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5 Nutrient Deficiencies You Need to Know About

Katie Ferraro May 25, 2018 Nutrition

With a well-balanced diet, it is certainly possible for a healthy person to obtain all of the vitamins and minerals he or she needs from foods alone. Dietary supplements are not a replacement for eating healthful foods; rather, they are intended to do just what their name implies—to supplement a diet.

There are circumstances, however, in which the foods we eat may not provide all of the important nutrients that our body needs, resulting in a nutrient deficiency. Here’s a quick rundown of five nutrient deficiencies that are more common than you might think.

25 Power Snacks to Take to Your Child’s Game

Michelle Zive May 10, 2018 Nutrition

It's your turn to bring snacks to your soccer star’s tournament or your little slugger's baseball game. Like most parents, your first thought may be, "What can I grab in a hurry to bring to the game this weekend?" Fortunately, being the team parent responsible for bringing healthy and nourishing snacks doesn’t have to add stress to your already hectic week.

It's never too early to show children the importance of eating snacks that provide calories and replenishment. You want to fuel-up your little athletes, not bog them down, so the snacks you choose should:

Are You Using the Right Cooking Oils?

Rebecca Lewis May 4, 2018 Nutrition

Did you know that fats are essential nutrients that are fundamental to how the body functions? In fact, fats are integral to cell structure and also are included in hormones that control muscle contraction, immune function, blood clotting and blood pressure. Additionally, when it comes to healthy eating, there are some vitamins (A, D, E and K) that require fat to be fully absorbed and usable in the body.

The fat in nearly all foods is a mixture of fatty acids—saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated. You want to choose fats that are unsaturated more often. Unsaturated fats are oils—they are plant-based and liquid at room temperatures. These types of fats are considered a better nutrition choice because of the positive effects they have on cardiovascular health.

It can be a challenge to know which oils to use when cooking. You want to make healthy choices, but you also want your food to turn out delicious. Here is a brief primer on how to choose the right oils, along with detailed descriptions of the most common oils you’re likely to use.

5 Seasonal Foods Not to Miss This Spring

Rebecca Lewis Apr 12, 2018 Nutrition

When it comes to healthy eating, seasonal foods have so many benefits to offer. Not only are these five foods available at the peak of their ripeness, giving them maximum flavor and nutrition density, but they are also at their least expensive price. 

Nutrition Fact or Fiction?

Katie Ferraro Mar 23, 2018 Nutrition

There’s no shortage of misinformation when it comes to info about what to eat, from the latest diet for shedding fat to the greatest supplement for enhancing recovery. As a savvy consumer, you have to search beyond the hype to distinguish what’s really healthy and what’s just a fad. Here are five considerations to keep in mind when you’re pondering whether or not something is actually touting proper nutrition.

Gums: Is There Danger Lurking in Your Food?

Tiffani Bachus, R.D.N., and Erin Macdonald, R.D.N Dec 14, 2017 Nutrition

Gums are widely used in the food and personal-care industries as thickeners, stabilizers and emulsifiers, but questions regarding their safety have arisen due to reports of potential side effects. The purpose of this article is to provide you with information on gums so you can make informed, healthy decisions about what you and your family consume.

Cholesterol: Why We Need It

Tiffani Bachus, R.D.N., and Erin Macdonald, R.D.N Nov 17, 2017 Nutrition

Hey, what’s your number? Back in the 1980s, knowing your total cholesterol number was vital, because we were told that high cholesterol increased your risk for heart disease. Over time, we’ve come to learn that there’s far more to cardiovascular disease than total cholesterol. If you want to learn the latest information and know what really increases your chance of a heart attack or stroke, read on.

Pumpkin Power: 3 Healthy Recipes for the Fall

Katie Ferraro Oct 27, 2017 Nutrition

As soon as the leaves start to change color, the push for pumpkin-everything is on! But so many pumpkin-flavored foods and drinks are laden with sugar—and not much actual pumpkin. Here are three healthy recipes to help you harness the power of pumpkin, using canned pumpkin puree. Be careful not to confuse your cans: While pumpkin puree contains only pure pumpkin, pumpkin pie filling looks very similar, but has added sugar.

7 Worst Foods for Your Heart

Tammy Lakatos Shames and Elysse (“Lyssie”) Lakatos, The Nutrition Twins Oct 5, 2017 Nutrition

In the United States, heart disease kills more people than any other cause. But here’s some good news: There’s a lot that you can do to lower your risk of heart disease. In fact, seven of 10 risk factors for heart disease are things you can control. While you can’t control your age, genetics and gender (men are at higher risk), you can significantly lessen your probability of heart disease by not smoking, being physically active, eating a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy body weight, and controlling cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar (the last four risk factors are closely tied to what you put in your mouth). By rarely consuming seven of the most damaging foods for your heart, you’ll significantly lower your risk.

Keep in mind, however, that just because certain foods are bad for your heart, it doesn’t mean that you can never eat them. If you eat an antioxidant-rich, anti-inflammatory, heart-healthy diet with health-promoting foods (like fruits, vegetables, pulses, lean poultry, fish and whole grains), occasionally eating a food that isn’t good for your heart won’t increase your risk of heart disease. As with all foods, the dose makes the poison. Would you gain weight from eating one small piece of chocolate every day? Not likely. What if you ate a whole bag of candy every day? Probably. The same is true for the worst foods for your heart—the role they play in your overall health depends on the overall quality of your diet.

Working Out While Consuming a Vegetarian or Vegan Diet

Tammy Lakatos Shames and Elysse (“Lyssie”) Lakatos, The Nutrition Twins Sep 28, 2017 Nutrition

If there’s one question vegetarians or vegans get asked far too often, it’s “But where do you get your protein?” And if the eater in question is also into fitness, you can bet he or she gets asked this question even more frequently. Working out while eating a vegetarian or vegan diet can seem daunting, but it’s totally doable (and yes, you can even get enough protein).

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