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Organic Produce: The All or Nothing Mentality

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016  |  Posted by Toby Amidor  /  Filed under Hot Topics, Nutrition & Health, Nutrition Basics  /  Comments: 1
By Daniel Preiato, Contributing Blogger Over the past decade, organic food sales in the US have increased from $6 billion in 2000 to $28.4 billion in 2012, with fruits and vegetables accounting for 43% of sales. While the move towards organic food purchasing may seem positive some demographics are unable to afford organic produce. Research has shown that this inability to afford organic produce may cause a decline…

Get Your Daily Dose of Omega-3s- Without a Pill

Thursday, October 13th, 2016  |  Posted by Toby Amidor  /  Filed under Healthy Eating, Hot Topics, Nutrition Basics  /  Comments: 0
  By Jennifer Senecal, M.S. For much of the 90s, “fat” was a dirty word, but today we know better. Fat is a necessary part of the human diet and a part of our cells. The body makes several types of fat, but others, like omega-3 fatty acids, are ‘essential’ because we cannot make them in the body. Instead, we must eat ‘essential’ fats. These powerhouse polyunsaturated fats are major nutrition multitaskers,…

What’s the Difference Between Pasture-Raised and Free-Range Eggs?

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016  |  Posted by Toby Amidor  /  Filed under Farm-to-Table, Food Facts, Food Safety, Hot Topics  /  Comments: 1
Packing pasture-raised eggs By Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN. Originally published by US News & World Report When it comes to eggs, market shelves are filled with terms like “cage-free” and “free-range.” But the term “pasture-raised” is relatively new and many health professionals – not to mention, consumers – confuse the term with others. Even more confusing is the fact…

Food Label: What’s Changed?

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016  |  Posted by Toby Amidor  /  Filed under Healthy Eating, Hot Topics  /  Comments: 1
On the left, the old label. On the right, the updated label By Sheridan Jonas, Contributing Blogger The nutrition facts label is getting a makeover. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has set new requirements that will help consumers better understand the amounts of nutrients found in food products. Here’s what you should know about the changed and when you’ll start seeing them. Cosmetic Changes
The new design…

Should Diet Be Based On Your Genetics?

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016  |  Posted by Toby Amidor  /  Filed under Hot Topics, In the News  /  Comments: more
By Valentine Reed-Johnson, RD, CDN, Contributing Blogger Most of the dietary guidelines have remained relatively unchanged since the 1980’s. The guidelines specifically focus on foods that help keep you healthy and help prevent chronic disease, like heart disease. For years registered dietitians have been teaching and living these guidelines. There is now a change in the way recommendations are made by health…

Hot New Trend: Fermented Foods

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016  |  Posted by Toby Amidor  /  Filed under Food Facts, Hot Topics  /  Comments: 0
By Lexi Orlan, Contributing Blogger If you’ve perused the supermarket aisles, especially specialty markets, you’ve probably come across a variety of fermented foods and beverages. Fermentation is one way to preserve fresh fruits and vegetables in order to capture their goodness anytime of the year. However, there are other pros and cons about fermented foods. What is fermentation?
When fruits and vegetables…

Building the Best Breakfast: New Insights from Research

Monday, March 7th, 2016  |  Posted by Toby Amidor  /  Filed under Hot Topics, Kids, Nutrition & Health  /  Comments: 0
By Catherine Cioffi, RD, Contributing Blogger The importance of having a nutritious breakfast to start the day, especially for kids in elementary school and high school, has been demonstrated time and time again. For example, a recent study found that kids and teens who eat breakfast tend to have lower body fat, body mass index (BMI), and insulin levels, and better metabolic syndrome scores. In another study, kids…

What Does ‘Eating in Moderation’ Really Mean?

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016  |  Posted by Toby Amidor  /  Filed under Healthy Eating, Hot Topics, In the News  /  Comments: 0
By Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN. Originally published by US News & World Report How many times have you heard the phrase “everything in moderation?” But what exactly does “moderation” mean? There is no scientific definition to the term, though nutrition textbooks define a moderate diet as one that “avoids excessive amounts of calories or any particular food or nutrient.”…

How To Minimize Food Waste

Monday, January 25th, 2016  |  Posted by Toby Amidor  /  Filed under Hot Topics  /  Comments: 0


By Valentine Reed-Johnson, RD, CDN, contributing blogger We all do it. Wasting food is easy; what’s harder is putting the time in to prevent waste. According to the United Nations Environment Programme 30 to 40-percent of the food supply in the U.S. is waste, which equals more than 20 pounds of food per person per month. Furthermore, the Food Waste Alliance states that in 2010, it was estimated that 60 million tons of…

Honey and Maple Syrup Verses Granulated Sugar

Monday, September 28th, 2015  |  Posted by Toby Amidor  /  Filed under Healthy Eating, Hot Topics  /  Comments: more
By Alexandra Orlan, Guest Blogger In the effort to eat healthier and still enjoy sweets, many recipes now call for maple syrup or honey as a replacement for granulated sugar. Although you may think these natural forms of sugar are healthier and more beneficial, there is more to this story. Natural Sugars: Honey and Maple Syrup
Both maple syrup and honey contain high amounts of fructose, a single sugar that is sweeter than…

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