Special Diet

Pick Your Poison: Anti-Caking Agents

With graduation season quickly approaching and Mother’s Day just around the corner, it’s a good time to reflect on things you’ve learned from your mother – or even from her mother and her mother’s mother. I’m sure you can remember familiar phrases that our parents have shared with us. Old proverbs such as, “two wrongs […]

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 […]

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), […]

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 […]

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 […]