Making Healthy Choices
What 7 Food Labels Really Mean

Organic? Cage-Free? What 7 Food Labels Actually Mean

From nutrition data to health claims and certifications it can be tough to differentiate fact from fluff when it comes to food labels. Certain terms, such as “organic” and “gluten-free,” are strictly regulated by agencies including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). …

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Eating Healthy
Salad Saviors

Salad Saviors: Power Foods for Your Greens

From the base to the fixins’, there are lots of ways to supercharge your salad. You just have to know where to start. Here are some must-have power foods to never leave off of your lettuce: The base: A good rule of thumb when choosing a base lettuce for your …

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Understanding Nutrition
Everything You Need to Know About Gluten

Everything You Need to Know About Gluten

In recent years, gluten has become something of a buzzword in nutrition circles. Fortunately, most people tolerate gluten just fine. However, there is a small subset of the population in which consuming gluten can lead to significant health problems. One out of every 100 Americans suffers from an autoimmune condition …

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Understanding Nutrition
Fats in Your Diet: The Good, The Very Good and The Bad

Fats in Your Diet: The Good, the Very Good and the Bad

Not long ago, Americans demonized dietary fat. Members of the news media, health and fitness enthusiasts, and even qualified health professionals blamed fat for America’s obesity epidemic and skyrocketing rates of heart disease, cancer and stroke. The argument against dietary fat was so pervasive, manufacturers began reformulating their products without …

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Food Safety
How to Prevent Foodborne Illness in Your Kitchen

The Joy of Cooking Safely: How to Avoid Foodborne Illness

It seems that every week there’s another news story about a foodborne disease outbreak like contaminated cantaloupe, romaine lettuce tainted with E. coli or turkey harboring listeria. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 3,000 people die each year from foodborne illness and …

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Dining Out
How to Eat Healthy With New Restaurant Menu Labeling Laws

How to Eat Healthy With New Restaurant Menu Labeling Laws

Dining out can be a dietary disaster. Restaurant meals tend to be loaded with calories, fat and sodium. Even seemingly healthy dishes like salads and vegetarian meals can be suspect. That’s a problem since surveys consistently show that Americans typically dine out several times a week. The good news: On …

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Health Food Trends
The Truth About Lectins and Lectin-Free Diets

The Truth About Lectins and Trendy Lectin-Free Diets

Every so often, someone in the nutrition world (or on the periphery) raises a red flag about a seemingly harmless component in the food supply. Most often, these are only red herrings that tend to dissipate – or are disproven – with time. First it was fat, then wheat, and …

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Smart Eating
10 Foods That Seem Healthy But May Not Be

10 Foods That Seem Healthy But Aren’t

Yogurt, granola, kale chips – they all sound healthy, right? Unfortunately, no matter how virtuous a food sounds – particularly in conjunction with popular buzz-words like “all-natural,” “gluten-free” and “live active cultures” – it can still be bad for you. Those words focus on only one piece of a much …

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Nutrition Advice

Can You Be Overweight & Malnourished?

People often equate weight with nourishment. Waif-like and thin? You must be malnourished. Pleasantly plump or rotund? You clearly have all the nutrients you need. The truth: While people – and even health professionals – tend to emphasize weight, the reality is, even folks who meet the recommended body mass …

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Ideas for Eating Healthy
Food trends for 2018 - fermented foods, probiotics

5 Food and Drink Trends for 2018

A growing number of culinary and nutrition experts are weighing in with predictions about what will be the hottest food trends in 2018. In fact, outfits like the Specialty Food Association, a group made up of food artisans, importers and entrepreneurs, make a habit of releasing reports at the end …

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