Popular Food Myths




Check out this informative video addressing many “old-wives’ tales” surrounding food.

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Registered Dietitians, Carissa Bealert and Tara Gidus appear on the nationally televised show Emotional Mojo to discuss 3 common food myths including whether or not bread and fruit juice should be in your diet? You are what you eat, so eat smart!

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New Studies Examine Health Effects of Diets Containing HFCS & Sucrose

Two new studies offer support to the “sugar is okay in moderation” advice. This new research looked at sugars’ effect on weight management and lipid profiles. The two sugars investigated were high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and sucrose (table sugar).
HFCS and sucrose (table sugar) are sugars commonly found in the American diet. They are nutritionally and metabolically identical. Both sugars are roughly half fructose and half glucose. These new studies show that HFCS and sucrose (table sugar) effect the human body the same.
Study #1: Equivalent Weight Loss with Sucrose or High Fructose Corn Syrup as Part of a Reduced Calorie Diet by Kawiecki, Lowndes, Yu, Pardo, Angelopoulos, Rippe.
This study showed that you CAN include a moderate amount of sugar in your day and still lose weig...
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Tryptophan-rich Foods for Better Sleep

Tryptophan-rich Foods for Better Sleep


Having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep?

Try adding a tryptophan-rich food/beverage to your bedtime snack. Tryptophan is an amino acid and it is the precursor to serotonin. Adequate serotonin encourages healthy restorative sleep.

Your tryptophan-rich snack must also include carbohydrate. Carbohydrate helps the tryptophan enter the brain.

The tryptophan-rich foods that I recommend are:

  • egg white
  • soy (in all forms)
  • pumpkin seeds
  • sunflower seeds
  • chicken or turkey

Try half of a chicken sandwich with soy milk. Or a soy fruit smoothie (milk or tofu) with a snack of sunflower or pumpkin seeds. Or a turkey wrap with sunflower seeds. Or scrambled egg whites and half a banana.

Sweet dreams!

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Broaden Your Lettuce Horizons


All lettuces are not created equal, so when it comes to salad, make sure you are getting the most nutrition from your greens.


As a rule, the more colorful the leaf, the higher the concentration of nutrients.


While all lettuce is a source of potassium, folate and antioxidants, the greener the better.


Spinach, mesclun greens, arugula and red or green leaf are great picks.

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Is Flavored Milk Better Than No Milk?

Many parents question if they should choose flavored milk for their children. But what if their kids do not like the taste of plain white milk? Is no milk better than flavored milk?

Flavored milk is also a hot topic in the school system. Some American schools have removed flavored milk all together.

Here is an interesting video from CNN that discusses the benefits of flavored milk.

Low-fat or fat-free flavored milk is a very nutrient dense beverage. Milk is an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin D, calcium, and potassium. (Nutrients that kids need.) Keeping flavored milk on the menu is keeping kids healthy!

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