Thanksgiving is only a week away: we know many of you are planing your menus for your family and friends. Whether you are recreating your grandmother's sage and butter stuffing or are trying the new gorgonzola cream spinach recipe from your favorite cooking magazine, one way to help you, and the people you are cooking for, maintain self-control over the busy holiday season is to have a solid understanding of portion size. Couple this with a few healthy dishes for you and your guests, and you'll be able to indulge in favorite treats and spend hours with family members around the dinner table without giving up your commitment to year-round healthy eating.
While researching our food and nutrition tools and content, we here at ShopWell spend a lot of time on government websites. In addition to providing well-researched health and nutrition information, these sites also have some awesome hidden elements, from e-cards to zombie comics.
In honor of Election Day and Veteran's Day, we've gathered a few of our favorite fun government websites for you to check out. Just like ShopWell itself, they make food, nutrition, and health more fun and accessible.
Everybody loves the spooky, scary fun of Halloween, but once you add up the saturated fat, sugar, and sodium in the holiday's most popular treats, you might get the fright of your life. A few simple changes this October 31st can make a real difference in the nutrition impact of your All Hallows' Eve. (Plus, you can have a little wiggle room left over for a snack size candy bar or two.) Here are some great trade-ups that make Halloween traditions a little healthier, without impacting the fun.
Today, October 24th, marks the first annual Food Day in the U.S. Sponsored by U.S. Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa and U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut. Food Day is backed by a large number of health professionals, chefs, lawmakers, and organizations from a wide variety of food and nutrition backgrounds– including Registered Dietitians Patricia Babjak and Ellie Krieger.
Food Day aims to reduce diet-related disease and obesity in the U.S. by promoting safe, healthy food; supporting sustainable farms; ensuring access to healthy food; protecting both farm workers and the environment; trying to reduce marketing of junk food to children; and expanding access to food to help in alleviating hunger. It's a big list of goals, but one that's in keeping with the healthier lifestyle that ShopWell also aims to promote.
If you're up on your nutrition news, you've probably heard by now that trans fats are bad for you. By raising levels of "bad" LDL cholesterol and lowering levels of "good" HDL cholesterol, trans fats can contribute to your risk of heart attacks, heart disease, and strokes. They're also associated with a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes. With all these dangers, it's no surprise that the FDA required trans fat to be listed on the Nutrition Facts label, beginning in 2006. As a result, Americans are snapping up products that proudly advertise themselves as having "0 grams trans fat." But even if you're reading the label and only purchasing products with 0 grams of trans fat, you might still be consuming it. How is that possible? We've got the answers.
Each year, approximately 1 in 6 Americans are struck with a food-borne illness. Over 100,000 of them are hospitalized, and 3,000 die. While this group is dominated by isolated incidents, serious taints that can be tracked back to one source are also common. When food crises like the recent outbreak of listeria from cantaloupe and the recall of packaged salads due to salmonella concerns strike, who takes the lead on addressing the problem, and what can you do to make sure you're not affected? We've got the answers.
Dietitians and non-dietitians alike have probably seen ShopWell's announcement that we're headed to FNCE (the American Dietetic Association's Food & Nutrition Conference and Expo) to host booth #1843, which is being held in San Diego this week. But those of you who aren't in the field might be wondering: what does a dietitian do? How is a dietitian different from a nutritionist? And isn't that word spelled "dietician?"
A Dietitian's Qualifications