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Busting Up 5 Food Myths

Foodamentals, Keeping It Fresh By October 19, 2016 Tags: , , , No Comments

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Eating healthy can be challenging enough without having to weed through which diet advice is sound and what is a myth. We’ve done some myth busting for you!

Drinking more water can help you lose weight

Turns out there’s no evidence that water peels off pounds.  True, foods containing water – such as soup, can fill you up.  But just drinking water alone doesn’t have the same impact.  Our thirst mechanism and our hunger mechanism are two different things.  Best advice – drink water for health benefits and to make sure your body has the water it needs and not for weight loss! read more

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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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