With the promise of cold and flu season on the horizon, nutrition and healthful eating come to the forefront of wellness and warding off pesky illnesses. When it comes to a balanced diet, there are many key minerals to focus on to help the immune system perform optimally. One mineral commonly associated with wellness when […]

Keeping Menus Clean

With the increasing popularity of food bloggers, wellness gurus, and “foodies,” it is becoming clear that eating healthy isn’t just a lifestyle, but a growing trend among Americans. In a study conducted by the International Food Information Council (IFIC), 1,000 consumers between the ages of 18-80 were surveyed about their diet. 64% of those surveyed […]

Nutrient Spotlight Series: Antioxidants

Antioxidants are known to be the dynamo defenders that help fight against chemicals called free radicals, found in our bodies. Free radicals contribute to the destruction of cells by stealing their electrons, thus altering our cells’ structure and function. Research attests to the role free radicals play in the onset of a host of chronic […]

Is This Really Vegetarian?

If you talk to most people about their diet they’re likely to tell you the foods they don’t eat, if they have special dietary restrictions, or if they refrain from eating animal products (vegan or vegetarian). When it comes to vegetarians there’s a lot of wiggle room. Some people eat eggs, milk, and cheese (Lacto-Ovo), […]

Nutrient Spotlight Series: Fiber

Recently, fiber has become a prominent nutrient of concern in the standard American diet due to inadequate fruit, vegetable and whole grain intake. Fiber is found in plants and provides many benefits for the human body. Ironically, our bodies need fiber, however unlike other nutrients, it’s never actually absorbed. The distinctive path of digestion fiber […]

facts sodium

Sodium plays a critical role in aiding a number of biological functions that we often take for granted. For instance, without sodium we would be continually dehydrated because we wouldn’t be able to maintain fluid balance. Sodium also helps our intestines absorb important compounds like amino acids, glucose, water, and chloride, and helps our brains […]

Congress Makes History with GMO Labeling Bill

A bill to create a national standard for labeling foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) was recently passed by the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives. President Obama signed the bill into law on Friday, July 29th. “While there is broad consensus that foods from genetically engineered crops are safe, we appreciate the […]

Round and Round the Numbers Go.....

Let’s set  scene. It’s just months away from the menu labeling deadline and it’s time to get to work and analyze your menu. You purchase a software program, sit down at your computer and start entering your recipes. Then you realize that you need every standard menu item, every size, every variation, every flavor, every […]

Nutrient Spotlight Series : B Vitamins and Iron

Summer is in full swing and there is no better time to take advantage of eating fresh, colorful produce, loaded with energy releasing nutrients, to fuel your summer activities. Energy from the food we eat is harnessed during digestion. Although vitamins and minerals themselves do not contain energy, they support our normal bodily processes and […]

Vitamin D and Calcium

Bone health is not determined by how much milk you drink or how many supplements you take, but rather a combination of several different factors. Exercise, vitamin and mineral intake, gender and age all have an impact on bone strength and health. The two nutrients most important in promoting healthy, strong bones are vitamin D […]