Perhaps the most significant change to the Nutrition Facts is the addition (pun intended) of Added Sugars. As a dietitian, I've been waiting for this for a long time. Sugar has become our #1 dietary villain, and many of my patients are scared of it in all forms. The research is clear, however, that sugar that comes from fruits and milk (fructose and lactose) are not harmful to our health, and that the focus instead should be on reducing the amount of "added sugar" in our d
Let's continue to deconstruct the updated Nutrition Facts label today as we take on calories, fat, and cholesterol. Just a quick reminder of what the old label looked like (on the left) and what the new label looks like (on the right). Calories: The number of calories per serving will now appear in larger, bold type. Remember, this is calories in each serving--if you eat more (or less) than on serving, these numbers will change. The good news, as I mentioned in yesterday'
One question I get asked frequently is "what is the most important thing that I should look at on the food label?" In my experience, it's different for everyone. If you have diabetes, you'll likely want to pay close attention to Total Carbohydrate amounts; if you have high blood pressure, it might be Sodium that catches your eye. If you are managing your weight, Calories are still king. While each person might look to the Nutrition Facts label for different information, l
For many of us, it's not the turkey on Thanksgiving that we love so much, it's the leftovers! Here are some guidelines on how to use those leftovers in new ways, and how to keep food safety in mind. Do: Be creative and healthy!
Leftover turkey is great in soups, wraps, and salads. Spread cranberry sauce on a whole wheat tortilla, add sliced turkey breast, greens, and toasted pecans. Use your leftover cranberries to make a smoothie by combining them with frozen yogurt and
U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week (November 12th-19th) is an annual one-week observance that gives participating organizations an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of appropriate antibiotic use to combat the threat of antibiotic resistance. The CDC encourages everyone to review the facts about antibiotics. Antibiotics save lives. When a patient needs antibiotics, the benefits outweigh the risks of side effects and antibiotic resistance. Antibiotics aren’t always t
November 13th is World Kindness Day. In a world where kindness feels a bit scarce, it is up to all of us to do the little things that make the day brighter. Here are some suggestions for kids and adults! #kindness #HealthyHabitsLoCo
If you want to start a heated debate at Thanksgiving dinner, bring up "butter versus margarine." You'll be sure to hear some passionate opinions! For many, it's a matter of taste preference, but others worry about the health effects of the stuff in the tub. What are the misconceptions about margarine? Let's start with my favorite. Myth: Margarine is one molecule away from plastic Fact: Carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen make up many compounds, including fats, and many have simil
I just returned from a conference in Seattle, the home to more coffee shops than you can count (including one that you might be familiar with). It got me to thinking about a myth that I hear frequently. Maybe you've heard it too. Does caffeine really lead to dehydration? Q: When did this myth get started? A: The caffeine and dehydration concern appears to have roots in a study from 1928, which found that people who drank caffeinated beverages urinated more often. This
November is American Diabetes Month. About 30 million adults have diabetes, but only approximately 7 million have been diagnosed with the condition. 1.5 million new adults are diagnosed each year, and 84 million people have prediabetes, which significantly increases the risk of diabetes in the future. There are a lot of myths about diabetes and its treatment, however. Let's take on some of the most common in today's Healthy Habits blog! Myth: Diabetes is caused by overeat