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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Fun in the Sun! Let’s Talk Hydration

Chew on This, Keeping It Fresh, Uncategorized By July 20, 2016 Tags: , , , , No Comments

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Something great about the summer is the number of things you can do outside when it’s nice out. Whether you’re at the beach, hiking in a park, or any other fun activity your town might have, proper hydration is still key. The average American drinks around 4 cups of water a day. While recommendations have changed over time and the once-standard 8 cups a day may longer apply, staying hydrated is vital to your overall health and needs, especially in the hot sunny summer months. Fun fact – adults are composed of around 60% water, while children can be up to 78% water. When you’re dehydrated your whole body is affected, leading to a whole range of uncomfortable and possibly dangerous symptoms. read more

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Dude Food! 7 Foods Every Dude Should Be Eating

Keeping It Fresh By June 17, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

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Food is universal – whole foods and minimally processed foods are good for the everyone. Some foods however pack more punch in helping prevent men’s health issues. These seven foods have the men’s best interests at heart and can help protect them from cancer, heart health and other health issues.

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Surprise! Just one more reason to add avocados to your shopping cart. Avocados are having a moment in the food spotlight and for good reason. This fruit is a great source of monounsaturated fats, which are healthy fats for your heart. Monounsaturated fats can do great things for your cholesterol too, beating down the total cholesterol and the LDL (aka the “bad”) cholesterol. Just keep the total fat in your diet in check, aim for 25-35% of your total calories and you’re good to go. read more

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5 Reasons We Heart Eggs

Chew on This, Foodamentals By June 3, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

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Eggs have been on a roller coaster of popularity over the past few decades. We love ’em, then we drop ‘e like it’s hot, and now we can’t get enough of them (again). Thanks to the relaxed guidance in the new Dietary Guidelines on cholesterol and recent studies, eggs are back in the game! Here are the five reasons we have always loved eggs.

  1. Super nutritious. Eggs are a great of protein. They are one of the few sources of complete protein, basically they have all the essential amino acids your body needs in all the right amounts. Plus one egg boasts 6 grams of protein for about 70 calories, a good low cal option! A large egg also provides about 10% of your daily needs for Vitamin D.
  2. Don’t fear the yolks! Pretty much all egg yolks have omega-3 fats (the kind of fat you want to eat). Some eggs will have a higher omega-3 content depending on the chicken’s diet so eggs can be a great way to boost the omega-3’s in your diet too. Although there’s saturated fat in the yolk as long as you aren’t eating a dozen in a day you’re probably fine.
  3. Can you say “choline?” You might not even know what the nutrient is, but it’s super important and grouped with the B vitamins. Choline plays a role in keeping our nervous system running at top speed and is important for keeping your cells healthy.
  4. Cheap eats. Eggs are an inexpensive protein choice that provide quality nutrition without breaking the bank. They go great on everything from pizzas to avocado toast to give you a healthy boost of protein.
  5. Easy on the eyes. Eggs are a good source of lutein and zeaxanthin (try saying that 10 times fast!). Both of these nutrients are important for eye health and reduce your risk of macular degeneration.

Eggs go with just about everything from hardboiled as a snack to fried egg on pizza or pasta. This quality protein is a good choice to keep stocked in the fridge. Just be sure you play it safe and avoid raw eggs. Nothing worse than food poisoning! read more

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3 Reasons Why You Should Care About the New Food Label

Chew on This, Keeping It Fresh By May 24, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , , No Comments

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First Lady Michelle Obama announced last week that for the first time in several years the food label is getting a facelift, woohoo! The food label, also known as the Nutrition Facts Panel, is there to help you make more informed choices when choosing what food to buy and eat. Food manufacturers have the next two years to change up the labels on the food they make to follow the new guidelines. Here are the top three things to get excited about!

Oh hey there Added Sugars!

Added sugars are a hot topic right now but it’s pretty tough to tell how much added sugar is in your food. Until now. The new labels (you’ll be seeing them by 2018) will have the grams of added sugar called out. Soon you’ll get to see how much sugar (and salt and fat) is in your food. In case you aren’t sure how many grams of sugar is ok to eat, the label also includes a percent daily value. Just remember, less is more with added sugars! read more

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