Peanut Butter – 10 Things to Know

Peanut Butter – 10 Things to Know

November is National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month, so here are some interesting facts to celebrate. 1. Americans consume close to 800 million pounds of peanut butter annually, about three pounds for every man, woman and child! 2. Despite their name, … Continue reading

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The Problem With Fruit Juice

The Problem With Fruit Juice

Fruit juice is available year-round, affordable, convenient, and kids love it. Tropicana, Minute Maid, and other juice brands have spent decades educating us that fruit juice is just as healthy as fruit. It worked! USDA stats place fruit drinks and … Continue reading

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What is a Protein’s Biological Value and Why is it Important?

What is a Protein’s Biological Value and Why is it Important?

Human nutrition is vastly more complicated than the the simplified information provided to Americans through dietary guidelines, nutrition facts panels, and ingredient lists on products. Scientific understanding is evolving as well. If once all fats were grouped as one, today … Continue reading

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How to Choose a Better Bread

How to Choose a Better Bread

This is a guest post by Katie Sullivan Morford, MS, RD and was originally published here. This is my new favorite sandwich bread. The fact that my children like it too is a big plus, since it’s a significant upgrade, … Continue reading

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To Juice or to Blend?

To Juice or to Blend?

Fresh liquid nutrition is really big these days. Cold pressed juice stands are popping up all over metro areas. Jamba Juice and competitors have hundreds of branches nationwide, and companies like Vitamix and Blendtec are selling $500 machines like hot … Continue reading

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Meet Bacteroidetes and Firmicutes – the Yin and Yang of Obesity in Your Gut

Meet Bacteroidetes and Firmicutes – the Yin and Yang of Obesity in Your Gut

For years, frustrated dieters have wondered how two people could eat the same exact food, with one gaining weight and the other staying as skinny as a flagpole. The answer was usually a “faster metabolism”, but the underlying scientific mechanisms … Continue reading

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Is Your Supermarket Sabotaging Your Diet?

Is Your Supermarket Sabotaging Your Diet?

America has become an obesogenic country. That’s because everywhere you turn to, unhealthy food and beverage are within arm’s reach. Supermarkets have become part of the problem. In a recent study conducted by the University of Massachusetts Medical School, 240 … Continue reading

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Protein Builds Muscle, Carbs Are Fuel, And Fat Help With?

Protein Builds Muscle, Carbs Are Fuel, And Fat Help With?

A little Nutrition 101 today. We all know that food can be divided into macro-nutrients and micro-nutrients. The micros are vitamins and minerals such as iron, calcium, and vitamin C. Our body needs tiny amounts of micro-nutrients (usually measured in … Continue reading

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Balsamic Vinegar – 10 Things to Know

Balsamic Vinegar – 10 Things to Know

1. Balsamic vinegar is a sweet and complex tasting vinegar originally from Italy but gaining popularity throughout the world. 2. It is a special type of vinegar. Unlike regular vinegars that are derived from fermented alcohol, Balsamic vinegar is made … Continue reading

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The Bogus BMI

The Bogus BMI

There’s a great read on The Body Mass Index (BMI) over at Mother Jones. This is the standard unit of measurement used to assess a person’s health via assumptions about overweight and obesity. Adopted in the 80′s by the health … Continue reading

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