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The Health Benefits of Nuts

By Donna Moodie, RD CDN CDE Eating nuts can be a very healthy part of a heart-healthy diet. Nuts are very high in fats, but they are mostly made up of unsaturated fat, and nuts contain other beneficial substances such as antioxidants and fiber. Although nuts and cheeses are both high in fat and calories, […]

Making your protein complete

By Greg Zacarese Protein is important to build and repair tissue. You also use protein to make enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals. Protein is an important building block of bones, muscle, cartilage, skin, hair, nails, and blood. Protein is found in many different foods, including meat, fish, milk, beans, nuts, and whole grains. Meat, […]

Why Water?

By Kristen DeLuca Water makes up approximately 75% of total body weight, and we absolutely and positively cannot live without it. This nutrient is extremely important in order to prevent electrolyte imbalances from dehydration (or over-hydration), to regulate body temperature, to inhibit gastrointestinal motility, and for many other bodily functions. On a cellular level, water […]

Sunshine All Year Long

By Kim Manfried, RD CDN Vitamin D is an important nutrient needed for our bodies to feel well and properly function. It is often called the “sunshine vitamin” as our bodies synthesize it via the sun. It is important to know what your Vitamin D level is, as you can be slightly low to severely […]

Do You Have Diabetes? Buyer Beware: The Low-Carb Diet is Back Again

By Donna Moodie, RD CDN CDE Recent newspaper headlines and cable news networks have stories about some of the newest trends in dieting, and the low-carb diet is back. There are many claims made about the low-carb diet curing or reversing diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. It advocates eating very small amounts of […]

How Much Milk Should a Toddler Drink?

By Dinah Torres Castro Parents of young children are often confused by the sudden changes in their child’s eating habits after the first birthday. This period of development, called toddlerhood, is a time when a child no longer relies solely on formula or breast milk to get the most nutrition. By this stage, most one […]

Peanut Powder

By Kim Manfried, RD CDN Unless you have an allergy, peanut powder is a great way to add a quick and easy protein to your snacks and meals. Peanut powder is not just ground up peanuts; it is the protein part of the peanut which is removed. This powder is a versatile protein that can […]

Arsenic in Rice! Really?

By Donna Moodie, RD CDN CDE We all scratch our heads and wonder when we read warnings and alerts about foods that we have eaten our whole lives. Recently there have been stories in the media about arsenic levels in foods such as apple juice and rice, causing potential concern. Currently the FDA is conducting […]

Back on Track after the Holidays

By Kim Manfried, RD CDN After another long holiday season, as well as cold outdoor temperatures, getting back on track to eating salads and oatmeal may seem daunting and not so tasty. Quieter houses with less hustle and bustle can make you feel a bit down. For those who may have indulged a bit on […]

Using Alternative Seasonings and Herbs to Lower Your Sodium Intake

By Donna Moodie, RD CDN CDE The American Heart Association (on its website) has extensive research on the importance of lowering sodium intake. The American Heart Association, along with the World Health Organization, and thirty well respected nutritional scientists all signed the following consensus statement: “Population-wide reduction of sodium intake is an integral approach to […]

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