Posts in the ‘Nutrition’ 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

Drink Water to De-Stress

My husband and I spent three hours kayaking the Grand River yesterday. We paddled against the current for two hours; then floated back downstream. It was quite relaxing. Being on the water—but in this case, thankfully not in the water—got me thinking about water’s stress relieving properties. What is it about water that’s so relaxing? Is

Absolving the “Dirty Dozen”

Have you stopped buying certain fruits or vegetables due to concerns about pesticides? According to the Alliance for Food and Farming: • 60% of consumers are very concerned about pesticide residues on fruits and vegetables • 17% have stopped purchasing particular produce or are purchasing less because of these concerns However, the Alliance for Food

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

Fresh is often best but processed can be practical

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2011   Fresh is often best but processed can be practical   Food Day—a day devoted to promoting healthy, affordable food produced in a sustainable, humane way—took place on October 24. I don’t know if the public took notice, but many nutrition professionals took offense. That’s because Food Day promoters wish to

Nip Picky Eaters in the Bud

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2011   Nip Picky Eaters in the Bud   Moms can be healthy role models for their children—before birth. Research published in the journal Pediatrics indicates that what a mom eats and drinks while pregnant and/or breast feeding may influence their baby’s taste preferences. The article and audio story about this research, “Baby’s Palate and Food Memories

The Future of Food

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2010 The Future of Food In The Wellness Writer blog, I’ve written about being an adventurous eater: trying new foods for the fun of it and for the health of it (Eating Adventurously, Eating Adventurously Part 2 and Therapy for Timid Tasters). Eating a variety of foods increases the chances of getting adequate amounts of

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