Health's Blog (Page 26)

August 23, 2012 - 11:01am

Depending on where you live, apple season is either just around the corner—or already under way. As a dietitian, I love apples for their super-healthy nutrition profile: one medium apple delivers just 95 calories and 4 grams of fill-you-up fiber. Apples are also packed with disease-fighting antioxidants.

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But because I work at EatingWell Magazine, people often ask me if they should be picking and buying organic apples.

It’s a great question! Here’s my two cents—as reported for EatingWell:

From a nutrition standpoint, the debate over organic produce versus conventional is ongoing....

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August 21, 2012 - 9:18am

With so many factors to consider—health, environmental impact, cost, taste—choosing healthy foods can seem like a mission impossible. Enter the Good Food on a Tight Budget guide from the Environmental Working Group (EWG). This brand new guide, which helps you buy the most budget-friendly, super-healthy eats, comes from the same group that brought us the Dirty Dozen (a compendium of the fruits and vegetables with the most pesticides).

Related: The Dirty Dozen Plus: 14 Foods You Should Buy Organic

To compile this budget guide, which you can find at, the EWG analyzed over 1,000 foods, first ranking them for how nutritious they are and then screening them for cost. Foods that scored high marks were then further...

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August 17, 2012 - 1:21pm

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...

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August 10, 2012 - 9:12am

I had never heard of chia until a couple of years ago when a health-minded friend started crowing about her latest superfood. “It’s loaded with omega-3s; the Aztecs used to grow it,” she told me. Intrigued, I wanted to find out if chia truly did deserve the health hype. Here’s what I learned—as Ana Mantica and Amy Levin-Epstein have both reported on chia for EatingWell Magazine:

Must-Read: 10 Everyday “Superfoods” You Might Already Be Eating

What is chia?
If your first thought is “Chia Pets” you’re kind of right. Edible chia seeds (Salvia hispanica) are a cousin of the seeds (Salvia columbariae) you once used to grow a crop of green hair atop your clay...

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August 9, 2012 - 9:25am

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...

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