About Jill Ettinger

Jill Ettinger Jill Ettinger is co-director of Eat Drink Better. She is the senior editor at EcoSalon.com and OrganicAuthority.com. A focus on food, herbs, wellness and world cultural expressions, Jill explores what our shifting food, healing systems and creative landscapes will look, sound and taste like in the future. Stay in touch on Twitter @jillettinger and .



Author Archives: Jill Ettinger

Healthy Eating for Kids: Brussels Sprouts are My Daughter’s Favorite Food (Really!)

October 18th, 2014 | by Jill Ettinger

How a tragedy helped my daughter develop healthy eating habits early on. When it was discovered at my daughter’s 3-month check-up that she was losing weight because I actually had a very low breast milk supply, I was about as devastated as I’d ever been in my life. “You have to add formula” the doctor insisted. I refused. We hired multiple lactation consultants and tried everything to get my body to make more milk. I was taking so much fenugreek that it sent my hormones into batshit crazy mode. I couldn’t sleep. I was feverish and sweating constantly. Crying all the time. And after six weeks of herbs, breast compressions, round the clock feeding and pumping, it still didn’t give me the boost I needed to properly feed my daughter. Already back at work (home-based), I was completely overwhelmed.


Are the ‘Thug Kitchen’ Authors Racists?

October 17th, 2014 | by Jill Ettinger

A good epithet can go a long f*cking way to make a damn important point. And there’s no argument that choosing to adopt a healthy, plant-based diet is an imperative discussion these days, worthy of harsh language, particularly as it’s intricately linked to the impending global warming issues, our myriad health crises and the evolution of our human ethics and values. Enter the new Thug Kitchen plant-based cookbook “Eat Like You Give A F*ck”,  garnering a lot of attention and controversy


Developing a Taste for Animal Rights: For Our Health, for Our Planet, for Our Future

October 16th, 2014 | by Jill Ettinger

It’s Blog Action Day, and while I generally cringe at putting my name next to anything promoted as a “blog”, this is a worthy cause as the theme is “inequality.” As someone who has been a vegan and animal rights activist for more than 20 years, writing about inequality in our food system is a no-brainer. It’s an important topic to discuss. From the food deserts, to the high price for healthy food, to the tons of it going into the trash while millions go hungry. But no issue is more pressing and more ignored than eating animals


Is the Secret to Sustaining a Vegetarian Diet Eating Plant…Blood?

October 8th, 2014 | by Jill Ettinger

You know how the saying goes: you can lead a meat-eater to a millet-kale burger, but he will run away screaming “I need bacon!” Or something like that. But the vegetarian diet might be getting a little “meaty” help from a most unlikely (and kind of spooky) place: plant blood


Task Force to Identify Farmers Market Fraud in California

October 7th, 2014 | by Jill Ettinger

We trust farmers markets to be the anti-supermarket. There are no unflattering fluorescent lights, loud disorienting music, those confusing price tags or dizzying endcaps. But what if farmers market stalls were just going to the supermarket for you—and bringing those store-bought items to their stalls? It’s happening in California, and the state is cracking down.


Coca-Cola’s Latest Tool: Taylor Swift, What are You Doing?

September 30th, 2014 | by Jill Ettinger

Seven-time Grammy Award winner, singer and songwriter Taylor Swift, is lending her celebrity star power to Coca-Cola, in order to help boost sales for Diet Coke to a younger audience demographic. Swift is participating in the new “Get A Taste” promotion, which Coca-Cola is targeting at American youth whose consumption of soda products has decreased in recent years.


Comfort Food Doesn’t Comfort, Study Finds  

September 28th, 2014 | by Jill Ettinger

You may have many reasons for piling your plate full of mashed potatoes, mac ‘n’ cheese or Ben & Jerry’s, but that so-called comfort food isn’t actually comforting you any more than healthy foods, finds a new study published in the American Psychological Association’s journal PsycNet


Healthy Lunches for Kids in Daycare Programs May Require a Note from a Doctor

September 22nd, 2014 | by Jill Ettinger

Sending your children off to a daycare with some healthy food may not be as simple as it sounds if your child’s daycare participates in the federal Child and Adult Food Care Program (CACFP). The program is making it difficult for parents to pack healthy lunches for kids because it hinders funding for the program, which daycare programs rely on


The Rise of Bitter Foods: New Book Explores the Underappreciated Flavor

September 21st, 2014 | by Jill Ettinger

Bitter: it’s the flavor we equate with being, well, the opposite of flavor. The puckering not-quite-sour bite of bitterness in foods is what we tell our children is an acquired taste they’ll “grow to love.” But the truth is, many people don’t ever develop a fondness for bitter; they prefer instead the sweetness of sugar or the savory depth of salt and umami. Well, a new book aims to change all that.



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