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Sugar Swaps

Health Care Professionals By November 14, 2016 Tags: , , , No Comments

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Trying to shake off the sugar in your diet but wondering how you’re going to satisfy your sweet tooth? Here’s the truth about sugar alternatives:

Artificial Sweeteners (Splenda, Sweet ‘N Low, Equal)
Many people turn to sugar substitutes as a calorie-free way to add a taste of sweetness. The possible benefits of artificial sweeteners include weight management and blood sugar control. However, they are synthetic sugar substitutes, so be cautious not to consume too much! Animal studies have linked artificial sweeteners with increased risk of certain types of cancer and some health effects have been noted in humans. Another caveat- the taste of sugar stimulates appetite, but artificial sweeteners do not stimulate the brain in the same way that sugar does, so these substitutes can cause cravings and lead to overeating. read more

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30-Day Healthy Blood Pressure Challenge

Health Care Professionals, Keeping It Fresh By September 2, 2016 Tags: , , , No Comments

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Are you ready to shake things up? Join us for our Healthy Blood Pressure 30-Day Challenge and get ready to shake up the way you shop and think about food.

In this fast-paced daily challenge you’ll learn how to jumpstart your grocery shopping and your diet to help keep your heart healthy. We’ll show you how to reduce salt and sugar both at the grocery store and at home.

  • Receive daily recipes to inspire you (don’t miss our personal favorite, the  Morning Glory muffins) from our friends at EatingWell.
  • Enjoy our fun quick quizzes and earn $1 for every answer!
  • Read customized tips and videos for following a lower sodium diet
  • Participate in our twice-weekly LIVE chat with Lara, our ShopWell dietitian.
  • Get personalized food recommendations based on your previous grocery store purchases.
  • Scan each grocery receipt to find hidden sodium and sugar in the foods you buy — you could even win a FitBit!
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    Eating for When You’re Expecting

    Chew on This, Health Care Professionals By August 19, 2016 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

    Are you pregnant, thinking about having a kid, or even just curious about staying healthy during pregnancy? Well, we took a look at the major nutrition-related concerns here and what you can do to have a healthy and complication-free pregnancy!

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    Folic Acid

    One could argue that folic acid is the most important nutrient to pay attention to before or during pregnancy, so let’s start with it! Folic acid deficiency in the mother is associated with neural tube defects (NTD) in babies. This is where the neural tube in the spine doesn’t properly close up while forming and growing in the uterus and can cause numerous problems.  To prevent this, whether you’re trying to get pregnant, expecting, or even a woman of childbearing age, make sure your diet has lots of foods that are rich in folic acid. This includes fruits, vegetables, legumes, and many fortified cereals. You want to aim for at least 400 micrograms of folic acid a day whether or not you’re expecting since many pregnancies are unplanned (over half in the US!). If you’re already expecting, boosting your intake to 600 micrograms (which can be done by taking a prenatal supplement daily plus a healthy diet) starting as early in the pregnancy as possible is best to prevent NTD. 1 read more

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    Give Your Baby a Healthy Start

    Foodamentals, Health Care Professionals By August 1, 2016 Tags: , , , , No Comments

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    By Maryam Maheri

    August is National Breastfeeding Month. The amount of information and advice you get when expecting your first baby can be totally overwhelming. There’s a lot to think about before the baby comes. A big decision new mom’s must make for their little one’s nutrition is breastfeeding vs. formula feeding. A number of health organizations including the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Medical Association (AMA), and the World Health Organization (WHO) recommend breastfeeding as the best choice (if you are able to) for babies. read more

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    What’s the Deal with D?

    Foodamentals, Health Care Professionals By July 27, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

    Vitamin D has been the superstar of the vitamin world for the past several years and for good reason, it’s pretty dang awesome! Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin and plays a big role in helping you have strong and healthy bones. This vitamin is special though. Your body, more specifically your skin, can produce vitamin D when you get some sunshine. Curious what else vitamin D is good for? Read on!

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    Benefits of Vitamin D:

    Osteoporosis_LocationsYou might know that calcium helps keep your bones healthy, but did you know that vitamin D is just as important? It increases calcium absorption in your bones by helping deliver calcium to the bones, helping the bones “remodel” and become stronger. This helps prevent osteoporosis, a condition common in populations over 40 that causes bones to become weak and brittle.  Brittle bones are easily broken, and many people show no symptoms until their first bone fracture, making this a dangerous condition. read more

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    The New Food Label Is Here!

    Foodamentals, Health Care Professionals By May 20, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

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    The Food and Drug Administration released the guidelines for the new Nutrition Facts Panel today, or as it’s affectionately called by health professionals, the NFP. The Nutrition Facts Panel may be a few decades old but it hasn’t changed much since it was introduced in 1993. It has become an essential  tool for people to figure out how nutritional value of the food they eat. There are some pretty awesome changes you’ll start to see on food labels over the next few years. The new NFP will: read more

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