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National Nutrition Month

National Nutrition Month

March may bring the first day of spring, but it also brings the realization that bikini season is right around the corner. Thankfully, it’s easy to pick up healthy eating habits to aid in weight loss efforts because March is National Nutrition Month. This year marks the 40th anniversary and the 2013 theme, “Eat Right, [...]

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Is Genetically Modified Food Safe?

Is Genetically Modified Food Safe?

A new study casts doubt on the safety of genetically modified food, as well as an herbicide. The research was conducted by French scientist Gilles-Eric Séralini and seven colleagues and is entitled, Long Term Toxicity of a Roundup Herbicide and a Roundup-Tolerant Genetically Modified Maize. Séralini and his fellow researchers in France and Italy report [...]

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Leading a Gluten-Free Life

Leading a Gluten-Free Life

In the United States, many people have trouble digesting gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. This digestive problem is known as celiac disease. According to The University of Chicago Medicine, three million Americans are affected by this autoimmune disorder.1 Celiac disease damages the lining of the small intestines, making it difficult to [...]

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Tips for Avoiding Food Allergies at Summer Camp

Tips for Avoiding Food Allergies at Summer Camp

Summer camp is often a win-win for families: it’s a treasured, invaluable experience for children and a welcome temporary reprieve of parental responsibilities for adults. With camps available for all interests, ages and activity levels, more and more kids are signing up, as the American Camp Association reports that more than 10 million children attend summer camp each year1.

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Berries for Brain Health

Berries for Brain Health

Research has suggested for years that strawberries, blueberries and blackberries may help restore cognitive functioning and prevent age-related memory loss, which has been accelerating in recent years due to factors such as poor diet, pollution, and lifestyle habits.

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Beyond Bread – Top 3 Foods to Avoid if You’re Gluten Intolerant

Beyond Bread – Top 3 Foods to Avoid if You’re Gluten Intolerant

Gluten, an ingredient that causes flours to rise during baking, has been under scrutiny for years now, and if you’re intolerant to it, the first food you’ve likely been advised to avoid is bread, among other wheat and grain-based foods. Unfortunately, gluten is an allergen for some, leading to symptoms such as skin rashes, headaches and irritable bowel syndrome, and has even been linked to rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s disease.

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Get Control of Overeating

Get Control of Overeating

If you have a hard time resisting sugar, fat and salt, you’re not alone – and the food industry may be partly to blame. Dr. David Kessler, former head of the FDA, recently released a new book, The End of Overeating – Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite, which offers an inside look at the commercial food industry.

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Allergy-Prone? Foods to Avoid

Allergy-Prone? Foods to Avoid

Spring weather has hit parts of the US already, and if you’re sensitive to pollen and other allergens, your eyes and sinuses may already be feeling the change in season and responding with unpleasant watering, itching, and sneezing. However, for people sensitive to food allergies, “season” could be any time you indulge in certain foods.

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Childhood Obesity Reaches New Problems in the Classroom & Beyond

Childhood Obesity Reaches New Problems in the Classroom & Beyond

With rates of childhood obesity steadily on the rise, pediatricians are now saying once-standard growth charts are no longer applicable. Approximately 17% of youths are obese, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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The Facts about Salt

The Facts about Salt

Salt is comprised of sodium chloride or NaCl. It is essential to life in small quantities, yet harmful in larger doses. Too much salt is known to increase your risk of high blood pressure, a major cause of heart attacks and strokes, which are the 1st and 3rd leading causes of death in the United States.

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