Nutrition

Fill Half Your Plate with Fruits and Vegetables at Each Meal

Fruits and vegetables are nutrition powerhouses, yet most people don’t eat nearly enough of them each day! Let’s take a look at the science behind MyPlate’s recommendation to “fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables at each meal.” After all, maybe knowing a little bit more about why it’s so important to eat enough…

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Banish the Belly Bulge

Belly fat is dangerous fat to carry because it makes it harder for your body to regulate blood sugar, blood fats, and blood pressure.  Plus, the deeper the fat, the more danger it poses to your organs and your health over time. Research has shown that belly fat does not just hang around your belly…

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Pear Fact Sheet

December is Pear Month, so today I want to celebrate with a fact sheet about pears! Pears are members of the family rosaceae. There are many varieties of these tasty fruits, which are known for their sweet and honeyed flavor. Let’s take a closer look at some of the most common types of pears… Bartlett…

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Don’t let condiments, dressings, and sauces ruin your diet

A salad full of colorful vegetables, a low-fat baked potato, and a lean chicken breast for dinner. Sounds like a healthy meal, doesn’t it? Well, it was—until you added the creamy salad dressing, sour cream on the baked potato, and barbecue sauce on the chicken. While condiments, dressings, and sauces add flavor to food, they’re…

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Fat 101

Whether you follow a low-fat diet or prefer a higher-fat Mediterranean eating style, the reality is that fat is an essential component of our food choices, necessary for good health. We’ve see-sawed between fat-free eating plans to high-fat plans that involve adding butter to coffee. Just like in so many things, the middle ground may…

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Eating like a Caveman

Did our ancestors have it right? Here’s what you should know about the Paleo diet. Thousands of years ago there were no farms; no machines to process food; and no added sugars, chemicals, or empty carbs. Without restaurants, grocery stores, or refrigerators, people relied on the land around them to survive. As hunters and gatherers,…

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Skip Saturated Fat

What Is Saturated Fat? Saturated fat is a type of fat that’s usually solid at room temperature. According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, “The body uses some saturated fatty acids for physiological and structural functions, but it makes more than enough to meet those needs. People therefore have no dietary requirement for saturated fatty acids.”…

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Antibiotics in Meat

A recent report by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) sounded yet another alarm about the growing crisis of antibiotic resistance. The report says that farmers give too many antibiotics to food animals like cattle and poultry. Let’s look at the problem and see how see how the choices we make at the supermarket can…

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Eat a Better Breakfast

Your first meal of the day is the most important. Here are five breakfast ideas to start your day off right. You ate breakfast this morning, so why do you feel so hungry? Your stomach’s growling and lunch is still two hours away. Maybe you ate the wrong thing. Even though a certain food is…

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What Do You Know About Oats?

High in vital trace minerals and unique antioxidants, oats can lower cholesterol levels and help you reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. They’re also naturally gluten-free! What’s not to love? Let’s take a closer look at these nutrient powerhouses. 1 cup of rolled oats contains 147% of your daily value (DV) for manganese, 33% DV…

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