Sep
08
What New Food is in Your Food?
By Lisa Andrews Med RD LD

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Food trends come and go. One year, kale is the latest food in the culinary spotlight, being added to smoothies, salads and sold as chips. The next, avocados are America’s sweetheart. While both of these super foods are still in style and highly sought after, a few other ingredients and trends are making their way to your local grocery. Here’s a review of the top 5 latest food trends to look out for.


1. Pea protein- Americans are becoming increasingly concerned about their health and the health of the environment, which is a good thing. As we move away from animal-based products, plant-based proteins remain popular. Pea protein, made from yellow peas, may be found in anything fro...


Aug
17
How to Start a Food or Nutrition Blog
By Anne Danahy MS RDN

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Have you ever considered starting a food or nutrition blog? It’s easier than you might think, and if you commit some time, energy, and a little bit of money, it can pay off in many ways.



Why Start a Food or Nutrition Blog?


A food or nutrition blog gives you a much bigger platform to share your knowledge and inspire people to eat better. Instead of talking to one patient at a time, or a small group of people about one specific topic, a blog can reach thousands of readers a month. There’s something exciting and satisfying in knowing you have readers not just where you live or work, but also all over the world.



Blogging is also a great way to develop and share your knowledge in an a...


Apr
07
COVID-19 and Minority Health
By Lisa Andrews Med RD LD


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With all that’s going on in the world with COVID-19, it’s natural to focus on our own immediate circles of loved ones. Kids are out of school, spouses are working from home or not working at all. Parents or grandparents are isolated and we’re not able to visit them. Fear and anxiety are common right now, and rightfully so. According to the CDC, the US has seen nearly 350,000 cases of COVID-19 and over 10,000 deaths. 1 This pandemic will indeed change the world as we know it. April is Minority Health Month. It’s a perfect time to address an imminent concern for minority populations.


While we are all potentially susceptible to this deadly virus, it’s important ...


Feb
25
Low FODMAP Diet 101
By Anne Danahy MS RDN

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The low FODMAP diet has gained much attention as a way to help manage symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). It can be difficult to navigate at first, but for patients who work with a dietitian to implement it, the results can be life changing. Here’s what you should know about this diet, and how to help your patients get started.



What Are FODMAPs?


FODMAP is an acronym for fermentable oligo-, di-, mono-saccharides and polyols. They’re different types of small chain carbohydrates that in some people, may be poorly absorbed in the small intestine. They draw water into the gut, and they’re rapidly fermented by bacteria in the large intestine. This increases symptoms like ...


Oct
03
Best For Breast
By Lisa Andrews Med RD LD

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October is breast cancer awareness month. Almost everyone knows a friend, co-worker, neighbor, and/or sister that’s been a victim of this preventable, but deadly disease. According to the CDC, breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women next to skin cancer. While more common in women, 22,000 men are diagnosed with breast cancer annually. Approximately 245,000 annual cases of breast cancer are women in the US. 1


The good news is that like other cancers, breast cancer can be prevented. In addition to being better for the planet, a plant-based diet is also beneficial in breast cancer prevention. Studies show that fruit and vegetable consumption, specifically green leafy vegetab...


Jul
15
Glyphosate In The Food Supply: What Consumers Should Know
By Anne Danahy MS RDN

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The herbicide Glyphosate was patented by Monsanto and has been used since 1974. It’s most commonly known as the weed killer Roundup. If you’re getting more questions about its presence in food lately, it’s because it’s been in the news in a big way recently.



Background on Glyphosate


Glyphosate has been most widely used since 1996, when “Roundup-Ready” genetically engineered corn, soybean and cotton crops were approved for planting in the United States. Roundup-ready plants can resist Roundup while the weeds around them die. It’s use has improved crop production for farmers significantly, and since 1996, the use of glyphosate by farmers as increased 15...


Jun
03
Meatless On The Menu
By Lisa Andrews Med RD LD


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It’s June, which means Men’s health month and grilling season! Before you slap those hot dogs, burgers and steaks on the grill, chew on this. Regular consumption of red and processed meat such as brats, sausage and burgers are linked with cardiovascular disease, prostate and colon cancer as well as other cancers of the GI tract. If we’ve just ruined your barbeque, what about trying the new plant-based burgers?


Plant-based burgers such as Beyond Meat (Beyond Burger) and Impossible Burger are gaining popularity as consumers recognize the health and environmental impact of red meat consumption. The original plant-based meat substitute was started by Beyond Meat (a Los Angeles ...