Nutrition Blog

July 2, 2012
The Benefits of Spices
The Benefits of Spices

As ancient healers realized and modern science has confirmed, herbs and spices do much more than flavor our foods. They can provide a big bang of antioxidants–natural plant substances that protect our cells from "free radical" damage and may help prevent chronic diseases like heart disease and cancer.

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June 1, 2012
Are You a Flexitarian?
Are You a Flexitarian?

It is estimated that 30-40 percent of the U.S. population now considers themselves to be flexitarians. They simply want to eat a healthy diet while minimizing meat consumption. They are pro-plants, not anti-meat. Their goal is to gradually eat more veggies while still enjoying some of their favorite meats and most will eat eggs and dairy products. Motivating factors to become a flexitarian include the desire to improve health, reduce food cost and to reduce carbon emissions generated by the livestock sector.

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May 1, 2012
Build Your Muscle Tone
Build Your Muscle Tone

On average, adults lose two percent of muscle mass per year after the age of 50. This includes skeletal muscle, smooth muscle and muscles that affect vital organ function such as the heart muscle. The decreased muscle mass seen in aging is often associated with decreases in bone density leading to osteoporosis, insulin insensitivity leading to diabetes, and aerobic capacity leading to cardiovascular disease.

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April 2, 2012
Look For Whole Grains
Look For Whole Grains

Research continues to turn up new evidence on the benefits of whole grains. We’ve known for years that fiber in whole grains helps promote digestive health. More recently, studies have shown that eating more whole grains may not only help reduce the risk for heart disease by lowering total cholesterol and LDL, but it may also reduce the risk of developing cancer and diabetes.

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March 1, 2012
Eat Your Coconut
Eat Your Coconut

The poor coconut, which is actually a seed not a nut, has been criticized for decades because it contains 90 percent saturated fat. This is the fat health experts say is an artery clogger. Thankfully, not just because I adore coconut, it is now receiving a long overdue vindication.

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February 1, 2012
Heart Healthy Snacks On The Go
Heart Healthy Snacks On The Go

The snack items that I recommend contain antioxidants such as polyphenols and flavonoids which help reduce or prevent inflammation – a condition which can be a link to heart disease.

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January 3, 2012
Winter Produce Options
Winter Produce Options

The winter months can seem humdrum when it comes to fresh produce. Just how many carrots, potatoes and apples can you eat without getting bored? Don’t despair. There are many colorful fruits and veggies that can brighten up your winter meals that are also packed with nutrients too.

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December 1, 2011
Avoiding Weight Gain During the Holiday Season
Avoiding Weight Gain During the Holiday Season

Fortunately, the idea that Americans gain between 5-10 pounds during the holiday season is more myth than reality. Studies have shown that the average holiday weight gain is just a little more than one pound.

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November 1, 2011
Diabetes and Dietary Supplements
Diabetes and Dietary Supplements

If you take dietary supplements, you aren’t alone. Plus, studies show that people with diabetes are twice as likely to use dietary supplements as people without diabetes. Many healthcare providers don’t ask about supplement use. This isn’t helpful for you or your provider. If they don’t know what you take, they can’t let you know about the possible helpful or harmful side effects or potential interactions with prescription medicines you take.

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October 14, 2011
Tips to Avoid Osteoporosis
Tips to Avoid Osteoporosis

The National Osteoporosis Foundation and the Institute of Medicine recommend the following to prevent bone loss:

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