Nutrition Blog

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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August 24, 2011
Smart Snacks for Older Adults
Smart Snacks for Older Adults

American children snack on junk food three times per day, accounting for 27 percent of their daily caloric intake. The problem may not be the act of snacking, but what kids are munching on. Healthful snacking can be beneficial to both children and adults as it offers so many benefits: more energy, increased mental clarity, few cravings for junk foods and an overall feeling of well-being. A balanced snack will help keep blood sugar in an optimal range, especially between meals. When blood sugar is low it can cause the experience of a "brain fog," and a tendency toward cravings for sugary foods.

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July 27, 2011
How to Avoid E-Coli in Produce
How to Avoid E-Coli in Produce

The recent E.coli outbreak in Europe was quite serious, and as a result, the U.S. FDA has been in routine contact with the European Union and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to monitor the current outbreak and to track any illnesses in the U.S. that may be related to the outbreak.

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April 29, 2011
Getting the Fruits & Veg You Need in Your Diet
Getting the Fruits & Veg You Need in Your Diet

The new Dietary Guidelines for Americans suggests that we all consume at least five servings of fruits and vegetables each day. It’s easy to get stuck in the same old routine of apples and bananas, peas and corn. How can you get the servings you need and add some variety to your diet?

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New Dietary Guidelines Released for 2011
New Dietary Guidelines Released for 2011

Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack and Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius announced in January the release of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the federal government’s evidenced-based nutritional guidance to promote health, reduce the risk of chronic diseases and reduce the prevalence of overweight and obesity through improved nutrition and physical activity.

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Cholesterol
Cholesterol

People who eat the most added sugars have lower levels of HDL ("good") cholesterol and higher levels of triglycerides. Both raise the risk of heart disease.

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Blood Pressure
Blood Pressure

New research shows that boosting your potassium level can be just as important for healthy blood pressure and may protect your heart in the bargain.

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Tags: high blood pressure, potassium, heart disease, bananas, juice, vegetables, fruit
Blueberries and Alzheimer’s
Blueberries and Alzheimer’s

Research has shown that eating a lot of blueberries can prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

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Tags: blueberries, alzheimer’s, berries, antioxidant, juice
Sodium
Sodium

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services sent a strong message that most Americans need to reduce their salt and sodium intake.

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Tags: sodium, salt, high blood pressure, heart disease
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