Nutrition

Fiber and the Dietary Guidelines

It’s time for another edition of the Dietary Guidelines Nutrients of Concern Series! Last week, we talked about calcium: what it is, where to find it, how it affects your health, and what happens when you don’t get enough of it. Today we want to do the same thing with dietary fiber. So, what is…

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Calcium and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans

Oh, what woeful news! The Dietary Guidelines for Americans assert, “A wide variety of nutritious foods are available in the United States. However, many Americans do not eat the array of foods that will provide all needed nutrients while staying within calorie needs. As a result, dietary intakes of several nutrients — potassium, dietary fiber,…

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Beets 101: Everything You Need to Know

It’s time for a closer look at beets. These nutrition powerhouses are fantastic sources of nutrients and fiber. Plus, they’re very versatile, especially when it comes to cooking. It’s easier to incorporate them into a balanced diet than you might think, especially with a little know-how. So let’s dive in to Beet 101! Beet Types:…

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1500- The max amount of salt you should have per day

1500-That is the new amount of salt, in mg per day, recommended by the Center for Disease Control (cdc.gov) for almost 70% of all Americans – including anyone over 40, people with prehyptertension or hyptertension, and all African Americans. That is about slightly more than the amount you would get from food if you ate…

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How to Stop When You Can’t

Compulsive overeating is a struggle for many people. Here are five practical tips to help you stop eating when you know you should. Where did that bag of chips go? Is there really no more ice cream left? What started out as a case of the munchies ended up as another binge session. It’s not…

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Balancing Diet and Exercise

If I exercise every day, does that mean I can eat whatever I want? Short Answer: No. Food choices and physical activity are both necessary for promoting overall good health. Long Answer: The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans report begins with, “Eating and physical activity patterns that are focused on consuming fewer calories, making informed…

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Cooking for One

Living by yourself can make healthy eating a challenge. Here are a few tips. You come home after a long day at work exhausted and hungry. The only greeting you get at the door is from your dog. As your stomach growls, you consider your options: call for take out, grab fast food, warm up…

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5 Top Tips to Reduce Sodium Intake

According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, “A strong body of evidence in adults documents that as sodium intake decreases, so does blood pressure. […] Keeping blood pressure in the normal range reduces an individual’s risk of cardiovascular disease, congestive heart failure, and kidney disease. Therefore, [people] should limit their intake of sodium.” But where to…

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Sodium and the American Diet

Sodium is a serious problem in the American diet today. MyPlate, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Heart Association (AHA), and lots of others all have concluded that most Americans need to reduce their sodium intake. Of course, that’s easier said than done. Sodium is hiding…

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Why your body needs calcium

You’ve heard it many times before: Drink milk for strong bones. And while bone health is one of calcium’s main jobs, it’s not the only one. There’s more calcium in your body than any other mineral, and for good reason—it’s needed for many vital bodily functions. Here’s why it’s important to get your recommended allowance…

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