Feb
11
The Heart of the Matter
By Lisa Andrews Med RD LD

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It’s February and Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. But before you surprise your sweetheart with a sweetheart filled with beautiful chocolates, let’s take a look at the latest in diet and heart disease. For chocolate’s sake, why not start with sugar?

For years, scientists blamed dietary fat on the risk for heart disease, but perhaps it’s what’s combined with fat that may be at the heart of the problem. A recent study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that a diet filled with sugar may raise your risk for heart disease, regardless of weight gain. 1

The US Dietary Guidelines advise us to consume no more than 10% of calories from added suga...


Jan
07
New Year's Diet Questions
By Lisa Andrews Med RD LD

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It’s inevitable in the nutrition field. The second someone hears you work as an RD or DTR, the questions start coming. You may be cornered on a flight or at a family gathering. Questions like, “What do you think of the keto diet?”, or “I’m starting a new cleanse after the holidays- which is the best?”, can send most nutrition professionals over the edge. As dietitians and DTRs, we want our clients to have sustainable results, not a flash in the pan fad diet that may lead to weight gain, nutrient deficiencies or eating disorders. Here’s how a few seasoned RDs and DTRs handle these types of quirky New Year’s queries.


Dr. Young, PhD, RD, author of...


Nov
18
Why Gut Health is an Important Part of Diabetes Management
By Anne Danahy MS RDN

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The digestive tract is home to trillions of microorganisms. Collectively known as the microbiome, these “bugs” that live in everyone’s gut influence a surprising number of daily operations in the human body.



Research is still in its infancy, but animal and human studies point to the microbiome as being a mini ecosystem that interacts with cells, organs, and systems throughout the body. In doing so, it modulates the risk of a wide range of diseases. It’s not surprising that gastrointestinal diseases are influenced by the microbiome, but researchers are also looking at its role in autism spectrum disorder, mood disorders, and metabolic diseases including obesity and di...


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...


Aug
01
Probiotics: Should You Take One?
By Lisa Andrews Med RD LD

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You can’t go anywhere (a party, your gym, the grocery store or work site) without hearing someone talking about their gut health. Whether they’re complaining about IBS or experiencing traveler’s constipation, people have certainly become more comfortable talking about their gastrointestinal issues. Along with that discussion typically comes the topic of probiotic supplements. Some people swear by them, whiles other are not so sure. Are they worth the money?


Probiotics are strains of live bacteria and yeasts that have health benefits. Our guts house millions and millions of bacteria known as the microbiome. The majority of our microbiome is in our large intestine and everyon...


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 ...