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Should You Try These Latest Food Trends?

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018  |  Posted by Toby Amidor  /  Filed under Hot Topics, Product Reviews  /  Comments: more
By Toby Amidor, MS, RD Last week I attended the New York City Fancy Food Show where I saw a wide variety of food trends. Here’s a look at what will be hitting store shelves—and which foods you should keep in your cart, and others you may want to skip. From The Ground Up Cauliflower Snacks
Cauliflower has made its way into pretzels and crackers. Both the cracker and pretzels are tasty and have a similar taste to the real deal.…

The Keto Diet: Is It Worth a Try?

Monday, July 2nd, 2018  |  Posted by Toby Amidor  /  Filed under Hot Topics, In the News, Weight Loss  /  Comments: 0
One of the most popular diets today is the ketogenic diet (AKA the keto diet). This diet has been around for quite some time and used to help epileptic children, but it has recently become the latest weight loss trend. Before you start filling your plate with fatty foods and drastically limiting your carbohydrates, here’s what you need to know. Keto Diet 101
The Ketogenic diet is essentially a very low carbohydrate,…

Can Omega-3’s Help With Mental Health?

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018  |  Posted by Toby Amidor  /  Filed under Healthy Eating, Hot Topics, Nutrition & Health  /  Comments: more
By Toby Amidor, MS, RD This post was sponsored by the Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s (GOED). All thoughts are my own. One-in-10 people world-wide are afflicted with depression or anxiety disorders according to a 2016 World Health Organization Report. Emerging research suggests that omega-3s play a role in supporting various mood disorders. As May is National Mental Health Awareness month, plus I am…

Should You Be Taking Collagen Supplements?

Monday, April 2nd, 2018  |  Posted by Toby Amidor  /  Filed under Food Facts, Hot Topics  /  Comments: more
Collagen is one of the popular buzzwords in health and fitness. It’s being added to everything from protein bars, nutritional powders, pills, and even coffee creamer. But what is it, is it safe, and should you be following in this latest trend? What Is It?
Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body and can be found in skin, hair, tendons, and ligaments. You need adequate amounts to maintain strong bones, smooth…

Frozen Meals: Good or Bad?

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018  |  Posted by Toby Amidor  /  Filed under Healthy Eating, Hot Topics, Tips  /  Comments: 0
By: Sheridan Jonas, Contributing Blogger When you’re in a time crunch, it’s easy to turn to packaged frozen meals. However, mixed messages on the healthiness of frozen meals can be confusing. Are they healthy or filled with junk? The Good
  • Quick and portable: Time can be a major obstacle to preparing healthy meals. Instead of turning to fast food or take-out, some frozen meals can be a healthy alternative that are

What’s the Deal with Matcha?

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018  |  Posted by Toby Amidor  /  Filed under Food Facts, Hot Topics, Nutrition & Health  /  Comments: 1
  It seems like every café you walk into lately has matcha on the menu. Even Starbucks added a Matcha Lemonade and Green Tea Latte made with matcha to their menu. And it doesn’t stop there. You can find matcha pancakes, muffins, cakes– you name it. It’s an ingredient that’s being added to both sweet and savory dishes. So what is so magical about this ground green tea and is it worth all the hype? What is matcha?

The Truth About Canned Tomatoes

Monday, November 20th, 2017  |  Posted by Toby Amidor  /  Filed under Hot Topics, In the News, Nutrition & Health  /  Comments: more
By Toby Amidor, MS, RDN In recent years, there has been some fear about canned tomatoes and their possible contamination with BPA (bisphenol-A). Let me cut straight to the chase and say that most of this fear is unwarranted, and I’ll explain why. BPA is a synthetic compound found in many plastics, such as in water bottles and food containers, and in the lining of cans. It’s thought to be similar to estrogen and may have…

Should You Buy Electrolyte-Enhanced, Nutrient-Enhanced and Alkaline Waters?

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017  |  Posted by Toby Amidor  /  Filed under Healthy Eating, Hot Topics  /  Comments: 0
By Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN. Originally published by US News & World Report  You’d think buying bottled water would be simple. But today, it’s just as confusing as choosing a type and brand of yogurt, bread or frozen food. You can now find electrolyte-enhanced, pH-balanced, nutrient-enhanced and flavored waters lining store shelves. With some of the specialty waters costing a pretty penny, should…

Is It Healthy to Eat the Same Thing Every Day?

Friday, October 13th, 2017  |  Posted by Toby Amidor  /  Filed under Hot Topics, Nutrition & Health, Tips, Weight Loss  /  Comments: more
By Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN. Originally published by US News & World Report  At the same times every day, my grandpa Joe sat down and ate the same three meals and three snacks. He also walked 3 miles daily, in rain or shine, until the day he passed. He lived until 93. Is my grandpa Joe’s longevity attributable, at least in part, to his monotonous diet? From a nutrition standpoint, there are pros and cons to following…

Debunking the Myth: Omega-3s and Bleeding

Monday, October 2nd, 2017  |  Posted by Toby Amidor  /  Filed under Hot Topics, Nutrition & Health  /  Comments: more
  By Toby Amidor, MS, RD This post was sponsored by the Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s (GOED). All thoughts are my own. There is so much misinformation swirling about food and nutrition. As a nutrition professional in the media, one topic that I fearlessly tackle is busting nutrition myths. An interesting myth you may have heard is that taking in too many omega-3 supplements can cause excessive bleeding.…

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