Posts Tagged ‘healthy recipe’

Thickeners – What You Need to Know

Thickeners are one of many ingredients added to processed foods. And they do just that: thicken. They absorb water and form a gel-like consistency. They’re often used to make foods thick and creamy, without having to add a lot of fat.  Thickeners also tend to emulsify and stabilize foods they’re added to. Emulsification allows fats…

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Low Carb Diet 101

Low carb diets have been popular on and off since the dawn of the Atkins fame (and maybe even earlier?). But, what exactly defines low carb? Does eating this way actually help with weight loss? Are there any other health benefits (or risks) to eating fewer carbs? Let’s see. What is a carb? A carb,…

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Nutrition News- June 2018

Omega-3 fatty acids are a group of polyunsaturated fatty acids that play a variety of important roles in health. EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) are two of the most important omega-3 fatty acids, and they are commonly found together in seafood and in fish oil supplements. While DHA and EPA most often function…

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If You Take Medications, You Need to Know About Grapefruit

Grapefruit is good for you! It’s a vitamin C-rich citrus fruit that’s low in sugar and contains vitamin A, potassium, and fibre. It has a low glycemic index and does not spike your blood sugar when you eat it. The pink and red varieties also contain lycopene. It’s definitely a nutritious health-promoting food. It even…

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Prebiotics 101

“Prebiotic’s”? Yes! They’re the food that we feed our probiotics, the friendly gut microbes that are oh so important for good health. Our gut microbes are alive, and they need to eat too. Their favorite foods are called “prebiotics” and include dietary fiber and resistant starch. The same fiber that keeps us feeling full slows…

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Intermittent fasting 101: What is it and will it help me lose weight?

In a nutshell, intermittent fasting is just that: fasting intermittently. It’s limiting calorie intake during certain hours/day or days/week. It’s more of an eating pattern than a diet. It limits when to eat, and not so much what to eat. And that’s part of it’s appeal to people who don’t want to count calories or…

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Creating a Mindset for Health

So much of health is all about habits and actions, but where do these all stem from? What if we don’t have to make as many changes as we think we do? What if there was one powerful thing that makes a lot of difference? That thing is mindset. Mindset is sometimes called “the story…

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Nutrition News- May 2018

I’m especially excited for this issue of the newsletter because it’s chock-full of resources to help make it easier to try a plant-based diet. Don’t miss the research story for the microbiome, which emphasizes a plant-based diet for good health. This issue also features great news about local foods and farmers’ markets just in time…

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Antioxidant Foods vs. Supplements

Antioxidants are just that: they fight (anti) oxidation. The chemical process of oxidation is like rusting metal. A molecule loses electrons and creates the infamous free radicals.  Oxidation is also the reason why apples, bananas, and avocados go brown when the skin is broken, and they’re exposed to air – they’re getting oxidized. Free radicals…

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Your Thyroid: Foods and Nutrients to Help

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in your neck that releases hormones. Thyroid hormones help your body regulate a few things – not a big deal – just the metabolism of ALL cells. And this is critical for maintaining a healthy body weight and having the energy to live your life. (Yes, your thyroid IS…

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