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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 […]

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Fast Facts on Sodium: The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that Americans consume no more than 2,300 mg of sodium per day The American Heart Association recommends consuming no more than 1,500 mg of sodium per day, especially for people with heart disease or high blood pressure The average American eats 3,400 mg of […]

nutrition spotlight

Calories have always been a hot topic when talking about nutrition and health. Today, explore the good and bad of sodium in our nutrition spotlight.  Calories in versus calories out has long been regarded as the best method for sustainable weight control. However, over the past few years people have been looking past the caloric […]

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Nutritional policies in schools have seen a radical change over the past few years under the direction of Michelle Obama and the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. The overall goals of the act are to increase the use of whole grains, fruits and vegetables and low-fat and reduced-fat milk on school menus. Schools also are being […]

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Recently, the RAND Corporation (“a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decision making through research and analysis,” according to their website) has proposed implementing healthy dining standards for restaurants. This would require foodservice establishments to have a percentage of their menu items (on both adult and kids menus) meet certain nutritional criteria. Their reasoning […]

Are Heart Superfoods on Your Menu?

By Elaine Magee, MPH, RD The bad news is heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women—about 715,000 Americans have a heart attack each year. The good news is heart disease is preventable and controllable–serving heart smart meals can help your customers avoid heart disease and its complications. Diet recommendations […]