All things coconut seem to be über popular these days. (A few weeks ago I wrote about coconut water: is it worth the splurge?) To that end, more and more I’m hearing about replacing butter with coconut oil—because it’s (allegedly) healthier. The skeptical dietitian in me balked at the notion, but then I thought I ought to investigate. Here’s what I found.
Nutrition breakdown (per 1 tablespoon)
•Coconut oil: 117 calories, 14 grams total fat, 12 grams saturated fat
•Unsalted butter: 102 calories, 12 grams total fat, 7 grams saturated fat
Based on the numbers, butter seems to be the better choice: it’s lower in calories, total fat and saturated fat. Plus, the percentage of fat from...read full post »
It’s that time of year when many of us start thinking about back to school. And, as a nutrition editor and registered dietitian, that means lunch (and maybe even breakfast or snack). “What should I be packing for meals for my kid while they’re at school?” is a question I hear often.
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Here are a few suggestions to help you fuel your kiddo’s young brain and body.
For breakfast: oatmeal. Reams of studies show that fueling the brain with breakfast is important for thinking, acting and learning. And children who are undernourished perform poorly on cognitive tasks. But not just any breakfast will do: research shows that fueling your...read full post »
If you’re juicing to slim down—a trend that is now back in vogue—lacking scientific evidence suggests that you should think twice. (Find out how many calories you should be eating daily.)
It is true that if your juicy diet delivers fewer calories than you need, you’ll lose weight, but you may not sustain it. Losing weight isn’t necessarily about depriving yourself of everything you love—it’s about eating fewer calories than you’re burning.
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Here’s another reason to think twice about juicing to lose weight: research shows that drinking your...read full post »
In recent years there has been an explosion of coconut water products available at grocery and convenience stores. If you’ve tasted it, you know that it’s pretty refreshing—even the plain, unflavored coconut waters (or so I think).
And because staying hydrated can make or break your workout performance, it’s not surprising that many athletes and weekend warriors are looking for an extra edge when it comes to their beverage of choice.
But should you be reaching for coconut water, instead of just water? Is it any better—is it worth the splurge?
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This summer, don’t let the smoke from the backyard grill cloud your good judgment when considering health advice from friends and family. When it comes to health and natural remedies it’s enticing to grab onto juicy half-truths and hearsay. Don’t get me wrong—as with any good story, a nutrition myth can offer a valuable lesson. The most persistent nutrition myths are those that contain at least some truth. Here are 5 common summer health myths to watch out for—as reported in EatingWell Magazine:
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1. Always wear sunblock. Thanks to our obsession with sunscreen—as well as a short list of vitamin-D-rich foods...read full post »