Food & Nutrition

Lifestyle and Health

Every day people choose how they live. The foods they eat, if they exercise or not. The link between lifestyle and health is addressed so often, at times people dismiss this until it affects them personally. Research tells us that living a healthy lifestyle can significantly reduce our likelihood of developing …

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A Healthy Thanksgiving: Avoiding Holiday Foodborne Illnesses

It’s that time of year. Yes, food and fellowship are plentiful! Spending time around the dinner table and sharing a meal with those we cherish is such a treat. Don’t be careless, take the appropriate measures to ensure the meals you prepare follow food safety guidelines. The USDA advises following safe food preparation …

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Holiday Leftovers 101

Many families prepare a turkey (or chicken) each Thanksgiving, yet fail to plan to utilize the leftovers. Planning appropriately can help you extend your food dollar, decrease some cooking time, and decrease the stress of feeding those guests.  Adding an extra pound or two when purchasing your bird can make such a difference. …

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The ‘5 Second Rule’ Has Fallen

The long touted ‘5 Second Rule’ that has long been the belief of the food world has fallen. Eating foods off the floor is not safe no matter how quickly it is picked up.

Donald Schaffer, a Rutger’s University Extension Specialist, states, “the popular notion of the ‘five-second rule’ is that …

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95210, Numbers Kids Need To Live By

School has started, and for many it can be quite the challenge to jump back into the school routine! 95210 is a great reminder to guide parents and help promote positive health for children.

9 hours of sleep each night is a minimum number for kids,

5 servings of fruits and vegetables to …

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Fruit vs Refined Sugar

Do you avoid fruit due to your concern about the sugar content? Sadly, many people do not actually realize that processed sugar and natural sugars found in fruit are far from being the same.Sugars contained in fresh fruits, referred to as fructose, are naturally occurring and the  Additionally, fruits have other benefits including …

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Today’s Poor Food Choices Are Historical!

 

A recent article about our ‘love affair’ with food took a unique historical approach. Cornell University’s Andrew Weislogel, PhD.  And Brian Wansink, PhD. explored early European American Art and analyzed the food products depicted in 16th century paintings. The results revealed “our love affair with visually appealing, decadent, or status foods” and …

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Dietary Fiber…why is it important?

People generally think of increasing their fiber intake when they want to lose weight or alleviate constipation. Actually, adequate intake of dietary fiber is important for other reasons such lowering the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and healthy weight management.

Fiber is plant based and is the portion of the plant that tends …

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National Fruit & Vegetable Month!

June is National Fruit & Vegetable Month! Are you ready for fresh summer produce? Here is a refresher on how to choose and store your fresh fruits and vegetables. Make the most of your fruits and vegetables by keeping them healthy from harvest to table.

 

Many people cannot wait until the fresh squash, peas, …

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Is It A Food or Is It A Supplement?

There are differences between food products and dietary supplements. Our foods are governed closely by the FDA and require specific labeling, titled ‘Nutritional Facts,’ that are specific and apply to true food products and contain the benefits to the daily dietary intake. Dietary supplements labels are titled ‘Supplement Facts’ and …

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