Nutrition Newsletter

January 2020 Nutrition Newsletter

About half of all American adults have one or more preventable chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, or diabetes. These illnesses are often related to food choices and inactivity. Start Simple with MyPlate provides a variety of easy recommendations that anyone can tailor to fit their individual situation. MyPlate was originally…

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December 2019 Nutrition Newsletter

You probably learned about the five different flavors we sense in foods: sweet, salty, sour, bitter, and umami (a savory, meaty flavor) in school. How we sense flavors is a complicated process that involves smell, taste buds and genetics. Olfactory cells in our mouth and nose sense smells. Taste cells are clustered in taste buds…

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November 2019 Nutrition Newsletter

As the holidays get into full swing, dishes like roasts and baked hams start appearing at gatherings with increased regularity. So, how can you navigate these meals while making healthful choices? Let’s talk about the nutrition information for the most popular holiday meats You may notice that cut matters. While a strip steak and a…

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October 2019 Nutrition Newsletter

There are so many milks on the market today! Each new variety comes covered in packaging that touts myriad health claims and nutrient boosts, but which milks actually provide decent nutrition? We compared 10 different plant and animal milks on the market to further explore the nutrition facts behind the package claims. The serving size…

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September 2019 Nutrition Newsletter

Salads offer a fantastic way to get some more vegetables into your eating pattern. However, the dressing you pour on your salad can add a lot of unexpected calories, fat, sugar, and more! Italian dressing is generally the most calorie-dense. In terms of sugars, honey mustard packs the most, with 6 grams of sugar in…

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August 2019 Nutrition Newsletter

The recent updates to the nutrition facts label show off a new, cleaner design that’s meant to make it easier to quickly identify useful information. The updates also reflect the most recent scientific research on the links between food choices and chronic disease so that you can make healthy, great-tasting choices for you and your…

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July 2019 Nutrition Newsletter

Only 1 in 20 people in the US consumes the recommended amount of fiber. Let’s Talk About Added Fibers The Dietary Guidelines for Americans call out dietary fiber as a nutrient of public health concern because our typically poor fiber intakes are associated with health problems such as heart disease, abnormal laxation, and colon cancer.…

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June 2019 Nutrition Newsletter

Perception is not always reality. When I ask my weight loss clients whether they track their food intake, they often roll their eyes and tell me that it’s too tedious of a task to undertake and they dread having to do it. But when push comes to shove, to be successful with weight loss, self-monitoring…

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May 2019 Nutrition Newsletter

The American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC) have released updated guidelines on the important role of lifestyle choices in reducing cardiovascular risk. The focus of the guidelines is prevention of heart attack, angina, stroke, peripheral arterial disease, heart failure, and atrial fibrillation. The report clearly states that the most important…

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April 2019 Nutrition Newsletter

If you think popping a multivitamin or vitamin C tablet daily will prevent you from getting a chronic illness, think again. While nearly 50% of Canadians and over 65% of Americans take vitamins, minerals, antacids or other nutritional supplements, most science does not support their use. My “snake oil radar” often goes up when I…

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