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Shereen Jegtvig, MS

Nutrition May 2012 Archive

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New York City Mayor Plans to Ban Big Soda

Thursday May 31, 2012
New York City often takes the lead on health and diet issues. They were the first U.S. city to ban trans fats and to require chain restaurants to display the ... Read More

Summer Salads!

Tuesday May 29, 2012
The days are getting warm here in the northern hemisphere and as spring turns into a hot summer, many of us will be wanting cooler foods. A salad with ... Read More

Almond Butter Vs. Peanut Butter

Friday May 25, 2012
A reader wants to know if almond butter is a healthier choice than peanut butter. Both are good for you, unless you have peanut or tree nut allergies, but ... Read More

International Food Information Council Foundation's Survey

Thursday May 24, 2012
Every year, the International Food Information Foundation (IFIC) commissions a survey to see what Americans are thinking (and doing) about nutrition and diet. This year, the survey found that most ... Read More

What Is Carrageenan?

Thursday May 24, 2012
Carrageenan is a food additive extracted from seaweed. It's used to thicken and stabilize whipping cream, ice cream, salad dressings and sauces. A reader asked me if the claim that ... Read More

Carnitine - Diet or Supplement?

Monday May 21, 2012
Your body needs carnitine for energy production, especially in your muscles, but does taking carnitine supplements give you more energy or aid weight loss? Probably not. And you don't really ... Read More

Nutrition Information for Chicken Breasts

Sunday May 20, 2012
Chicken breast meat is low in fat and has lots of protein. It also has zinc, iron and selenium. Chicken (like any type of protein source) is only healthful as ... Read More

Nutrition Information for Sweet Potatoes

Sunday May 20, 2012
Did you know that yams and sweet potatoes are a great source of vitamin A and beta carotene? Sweet potatoes are also a good source of fiber. They have a ... Read More

Foods High in Vitamin C

Friday May 18, 2012
Your body needs vitamin C for wound healing, strong blood vessels, healthy skin and for your immune system to function. Currently, the Institute of Medicine recommends around 75 to 90 ... Read More

Coffee Makes You Live Longer?

Thursday May 17, 2012
Well, I love coffee, so I wish that were true. Authors of a new study published in The New England Journal of Medicine claim to have found a correlation between ... Read More

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' Position on Quick Fix Diets

Wednesday May 16, 2012
Have you heard of the K-E Diet? It's a low-carb diet, but it's extreme. You don't eat anything, you're fed through a tube that goes through your nose down to ... Read More

Types of Bottled Water

Tuesday May 15, 2012
Every day I see people drinking bottled water. That's a good thing I think. Water is calorie-free and you need to stay hydrated. Did you know there are four types ... Read More

Nutrition Information for Broccoli

Monday May 14, 2012
Broccoli is one of those vegetables that most people either love or hate. Except for me. I like broccoli and I eat a lot of it, but I can't say ... Read More

Complaint About NuVal Rating System?

Monday May 14, 2012
Have you heard of the NuVal rating system? It's a system that rates the nutrition value of foods from 1 to 100, with 100 being the top score. It's not ... Read More

Summer Food Safety

Friday May 11, 2012
Don't you just love outdoor barbecues and picnics? Like a big backyard party with friends and family, a romantic picnic for two, or even a fun family outing with ... Read More

Iron-Rich Foods

Thursday May 10, 2012
Iron deficiency is fairly common, especially in women. If you've been told to eat more iron-rich foods (or if you have a disorder called hemochromatosis, to avoid them), you can ... Read More

Just for Fun - Do You Eat Like a Man or a Woman?

Monday May 7, 2012
Research studies suggest that men and women tend to prefer different foods and flavors. I was going to go into details on how men and women eat differently (and if ... Read More

Shopping Tips

Monday May 7, 2012
Grocery shopping can be time-consuming and expensive. I think it's easier if you keep a grocery shopping list so you don't forget some important ingredient or food. And shopping at ... Read More

Older Adults and Dietary Supplements

Thursday May 3, 2012
By and large, dietary supplements are safe to take, but there are a times when you need to be careful. Like when we get older. As we age we're more ... Read More

Nutrition Information for Avocados

Wednesday May 2, 2012
Avocados are awesome. They're rich in healthy fats and they taste really good. They're higher in calories than most other fruits and vegetables, so you may have to watch your ... Read More

May is National Mediterranean Diet Month

Tuesday May 1, 2012
Scientific studies consistently report that the healthy Mediterranean Diet and its lifestyle practices reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. What makes the Mediterranean ... Read More

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