Energy Drinks Lead to Insomnia in Athletes

Energy Drinks Lead to Insomnia in Athletes

We’ve written numerous times in the past about the potential dangers of energy drinks, especially as it relates to teens. The excessive amounts of caffeine consumed have led kids to suffer from caffeine poisoning. There have been several deaths in … Continue reading

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Consumer Reports: Label those GMOs

Consumer Reports: Label those GMOs

Consumer Reports is weighing in on the GMO debate going on in this country. Bottom line first: (1) Based on Consumer Reports research, GMOs have not clearly been proven to be safe over the long term for humans, (2) GMO … Continue reading

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Is Yeast Extract Healthier than MSG?

Is Yeast Extract Healthier than MSG?

In attempts to make packaged foods taste better, food companies employ various ingredients and additives. Some have been in use for ages, for example, spices and sugar. Others have a relatively short history and require complex manufacturing techniques. One of … Continue reading

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Torula Yeast – What is It and Should You Avoid It?

Torula Yeast – What is It and Should You Avoid It?

Torula is a species of yeast, also known as candida utilis. It has become a popular food additive in recent years, but not without some controversy. Before we get into all of that, let’s zoom out for a minute and … Continue reading

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Excess Nutrients in Fortified Cereals May Pose Risk to Kids

Excess Nutrients in Fortified Cereals May Pose Risk to Kids

Manufacturers of sugary cereals often boast high levels of vitamins and minerals, even though these are mostly sprayed onto the product, not an integral part of the ingredients. This healthwashing is something we often warn about, because despite the added … Continue reading

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Cooking with Olive Oil?  Yes We Can!

Cooking with Olive Oil? Yes We Can!

This blog post is sponsored by the North American Olive Oil Association. One of the most common myths about olive oil believed by Americans is that you can’t or shouldn’t cook with it. In a recent study conducted by the … Continue reading

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Healthy Recipe: Oven Baked Chicken & Chickpea Meatballs

Healthy Recipe: Oven Baked Chicken & Chickpea Meatballs

As toddlers, my kids used to call these “chi-chi meatballs”, because it was too difficult to say “chicken and chickpeas”. One thing that was not too hard, was finishing them off. This is a fairly easy take on meatballs, using … Continue reading

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Family Approved: Heart-Healthy, Lower-Sodium Recipes

Family Approved: Heart-Healthy, Lower-Sodium Recipes

This is a guest blog post by Janelle Peralez Gunn, MPH, RD It’s the middle of the work week AND our school schedule is in full swing. Work meetings. Project deadlines. Gymnastics practice. Homework. Dinner? Amidst the craziness of pushing … Continue reading

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Top 15 Foods From the Recent Natural Foods Expo

Top 15 Foods From the Recent Natural Foods Expo

This is a guest post by Jackie Topol, MS, RD, CDN Every year, health food companies from around the country make their way to Baltimore for the annual Natural Product Expo. I went last year for the first time and … Continue reading

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5 Things to Know About the Nitrites & Nitrates in Your Hot Dog

5 Things to Know About the Nitrites & Nitrates in Your Hot Dog

1. Sodium Nitrite and Sodium Nitrate are food preservatives used primarily in processed meat products such as hot dogs, luncheon meats, ham, bacon, corned beef (spam), and in smoked fish. 2. Nitrites play several roles: they maintain the pinkish meat … Continue reading

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