Healthcare

Managing Your Child’s Sweet Tooth

“Olivia loves sugar so much that if she had her way, she would live off of gummy bears and popsicles,” her frustrated mother said. “You’re a dietitian – tell me – is that normal?” Normal? Yes.  Challenging?  Absolutely! Concerned parents may believe their children are the only ones who seem to have been born with […]

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Another Perspective on Added Sugars

Consuming Modest Amounts May Improve Overall Dietary Quality As a Registered Dietitian, I approach designing an individualized eating plan or group menu with an eye on science-based nutrition as well as an eye towards acceptance.  After all, if people don’t like their food and it ends up in the trash, it doesn’t matter how fabulously […]

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The Facts on Fructose

As healthcare professionals, we’ve heard our patients’ concerns regarding sugars.  In particular, one type of sugar is often demonized – fructose – especially when it’s partnered with the words, high fructose corn syrup.  Fructose has been blamed for obesity, diabetes, insulin resistance and high triglycerides, but it’s important to know the facts about fructose before […]

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Sorting Out the Science on Sugars

Sugar has received a large share of media coverage over the past decade. Accused of being toxic, addictive and the cause of obesity, it makes our job as health professionals even more challenging when trying to separate fallacies from facts. Of course, we know that sugar, and more specifically glucose, is the body’s primary energy […]

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Carb Diet Trends

In 1984, Time magazine famously featured a sad face made of fried eggs and bacon on its cover. According to experts quoted in the article, fat was the macronutrient villain, squarely blocking the gate to lower BMIs and better cardiovascular health.  Thirty years later, Time again tackled the subject of dietary fat, this time showing […]

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Sports Drinks: Fuel for Athletes

No matter what sort of nutrition advice you offer your patients, it’s important to first inquire about their diet and lifestyle. A healthy diet is balanced with physical activity, and includes the basics of choosing lots of vegetables, fruit, quality protein, whole grains, and healthy fats, while limiting sodium, sugar and alcohol. However when using […]

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Carbohydrates: Macronutrient

For years, carbohydrates have taken blame for obesity. Americans nutritional perceptions have been influenced by low-carbohydrate fad diets for decades dating back to the “meat diet” beginning in the 1940s. Other more modern reduced carbohydrate diets include Atkin’s, stoneage and Paleolithic, “Zone” and “South Beach.”  The popularity of these diets encourages Americans to fear carbohydrates. […]

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The Role of Carbs in the Diet

The International Food Information Council (IFIC) foundation recently published findings from an online food and health survey conducted between 2012 and 2015. While there continues to be a disconnect between weight status and perceived health by many Americans, the participants report behaviors consistent with widely disseminated nutrition advice including trying to limit or avoid added […]

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