You may have heard of intermittent fasting, which essentially is starvation done in a strategic manner. People who follow this practice take periodic breaks from eating, for up to 24 hours, once or twice a week. This popular diet touts intermittent fasting as an effective way to lose weight and to improve health. But is … Continue reading The Science Behind Intermittent Fasting
Americans spend billions of dollars on vitamins and dietary supplements annually, but are they good for you? The Dietary Guidelines for Americans states that your nutrition needs should be met primarily through a well-balanced diet. Some people, however, may need to take a supplement in order to get nutrients they may otherwise lack if they … Continue reading Should I be taking a Dietary Supplement?
January 19th is National Popcorn Day! Did you know that Americans consume 13 billion quarts of popcorn annually? Packed with whole grains, fiber and antioxidants, this delicious treat can also be healthy and low in calories. Plain, natural popcorn is full of health benefits, but be careful of added butter and sugar. A large sized … Continue reading National Popcorn Day
For years, fats have gotten a bad rap, but fats are essential for your health. Fat is a concentrated source of energy and helps your body to absorb some vitamins and minerals. They help to build cell membranes and are necessary for blood clotting and muscle movement. Some fats are better than others, so it’s … Continue reading Dietary Fats 101
During the month of January, many of us are working on keeping the extra pounds off. You may have gained a bit of weight after the overindulgence of the holidays, and it can be challenging to get back to a healthy routine. Shorter days and cooler temperatures tend to make us more likely to eat … Continue reading Maintaining a Healthy Weight During the Winter Months
Are you going on a diet as part of your New Year’s Resolution? You may want to try the Mediterranean diet. A panel of nutrition experts through the U.S. News & World Report recently rated the Mediterranean diet as Number One in its “Best Overall Diet Category,” tied with the DASH Diet. Unlike fad diets, … Continue reading Mediterranean Diet named “Best Overall Diet”