by Sara Reistad-Long in Food News, April 10, 2014
by Toby Amidor in Healthy Tips, October 17, 2011
In this week’s news: Bean buffs have reason to rejoice; “plant-based protein” shapes up to be the other white meat; and vitamin D is back in the spotlight (make that the sunlight).
Bring On the Three-Bean Salad
Just one serving a day of beans, peas, chickpeas or lentils appears to reduce “bad” cholesterol, a review of 26 controlled studies has found. According to the lead researcher, a single ¾ cup of these foods may lower LDL cholesterol by five percent, which can translate roughly to a five or six percent reduction in heart disease risk. Two factors may influence this. First, the foods have a low glycemic index, meaning that they keep blood sugar levels even (and eaters sated) by breaking down and getting absorbed into the body at a slow and steady rate. Second, they also appear to help rid our systems of the bad fats we ingest. The catch? We currently eat less than half a serving a day.
by Toby Amidor in Food Safety, May 13, 2010
- Do vegetarians get the nutrients they need?
The term “vegetarian” can pretty broad and can mean different things to different people. We’ll walk through the basic types and fill you in on which nutrients those with a meat-free diet need to pay special attention to.
There are different types of vegetarians depending on what someone chooses to include in their diet. But all vegetarians include plant foods from the following categories:
- Grains such as rice, wheat, oats, and millet
- Legumes which include beans, peas, lentils
- Seeds like sesame and sunflower
by Dana Angelo White in Ask the Experts, Healthy Tips, May 11, 2010
Ever wondered why milk is “homogenized” and “pasteurized” and why the heck vitamin D is added? We’ll iron out these terms and explain why they’re on your milk container.
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by Toby Amidor in Food News, August 7, 2009
- 3-ounces cooked salmon = 795 IU (199%) of Vitamin D
All kinds of news reports are popping up saying we’re a vitamin-D deficient nation. Is this true? If so, what does it mean and what can we do about it?
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by Dana Angelo White in Healthy Tips, July 30, 2009
From this week’s nutrition headlines: Millions of kids seriously lack vitamin D, specialty drinks are the newest fast-food trend and Japanese women are guzzling collagen in hopes of staying young. Weird, right?
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by Dana Angelo White in Food News, Nutrients to Know, January 23, 2009
Let’s face it — most of us could do more for our bones. An estimated 44 million Americans are at risk for, or have, osteoporosis, a disease where bones become increasingly fragile and sometimes fracture. Though women are 4 times more likely to suffer from osteoporosis, men are affected as well. Exercise and some medications can help, but what you eat plays a vital role. Whether you’re worried or not, you can’t go wrong incorporating more of these foods into your daily routine.
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You may be up to speed on vitamin C and even know a bit about the various B vitamins, but what about vitamin D? Well, some are calling it the “super supplement.” Here is what you need to know.
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