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Making Sense Out of Sugars

Sugar- Free? Are You Sure about That? Cruising the internet the other day, I ran across a recipe for “Sugar-Free Apple Pie Filling.” I was instantly suspicious.  The recipe’s ingredients listed no white sugar, but did include a can of 100% pure unsweetened apple juice concentrate.  Apple juice is naturally loaded with sugar.  So, the […]

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Every Day Use of Crystalline Fructose

Fructose occurs naturally in various types of foods but it’s commonly referred to as the “fruit sugar” because it’s found in a lot of fruits and vegetables. You can also find fructose in crystalline form, which is derived primarily from cornstarch but looks like table sugar and is 1.2 times sweeter. When used in recipes, […]

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Fructose is Not the Enemy

Do you cringe when you hear the word fructose? Fructose has received a bad reputation recently due to media and its association with the term “high fructose corn syrup”. Fructose is blamed for obesity, diabetes and other health concerns, but does fructose really cause these problems? While it is easy to blame one food ingredient […]

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Making Sense of Sugar

The three main types of carbohydrate in food are starches (also known as complex carbohydrates), sugars, and fiber. As one of the three types of carbohydrates, sugars are in many of the foods and beverages we consume every day. But over the past decade sugars have become a hot-button issue. It seems like every time […]

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Time to Batter Up!

Flapjacks, griddle cakes, hot cakes, or pancakes.  Whatever you call them, they’re the ultimate fun food, conjuring up sweet memories of family togetherness on lazy weekend mornings. Pancakes tend to be pretty darn good even when they’re just average, but here are simple steps to make your cakes more fluffy, tender, flavorful — and nutritious: […]

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Getting into the Back to School Groove

School is back in session and this means there’s more on your to-do list, right? The beginning of the school year lends itself to more structured meal schedules, so take advantage of the new routine and enjoy healthy meals and snacks. While you work to keep the children on track, don’t forget about yourself. Who […]

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Summer Picnics

I don’t know about you, but I love being outdoors in the summertime. I especially love al fresco dining. Whether you are planning a backyard barbecue, a deck party, or packing a picnic to go, I encourage you to plan a festive spread that encompasses the basic food groups as well as a dessert or […]

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Carbohydrates: Diet Essentials

Carbohydrates, like fats and proteins, are considered macronutrients. These “large scale” nutrients provide nourishment essential for growth and the maintenance of life.  Ideally, 45 to 65 percent of your daily intake should come from carbohydrates, 20 to 35 percent of your daily intake should come from fats, and 10 to 35 percent of your daily […]

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Respect the Fruit: Three Important Reasons to Plan More Fruit in Your Diet

As a registered dietitian and nutrition educator, I find that fruit often doesn’t get the nutritional respect it deserves.  Maybe that’s because fruit is called “Nature’s Candy” or because it’s found in many calorie-laden desserts like Strawberry Shortcake, Apple Pie, or Banana Pudding. But, fattening desserts are only part of fruit’s resume.  Consuming fruit has […]

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Spring Into Action with Food Facts

Spring has finally arrived (when you live in the Northeast, I can’t emphasize the word “finally” enough). This is a great time of the year to add more physical activities to your week and look for lighter meals and healthy snacks. I’m always reminded that people get mixed messages when it comes to healthy foods […]

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Exercising Without Overeating

The time for New Year’s resolutions is drawing near and you may be considering starting a workout routine. Good choice. Regular exercise has a host of benefits including better cardiovascular health, lowered blood glucose levels, mood elevation, and improved muscle strength and endurance. Some say that exercise also helps curb your appetite.  Really?  Not in […]

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Back to School with a Healthy Lunch!

Does your morning groove feel like a grind? Even though you are somewhat adjusted to the new school year’s morning schedule, you may already be dreading the lunchbox-packing. Here are some lunch box tips to keep your family healthy this school year: Count 4 food groups when you plan and pack. Include a protein, a […]

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7 Tips for Balanced Summertime Picnics & BBQs

Here in the northeast it’s been raining…a lot. We’re hoping for more outdoor picnic weather soon, but in the meantime I can make sure the picnics you’re planning are a success with these important tips. When planning picnics, you want to serve food that’s delicious, healthy and safe for everyone. Consider these picnic planning tips the next time you […]

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The Low Down on the DASH Diet

You may be hearing a lot of buzz about the DASH Diet. Voted #1 by U.S. News and World Report for the sixth in a row. DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, and is based on a clinical trial (research study) of the same name. This diet focuses on fruits and vegetables, whole […]

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Spring into Lighter Eating

If you live in the Northeast you may not be feeling “spring” yet, but it’s here. As the days get longer and warmer, there will be more opportunity to be more physically active, so it’s a great time of year to give your diet a tune-up and spring into lighter eating. Since there seems to […]

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