Published on Aug 14, 2018
School is just around the corner! The beginning of the school year is often the busiest time of the year for families, who are rushing to get school supplies, new clothes, and coordinate new extracurricular activities. What many parents don’t think about is what to prepare for their child’s lunch that year. A healthy lunch helps the kids concentrate and stay awake for the rest of their school day. First, the facts. Preparing a lunch is healthier and oftentimes cheaper than buying a lunch at school. Also, homemade lunches allow the parent to have control over what and how much their child is eating.
Published on Apr 16, 2018
In Asian countries, the soybean is a traditional protein staple. Soybeans contain high amounts of isoflavones, which are beneficial to health. Isoflavones are compounds derived from plants that give estrogenic activity.
Published on Feb 19, 2018
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).
Published on Feb 15, 2018
In the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, potassium is noted as a nutrient of public health concern. This is due to low intakes of fruits, vegetables, and dairy (1).
Published on Jan 29, 2018
1. The Difference between Flaxseed and Flaxseed Oil
Flaxseeds, also known as linseed, are seeds from the plant Linum usitatissimum. Historically, flaxseed has been woven into linen to make fabric and clothing. Actually, this is how we got the word linen, meaning cloth woven from Linum usitatissimum or flaxseed (1).
Published on Jan 22, 2018
Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is an essential vitamin. Vitamin C is water soluble vitamin, thus if an excess is consumed it is merely excreted from the body without any toxic effects. Because vitamin C is relatively unstable on exposure to heat, air, and light, it is oxidized and lost from the food item.
Published on Oct 20, 2017
A recent study discovered that 90% of Americans are not consuming adequate choline in their diets (1). Thus, a new daily value for choline has been set. The new recommended daily intake for choline is 550 mg for men and 425 mg for women per day. Additionally, nutrient content claims are now available for choline. These include labels such as “contains choline” or “high in choline” on food items (2). Many people do not understand the vital impacts of choline. The importance of this critical vitamin is discussed below.
Published on Aug 28, 2017
Grapes are a round, sweet berry found in clusters from the flowering plant, Vitis. There are three different categories of grapes. Table grapes are those commonly eaten in fruit salads, for a snack, or are used in a recipe. Raisin are dried grapes that can be eaten raw or used in baking. Wine grapes are smaller, sweeter grapes used in viniculture to make wine.
Published on Aug 23, 2017
An old folk tale exclaims that if a woman wants a man to propose, she should slip some borage into the the man’s tea to give him the courage to propose. Let’s see if borage can give you the same boldness.
Published on Aug 21, 2017
Vitamin D is a combination of many nutrients called sterols. There are two types of vitamin D found in food. Vitamin D2, ergocalciferol, and vitamin D3, cholecalciferol. Ergocalciferol is used in fortified foods and supplements such as the vitamin D in fortified orange juice. Cholecalciferol is the natural form of vitamin D, and is found animal foods such as egg yolk and butter.