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Nutrients Missing From Your Gluten-Free Diet

Published on Oct 4, 2018 By: Nikki Sepe
Checking the nutrition label for the gluten-free certification is obviously a priority for one with Celiac Disease, however, the nutritional content is often overlooked when searching for foods without wheat, rye or barley. Few gluten-free grains are enriched or fortified with vitamins and minerals, leaving nutrient gaps in the diet and making consumers more susceptible to nutrient deficiencies. One should be on the lookout for the following nutrients if on a gluten-free diet. Read More

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How the New Nutrition Label Serving Sizes Will Affect Consumers

Published on Feb 21, 2018 By: Nikki Sepe

The Food and Drug Administration has finally decided to make some changes to the nutrition facts label in hopes of improving the diets of American consumers.  Scanning the label from top to bottom the first difference that will be noticed is the serving size.  This will be changed to a more accurate depiction of what is typically consumed, rather than the prior reference amount.

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Tags: diet, food, food labeling, nutrition, millennial


Dairy-Free Milk Provides Calcium for Children with Milk Allergies

Published on Feb 19, 2018 By: Nikki Sepe

A recent study released by the American Academy of Pediatrics found that 6% of children with an allergy to cow's milk had a lower bone mineral density in their lumbar spine than those that consumed milk (1).  Milk allergies are the most common allergies among children, estimating 2.5% of youth.  Calcium intake was significantly lower in those with a milk allergy and few subjects supplemented their diet with calcium and vitamin D, two important nutrients for children obtained from milk (2). 

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Tags: Fortification, diet, nutri-knowledge, food, nutrition


September is National Potato Month

Published on Sep 1, 2017 By: Nikki Sepe

One of America’s most popular vegetables has an entire month dedicated to itself, the potato.  It is obvious why this tuber is so popular, it can be mashed and added with butter to create a creamy side dish, sliced and fried for a crisp, crunchy snack, or baked, boiled and stuffed with toppings for the main course. 

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Matcha to Mend the Mind

Published on Mar 24, 2017 By: Nikki Sepe

Matcha.  This vibrant green powder is now a featured functional beverage in coffee and tea shops, becoming so popular it’s growth is predicted to increase 25% each year until 2018 in North America(1). This traditional Japanese beverage can provide more health benefits per cup, knocking green tea out of the top spot.

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Cool off with Cold Brew Coffee

Published on Mar 14, 2017 By: Nikki Sepe

Cold Brew coffee has officially gone mainstream when Dunkin' Donuts released this new menu item.  Priced at over $3.50 for a cup, cold brew has customers talking.  Here is how cold brew coffee differs from a traditional iced coffee.

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Tags: beverage, diet, health, food, nutrition, millennial


Food Formulations for a Paleo Diet

Published on Mar 2, 2017 By: Nikki Sepe

2.6 million years ago humans survived by traditional methods of hunting and gathering.  The men would search for fresh meat to hunt, kill and bring back to their families while women stayed close by and collected berries to nourish each other.  Now, in the 21st century, humans are turning to these traditional methods of eating to give their genes a reset in hopes to combat the high prevalence of diseases that we have developed. 

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The Benefits of Turmeric

Published on Aug 9, 2016 By: Nikki Sepe

Turmeric, scientifically known as Curcuma Longa, and commonly known as a staple spice in various curry dishes, has caught the attention of researchers.  Traditionally used in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine for it’s healing properties, western medicine has begun to conduct clinical trials to evaluate the efficiency of this herbaceous plant.  This plant native to Southern Asia may be good for more than it’s warm, bitter addition to Indian cuisine(1).

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Coconut Nectar: A Natural Sugar Substitute

Published on Aug 4, 2016 By: Nikki Sepe

You are in the grocery store and pick up a packaged treat, check out the food label, and immediately place it back down due to the grams of sugar perceived to be higher than uual.  Would you be able to fit the product into your daily allowance if the quality of that sugar was higher?  Not all sugars are created equal.  Here is why many are perceiving coconut nectar to be an alternative sweetener that stands out from the others.

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Coming Soon: Nutrition Labels for Beer

Published on Aug 2, 2016 By: Nikki Sepe

The new nutrition facts label changes have proposed alterations to increase the health of Americans in hopes of reducing nutrient inadequacies and providing more information to consumers. However, there is one beverage that is not represented under these changes, beer.  The Beer Institute has decided to take initiative, gathering 81% of beer brands consumed by Americans together to add nutrition facts labels to these alcoholic beverages.

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