Fiber One Fruit Snacks – Worse than Candy?

Fiber One Fruit Snacks – Worse than Candy?

This a guest post by Bridgett Kidd, MPH, RD. Food companies have many tricks for convincing parents that kid-targeted junk food is healthy.  Chocolate-filled granola bars packing nearly 3 teaspoons of sugar and only 1g of fiber are marketed as … Continue reading

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Dannon Promises to Reduce Sugar…to Levels *Above* Current Offering

Dannon Promises to Reduce Sugar…to Levels *Above* Current Offering

Last week in Washington DC, Dannon pledged to improve the nutrition profile of its yogurts. At the annual meeting of the Partnership for a Healthier America, the yogurt behemoth promised the following changes by 2016: Improve the nutrient density by … Continue reading

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Five Ways to Eat Slowly (for Weight Loss)

Five Ways to Eat Slowly (for Weight Loss)

You may have noticed that our New Year posts are focused mostly on weight loss. This is not a coincidence. A new year is a huge motivator for many people to take charge of their health and habits. We’re here … Continue reading

Posted in Weight Loss | 15 Replies
How To Choose a Healthy Snack Bar

How To Choose a Healthy Snack Bar

One of the fastest growing food categories of the last decade has been the “bar”. Add your own prefix: snack bar energy bar protein bar breakfast bar meal replacement bar ___________ bar There are many reasons for the success of … Continue reading

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The Top 10 Foods & Beverages in the American Diet  (Signs of Improvement)

The Top 10 Foods & Beverages in the American Diet (Signs of Improvement)

NPD, a consumer marketing research firm has recently published its 28th annual Eating Patterns in America Report. The findings appear cautiously optimistic as the authors found a few positive trends: The rate of obesity seems to be leveling off, after … Continue reading

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Yummy & Nutritious Dessert Idea: Chia Seed Pudding

Yummy & Nutritious Dessert Idea: Chia Seed Pudding

This is a guest post by Elizabeth Lee, MS RD. Since preparing this pudding for the first time last year, it has become a staple in my fridge. This simple dessert has won many praises at an office potluck, wowed … Continue reading

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Top 10 Healthy Snacks for Kids

Top 10 Healthy Snacks for Kids

Recent data from market research firm NPD confirms what we all know – American kids are heavy snackers. Children aged 6 to 12 consume 4.1 snacks per day. Teens consume slightly less, just 3.8.  Younger children munch mostly on foods … Continue reading

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Name These 3 Fruits (plus some thoughts about variety)

Name These 3 Fruits (plus some thoughts about variety)

Eating healthfully may seem boring after a while. The same salad every day for lunch, boring greens, an apple a day, etc… And all the while we are tempted with an endless stream of marketing messages to buy this or … Continue reading

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Do You Know What’s REALLY Coating Your Fruit?

Do You Know What’s REALLY Coating Your Fruit?

We received the following inquiry from one of our readers: I was washing my nectarines from WA State (I live in Idaho where the peaches and nectarines are not good). They felt waxy. I read the box and this (see image above) is what … Continue reading

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3 Thoughts About Organic Fruits and Vegetables

3 Thoughts About Organic Fruits and Vegetables

This is a guest post by Lior Torenberg. The hype behind organic food is immense. While it was once limited to specialty grocery stores, it can now be found in virtually any grocery store (Walmart is the largest seller of … Continue reading

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