Nutrition labeling

Eating "Clean": What are consumers really looking for when dining out?

The days of glazing over ingredients when purchasing food are coming to a close.  Now, more than ever, health food stores and farm to table restaurants are popping up everywhere, and they are packed with people. Why the change? What spurred this trend to start eating “clean” again? Clean, healthy foods are where we all […]

Pick Your Poison: Natural and Artificial Flavors

As many of the major American holidays have passed, new year’s resolutions are occupying our minds rather than visions of sugarplums – or are they? February is here and that means Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day, a sweet holiday in all aspects of the word. But before you ask your sweetie to give you some sugar […]

Nutrient Spotlight Series: Unsaturated Fat

The fat-free craze in America started in the late 1980s when the scientific community started to correlate high-fat diets with heart disease and premature death. Rather than focusing on certain types of fats over others, the nutrient was demonized as a whole and people began to seek out fat-free and reduced-fat options in the grocery […]

Nutrient Spotlight Series: Saturated Fat

Is coconut oil the cure for all that ails us? Is the Paleo diet, focused on higher-fat ingredients coming largely from animal sources, the healthiest way to eat? Should full-fat dairy be re-introduced to the school lunch program? All of these hot button nutrition topics can lead back to one previously sinister nutrient: saturated fat. […]

Nutrient Spotlight Series: Sugar

Over the last decade, the major nutrients of concern in most dietary recommendations have shifted to include sugar. Although a large body of evidence relating long-term sugar consumption to health disparities is lacking, sugar has become one of the more targeted nutrients when discussing healthful eating. The negative view on sugar is spurred by the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

facts sodium

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 […]

Healthy Options

When it comes to health and nutrition, self-serve buffets and salad bars can be a dangerous place for ravenous diners with endless appetites. Although they offer wide selections and the flexibility to create custom menu options with ease, they can quickly ruin healthy options with just a few extra scoops.   From changing up dishes […]