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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Healthy Eating Tips During the Holidays

By Ruchi Shah, MS, RD, CDN The holidays are coming, and with them come delicious cookies, large plates filled with food, overindulging, and the inability to say “no” to a second or third helping. The average American gains a couple of pounds during the holidays, and this weight gain leads to New Years’ resolutions to […]

Learn How to Relax in Stressful Times

November is National Diabetes month. Diabetes affects 26 million Americans, with 19 million people diagnosed and 7 million undiagnosed. Another 79 million adults have pre-diabetes, which puts them at high risk for developing the disease. This November ask yourself if you are at risk for diabetes and what you can do to help lower your […]

PreDiabetes; ProActive Health

November is National Diabetes month. Diabetes affects 26 million Americans, with 19 million people diagnosed and 7 million undiagnosed. Another 79 million adults have pre-diabetes, which puts them at high risk for developing the disease. This November ask yourself if you are at risk for diabetes and what you can do to help lower your […]

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