Norway: EVs and cod liver oil

If you watched the 2021 Super Bowl, you probably saw the funny ad for General Motor’s electric vehicles. Apparently Norway is outselling the US in electric vehicles (EVs) on a per capita basis. GM wants to change that metric. Which got me thinking about another product outselling in Norway: cod liver oil. Turns out Norway […]

Fish smarts for informed choices

Over the holidays we planned a Scandinavian-themed dinner that featured salt-cured salmon. I’ve never prepared cured fish before. It was an interesting process, one that’s been used for centuries to preserve fish and meat. A thick layer of a sugar-salt-spice mixture is spread over a raw salmon filet, which is then wrapped tightly in plastic […]

Sorting out omega-3 supplements

Omega-3 fatty acids are one of the most — if not the most — popular supplements on the market.  They come in different brands and different doses and different forms.  It can get confusing.  If you’re taking one, how did you choose it?  Full disclosure: I’ve been taking omega-3 for many years, and sometimes I’m […]

The vegan omega-3 dilemma

For most people, vegetarian and vegan diets have a health halo.  The benefits are numerous, from reduced risk for chronic diseases to weight loss to better digestive function.  But there are plenty of potentially adverse nutritional consequences to consider.  Intake of several nutrients could be compromised without careful planning: iron protein calcium zinc B12 vitamin […]

Canola: a healthy alternative to olive oil

“Canada” + “ola” = canola According to the Canola Council’s history of canola oil, that’s where the word “canola” came from.  The rapeseed plant was the original source, but rapeseed contains a high level of erucic acid, which can be toxic to humans.  Plus “rapeseed” isn’t a great name to put on a food label.  Canola […]

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