Americans love salty foods. The average American consumes 3400 mg of sodium per day. The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee recommends that Americans should target under 2300 mg of sodium daily, and the American Heart Association recommends a target of under 1500 mg sodium daily for healthy Americans. While there is ongoing discussion on the … Continue reading Shaking America’s unhealthy salt habits
Lately, it’s hard to go anywhere without hearing something about gluten and many people are touting the benefits of a gluten-free diet. But is there a real benefit to dumping gluten? Or have we all fallen prey to another fad diet? Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. It is responsible for … Continue reading Gluten-free or gluten hype?
Spinach has been on the table for over 1700 years, with the first spinach meal likely served up in ancient Persia (now Iran). History books suggest that the King of Nepal introduced spinach to China in the 7th century and spinach was on the plate in Europe by the 11th century. Catherine de Medici of … Continue reading Spinach as a superfood: It worked for Popeye…or did it?
After 20 years, manufacturers are gearing up to roll out of a much needed change to the Nutrition Facts label in summer 2018. The new look is more than a cosmetic facelift. The changes are designed to help Americans with healthy eating decisions to lower risk for chronic disease. Why is the Nutrition Facts label change … Continue reading FDA Nutrition Facts label gets a major makeover
Since the dawn of the 1950s, the war on sugar has left more confused than enlightened as the FDA approved the use of saccharin as the first artificial sweetener. After 65 years of evolving science, one might think a clear answer would emerge. But even the recent New York Times article has the pot stirring with … Continue reading Sugar or artificial sweetener? Pick your poison
I frequently hear from my patients that healthy and nutritious eating is expensive, not only in cost, but also in time. I can’t deny that yes, it takes more time to visit the grocery store or seek out a piece of fresh fruit than it would to hit up a vending machine for a candy … Continue reading 10 nutritious and portable snacks under $1
With the change of the calendar comes a renewing of many families’ pledge to lead healthier lives. Many of these families might be replacing their cola and candy habits with diet drinks and sugar-free treats. But a new study says these seemingly healthier choices might not be as healthy as we think, especially when it … Continue reading Sugar-free drinks, candies might not be as healthy as you think
Recently, I came across a picture of Santa Claus with a quote: “No more cookies please. If you don’t have celery sticks on a tray and cucumber water waiting, all you’re going to get is coal.” This quote describes our culture so well when it comes to thoughts around food. We tend to have an … Continue reading Peace on Earth and peace with food
Thanksgiving is right around the corner and for many people trying to watch their weight it holds an air of excitement as well as anxiety. This meal, out of all the meals in a year, is the one that has all of mom’s best recipes – the ones that conjure up childhood memories. It is … Continue reading It’s Thanksgiving, not the last supper
Are you confused when it comes to popular diets and nutrition claims? Welcome to the club! With so much conflicting information presented in the media, it can be difficult to decipher fact from fiction. Should you follow a paleo diet? Do a detox? Is organic worth it? What about artificial sweeteners? Paleo or Caveman Diets … Continue reading Common nutrition myths: Separate fact from fiction