DHA has been receiving attention recently due to more and more research being done on its benefits. DHA is a long-chain omega-3 fatty acid found throughout the body, especially in the brain and eyes. It is present naturally in specific fatty fish such as salmon, trout, mackerel, sardines and tuna, as well as algal oil, organ meats and breast milk. DHA is important for proper brain and eye … [Read more...] about What is Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA)?
1. We need fat in our diet: 30% of our calories should come from fat. A fat free diet is not a healthy one; our body needs essential fatty acids that it cannot synthesize so the only way to get them is from food 2. Fat free or reduced fat foods may not be the best option: Foods that have been altered to change the fat and therefore the calorie content can have an altered taste—it also may take … [Read more...] about 5 Things You Should Know About Fats
Your daily diet has the ability to supply you with everything from essential nutrients to compounds that can help prevent disease. Below is just a small sampling of foods from all of the different food groups you may want to consider adding to your diet—enjoy! 1. Almonds: A good source of potassium, vitamin E, riboflavin, magnesium and zinc; low in saturated fat and high in unsaturated fat 2. … [Read more...] about Food for Thought: 10 Foods to Consider Adding to Your Diet
First we had saccharin. Then came aspartame. Soon after followed sucralose. Now we have stevia to add to the mix. This past December, the Food and Drug Administration agreed that stevia is safe to add to food and drinks. Marketed as Purevia, Truvia, and Sweetleaf, stevia was actually discovered centuries ago. It is manufactured by removing glycosides, or sweetening agents, from the leaves of the … [Read more...] about Stevia: The New Substitute on the Block
Over the past few months I have started to read more literature and be asked more questions about this potent berry--so I thought my readers might want to learn more about it. The acai berry is a dark purple fruit that has a large pit or seed. It is harvested in the Amazon Rainforests of South America. The acai berry, like most berries, is an antioxidant; its antioxidant benefits come from the … [Read more...] about What is an Acai Berry?
If you pay close attention to the media you would see a whole lot of mixed messages about what our children should be eating. One minute we hear about the epidemic of childhood obesity and the other minute attention is placed on the problem of eating disorders. Some say our children should stay away from carbohydrates, the next minute trans fat. The latest research points to calories, but next … [Read more...] about Parenting and Eating—What should we be telling our Children?
You recently may have heard Vitamin D being mentioned a little more often. It has been getting more press as the government recommendations have recently been raised. Vitamin D is one of the fat-soluble vitamins and is found in many foods including fish, eggs, fortified milk, and cod liver oil. Vitamin D can also be made in our bodies with the help of sunlight. The major function of vitamin D is … [Read more...] about An Update on Vitamin D
On the surface, eating seems like a simple task we engage in multiple times a day. Food is the fuel we use to fill up our bodies so that we can perform. The complicating factor for most people is that food does more than just provide nutrition. Often, food is eaten (or not eaten) to compensate for underlining reasons in our lives. Mindful eating is a concept that will enable us to rediscover the … [Read more...] about Mindful Eating