Health's Blog (Page 28)

August 31, 2012 - 11:27am

People often look to me, as a registered dietitian, for my seal of approval as they douse yogurt with agave or flood their coffee with turbinado sugar because “it’s natural.” But you won’t find me giving a nutrition green light to use copious amounts of sugar, regardless of where it comes from. (How much sugar should you be eating? Find out here.) Whether you choose maple syrup, honey or molasses is still predominately a choice based on taste preferences rather than nutrition. However, in small amounts sugar and other sweeteners are OK. These days, with so many different sweeteners available at the grocery store, it can be tough to decide which one to buy. Some claim to be healthy, but are they really? We compared 12...

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August 27, 2012 - 3:00pm
By Nicci Micco in EatingWell Blogs

Food doesn’t have to come in shelf-stable packages to be convenient. And in the next few weeks, we’re going to continue to transform you into a fresh-food aficionado. Soon enough, you’ll be planning meals—and foraging snacks—from the healthy ingredients stashed in your fridge. It’s that simple. We’re taking it in steps, offering up a new focus each week. Last week, we encouraged you to Visit a Farm or Farmers’ Market; the week before, we helped you Stock Your Fridge with Fresh Foods.

This Week’s Focus: Clean Out/Refresh Your Fridge

A clean fridge is important for good health and healthy meals. And...

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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.

Don’t Miss: How Apples Can Make You Skinnier & More Health Benefits of Apples

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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