Posts Categorized: Nutrition

About that Halloween Letter

A woman in Fargo, ND, denied candy to certain children yesterday. Instead, she gave them a Halloween letter for their parents. The letter read, in part: “Your child is, in my opinion, moderately obese and should not be consuming sugar and treats to the extent of some children this Halloween season. “My hope is that… Read more »

Vegetarian Month: Got Beans?

Beans, peas and lentils are all legumes–a type of vegetable that are great alternatives to meat. Legumes are high in protein, folate, potassium, iron and magnesium. Since they are also high in fiber (soluble and insoluble), legumes aid digestion and lower cholesterol. Eating legumes at least four times a week reduces the risk for heart… Read more »

Vegetarian Month: Whole Grains Satisfy!

It’s World Vegetarian Month—something we can’t celebrate without talking about the benefits of whole grains. Whole grains are powerhouses of vegetarian nutrition. They offer protein, fiber, B vitamins, vitamin E, antioxidants, and trace minerals like iron, zinc, copper and magnesium. Studies link whole grain consumption with decreased risk for cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity…. Read more »

Vegetarian Month: Add Color and Taste to Your Plate

This is World Vegetarian Month, something everyone can celebrate. A vegetarian diet emphasizes plant-based foods and excludes animal products to different degrees: Lacto-ovo vegetarians avoid meat, poultry and fish. Lacto vegetarians avoid meat, poultry, fish and eggs. Ovo vegetarians avoid animal products except eggs and honey. Vegans avoid all animal products, including honey. Get the… Read more »

FDA Examines Arsenic in Rice

There are about 2.6 to 7.2 micrograms of arsenic in rice products per serving, according to recently released FDA analysis. The agency examined about 1,100 new samples of rice and rice products to understand and manage possible arsenic-related risks associated with the US food supply. While the findings indicates that levels of arsenic in rice… Read more »

IV Vitamin Therapy Is Bogus

So-called “IV vitamin therapy,” one of the latest celebrity health fads, has little scientific evidence to support its use and benefits. For patients with medical conditions that keep them from absorbing vitamins properly during regular digestion, IV (intravenous) vitamin therapy is necessary and life-saving. But for healthy people, the risks outweigh any benefit. IV vitamin… Read more »

Diet Soda Causes Weight Gain?

Drinks like diet soda that are sweetened with sugar substitutes have no calories, but they may still cause weight gain, according to a recent opinion paper published in Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism. This theory might not make sense at first, but consider this: To prepare for intake of sugar and calories, the body releases… posted in: News, Nutrition, Wellness tags:


The Paradox of Vitamin Supplements

People who buy vitamin supplements do so with the best intentions–to make themselves and their families healthier. The irony is, they may be safer without them: Neglect or misconduct by manufacturers and distributors often causes contamination of vitamin supplements. Tainted supplements aren’t only a local problem. Yesterday’s Newsday article about the vast number of vitamin… Read more »

Vitamin Supplements Offer
Potential Risks, Few Benefits

Some Long Island-manufactured vitamin supplements are contaminated with anabolic steroids, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The recent discovery poses important questions: How beneficial are vitamin supplements? What are the potential risks from consuming them? In the past, the FDA has found ingredients like lead, mercury and prescription medicine as contaminants in… posted in: News, Nutrition, Wellness tags: