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What is Vitamin D? Vitamin D is called a fat-soluble vitamin however, is actually a hormone that can be synthesized by the body when exposed to sunlight and consumed in the diet.  In addition, the presence of Vitamin D is required for calcium absorption. Why is Vitamin D so Important? Recent...

Basic Principles The basic principles of appetite awareness are simple. First, take charge of your eating decisions so that you are not as vulnerable to environmental signals/triggers (Ex: co-worker left hot Krispy Kreme donuts on in the break room – substitute with your weakness) to eat...

Carbohydrates are one of the main sources of energy for the body and the preferred source of energy for the brain. There are three types of carbohydrates: sugars, starches and fiber. Starches and fiber are formed due to sugars being combined into more complex structures....

The belief has been held for years that milk causes mucus formation, although the few studies on this topic have failed to demonstrate any effect of milk on mucus production. Many people confuse the temporary, slight thickening of saliva after drinking milk with mucus. There is no scientific research showing that...

This is a common question. The good news is eating healthier is not complicated or expensive! Below are 5 high level guidelines with more details to follow. #1 Follow a healthy eating pattern across the lifespan. All food and beverage choices matter. Choose a healthy eating pattern at an...

Many people drink almond milk (including rice milk) as a dairy replacement/alternative to cow’s milk. Other than being fortified with calcium, almond milk is nutrient poor and only offer 1 gram of protein. The truth of the matter is almond and rice milks are really ‘watery juices’...

Carbohydrates are one of the main sources of energy for the body and the preferred source of energy for the brain. There are three types of carbohydrates: sugars, starches and fiber. Grains are just one of the main sources of starches. Examples of Starches All grains are starchy,...

"Put Your Best Fork Forward" is the theme for NNM 2017 which serves as a reminder that each one of us holds the tool to make healthier food choices. Making small changes during National Nutrition Month® and over time, helps improve health now and into...

Pear season is late fall into winter season.  As a fresh fruit, pears are often overlooked or saved for the special occasion tart or spot on the cheese platter.  Pears have nutritious benefits that deserve to shine in the same manner as oranges and apples. How...

Pear season is late fall into winter season.  As a fresh fruit, pears are often overlooked or saved for the special occasion tart or spot on the cheese platter.  Pears have nutritious benefits that deserve to shine in the same manner as oranges and apples. Nutrition...