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Preventing Choking in Young Children

By Dinah Torres Castro There are many things parents and caregivers can do to prevent young children from choking while eating. The best thing anyone can do is to simply be there and be mindful of what the child is doing as he or she eats. It is also recommended that the adults make sure […]

Spotting Sneaky Sugar

By Cristina F. Toscano, RD What do tomato sauce, yogurt, cereal, ketchup, soup, and even protein bars have in common? They are all examples of foods that often contain large amounts of added sugar. In fact, sugar is added to a whopping 74% of packaged foods sold in supermarkets. We know that excess sugar intake […]

Healthy Fats

By Ruchi Shah, MS, RD, CDN One component of a heart healthy diet is healthy/good fats. When thinking of fats, we think of foods that are not good for us. In fact, about 20-35% of our calories should come from fat. There are good fats and bad fats. We should consume good fats, also known […]

Toddler Talk

Join us for open conversations about living with toddlers! These 45 minute talks are for parents and other caregivers of toddlers (children between 12-36 months of age.) There is no fee to participate in these conversations, however advanced registration is required. Contact Jane Juran to register at jsj79@cornell.edu. Please include your full name, the ages […]

Limit Your Sodium Intake When Eating Out

  By Tiffany Pendle Restaurant food often contains a high amount of sodium. In fact, over 75% of the sodium we eat comes from processed foods such as cheese, pizza, deli meats, sauces, and soups. All of these foods are often offered in restaurants, fast food chains, and in take-out food establishments. It is ideal […]

Vegetarian Diet and Type 2 Diabetes

By Cristina F. Toscano, RD Vegetarian diets are rising in popularity. More people are choosing to not eat meat for environmental, ethical, and health related reasons. The American Diabetes Association links vegetarian diets with A1C reduction and weight loss. Anytime you eliminate a food group, especially when you have a pre-existing health condition, you need […]

Fiber Consumption and its Benefits

By Ruchi Shah, MS, RD, CDN Dietary fiber is the material from plant cells that cannot be broken down during digestion. There are two types of fiber: soluble fiber and insoluble fiber. Soluble fibers absorb water during digestion, while insoluble fibers remain unchanged during digestion. Soluble fibers include fruits, vegetables, legumes, barley, oats, and oat […]

Fresh, Frozen and Canned OH MY!

By Christina Di Lieto Celebrate the start of a new season by cooking new recipes found on the internet. Full of enthusiasm, you rush to the local grocery store to buy the ingredients. Many times recipes don’t mention whether fruit and vegetable ingredients should be fresh, frozen, or canned, and suddenly your head starts to […]

Toddlers and Grazing

By Dinah Torres Castro I get many questions about picky eaters from parents of toddlers. I hear their frustration and I notice that many of them think that the solution is grazing. Grazing is basically eating throughout the day, between designated meal and snack times. I get it…parents are tired of battling with their children […]

What to do about # 2? Tips & Tricks for when your toddler is constipated

By Cristina F. Toscano Toddlers consuming table foods should be passing stool at least every other day. If they are going 3 or more days without going #2, or are having trouble and straining for 10 minutes each time they pass a bowel movement, they may be constipated. It is a fairly common issue among […]

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