Posts in the ‘Nutrient-rich’ Category

A “Nutrient of Concern”: Vitamin D

Guest post by Mary Lamp, BA Exercise Science, Eastern Michigan University dietetics undergraduate The human body needs over 40 nutrients for optimal health. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, five of the 40 (or so) nutrients are “nutrients of concern”—those that are essential to health

Nutrition & Health: Don’t Sweat It

Tyler Oliver, a grad student in Communications at Michigan State University, asked if I would share my thoughts about food and nutrition for her video documentary thesis project. Although I dislike the spotlight—both figuratively and in reality—I wanted to help her out. So, I gathered my thoughts, mustered my courage, and braved the bright lights.

Max Your Muscles for Overall Health

Muscle mass and strength is important for everybody—not just for body-builders or athletic-wear models. To maintain mobility, independence and quality of life as we age, adequate muscle mass and strength is of utmost importance. Strong muscles are also vital for disease prevention: lack of muscle mass may increase risk of type 2 diabetes which can

Sweeteners: What’s In a Name?

When it comes to many things in life, we want it all. The same is true of sweeteners in our food and beverages. According to recent consumer research, many Americans want sweeteners that taste great, are natural and have zero calories. That’s where things get sticky.  A few sweeteners fit the bill, but these sweeteners

Welcome back, salmon

For my mental and physical health, I’ve been trying to get more omega-3 fatty acids in my diet. It’s all about reducing out-of-control inflammation in the body which research suggests may be a risk factor for the development of many chronic diseases and conditions such as heart disease and some types of cancer. According to

In Defense of Perfectly Good Food

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2010   In Defense of Perfectly Good Food   Imagine my dismay when I read the following in a press release from the American Dietetic Association (ADA) touting a study that analyzes the calorie and fat sources in children’s diets: “Half of empty calories came from six foods: soda, fruit drinks, dairy desserts, grain

The Health Halo

MONDAY, JULY 5, 2010   The Health Halo   When I heard about a recent study showing many people perceive organic food to be lower in calories, I was astounded. Of course, there’s no way that organic farming methods could influence the amount of calories in food. Food that’s labeled “organic” has been grown or raised without

Why I Love Chocolate Milk

SUNDAY, APRIL 11, 2010   Why I Love Chocolate Milk   Chocolate milk is taking the heat these days. (Mmmm: hot chocolate!) Some say that chocolate milk is not healthy. Hmmm. Last time I counted, chocolate milk had 9 essential nutrients, just like white milk. Yes, chocolate milk has a little more sugar than white

Snacks in Perspective

SUNDAY, MARCH 21, 2010   Snacks in Perspective   In the past several weeks, there’s been extensive media coverage about kids and snacking including articles in USA Today and The New York Times. The media flurry was prompted by the study, “Trends in Snacking Among U.S. Children,” by Piernas and Popkin out of the University of North Carolina

Super-Nutritious Nuts

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2009   Super-Nutritious Nuts   I have very fond memories of nuts—they’re sprinkled liberally throughout my past. My favorite cake has pecans in the frosting (I requested German Chocolate cake for my birthday every year while growing up). Our special family treat at Christmastime was mixed nuts in the shell (I’m very

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