags wave to
drivers on this road. Out here, itís absolutely fine to
watch the corn grow.
lovingly cared for farmland gave way to rolling green hills of
delicate grass Ö the Sandhills of Nebraska. Cows like it
time later I landed in Corvallis, Oregon, where you donít
pump your own gas and you donít pay sales tax. Sweet. Home
town bookstores and farmers markets thrive here, thanks to
citizens that see the value in shopping local.
along the way, I got great questions from readers like you.
Here is a sampling:
husband wants to eat a lot of fish for omega 3ís. I prefer
shellfish to fish. Is there as much omega 3 in squid, crab,
for ounce, shellfish like crab and shrimp contains about a
third as much DHA and EPA (active forms of omega-3ís) as is
found in darker fleshed fish like salmon, anchovies and
sardines. Good news, though. The most recent 2015 Dietary
Guidelines for Americans recommend that we eat "a wide
variety of seafood" which includes your beloved shellfish
wrote that a can of regular soda has 39 grams of sugar added.
That didnít mean much to me but then I was shocked to read
that is the equivalent of 10 teaspoons of sugar!! The number
of teaspoons of sugar should be on the label to get peopleís
attention. Is there any action being done to implement this?
newly revised Nutrition Facts label does not mention this
specifically. However, it will show how much of the sugar in a
product is "added" versus sugar that is naturally
present. Hereís a hint, though. One teaspoon of sugar weighs
about 4 grams. You can calculate how many teaspoons of added
sugar is in a product by dividing the grams by 4.
those letters and emails coming.