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A new study, published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, looked at how much consumers actually pay attention to Nutrition Facts labels on food products.
When the study participants were asked about their label-reading habits, many said they read the nutrition facts: for example, 33 percent reported “almost always” reading the calorie content. (The number of people who reported reading other components of the label, such as fat and sugar content, was lower.) But when the researchers put the study participants to the test with an eye-tracking device, those who truly read the Nutrition Facts label was much lower (only 9% looked at calorie counts, for example)—and even when consumers did examine the nutrition information, very few assessed every component of the label.
As a dietitian and nutrition...read full post »
Breakfast is important—it fuels your morning and may help keep your hunger in check so you don’t overdo it at lunch. Although making breakfast at home is ideal—you have more control over the ingredients and can make sure you have a healthy, balanced meal—there are times when you need or want to pick up breakfast on the go.
Don’t Miss: 3 Essential Ingredients of a Healthy Breakfast
Many popular fast-food restaurants now offer breakfast sandwiches, which spurred me to look into the healthiest (and least healthy) options.
The bottom line: It’s possible to make a smart choice at any of these fast-food restaurants. For the healthiest choice (lowest in calories,...read full post »
I have never had a garden. I have often wanted to grow things, but for the past several years I’ve lived in small urban spaces with little to no outdoor space. So I started researching ways to grow food in your kitchen. Turns out there are some foods that you can grow with little outdoor space. Now I have no more excuses not to grow some of my own food! Here are some easy ways to get started:
Must Read: 13 Easy-to-Grow Vegetables and Herbs
If you’re eager to get some fresh greens on your plate, try growing microgreens. Microgreens are the first tender shoots of plants like collard greens, beet greens and mustard greens. As Melissa Pasanen wrote in EatingWell Magazine,...
I went to two dinner parties recently and guess what was served at both? Salmon. It made me wonder: is salmon the new steak? If so, great! I LOVE this fish and am perfectly fine with that. My doctor probably is, too: the new U.S. Dietary Guidelines recommend Americans eat two servings of fish a week. There are so many different types of salmon, which is loaded with heart-healthy, brain-boosting omega-3 fats, and ways to serve them that it would be hard for me to get bored with this fish.
Recipes to Try: Easy Salmon Cakes and More Delicious Salmon Recipes
But that said, there are certain types of salmon that I try to stay away from and certain questions I always ask before I buy. Here are 7 tips to help you buy the best salmon, which I reported on...read full post »
When the USDA came out with its Dietary Guidelines last year, it also published information on the so-called “shortfall nutrients” that Americans are not getting enough of. Are you getting enough of these four important nutrients? Here’s what they are and how to make sure you’re getting enough of them in your diet.
Must-Read: 6 Easy Ways to Meet the Dietary Guidelines
Why You Need It: Fiber might sound dry and boring, but it’s oh-so-important for your health. Eating enough fiber can help prevent type 2 diabetes, certain types of cancer and heart disease. Research also suggests that consuming fiber-rich foods might boost weight loss by...