Are you hosting a Christmas dinner party this year? Chances are there may be a vegetarian amongst your guests. A recent survey found that 7.3 million Americans follow a vegetarian diet.1 Fortunately, with a little planning and preparation, you can help vegetarian guests feel like they’re part of the party, not limited to the side dishes. Continue reading “Vegetarian Christmas Dinner Menu”
What do turkey, sweet potatoes, cranberries, and eggs have in common? They’re all whole, nutrient dense foods, supported by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA’s). However, once a year these foods are transformed into casseroles, appetizers and pies. Thanksgiving is the holiday of abundance – with excess sodium, sugar, and saturated fat on the dinner table.
Featured article in the Fall 2016 Issue of Nutrition Close-Up; written by Apeksha Gulvady, PhD
Our present decade presents a very different food allergy landscape than it did about 35 years ago in terms of prevalence, types and severity of food-allergic reactions, diagnostic tools, and even recommendations for prevention. Take prevalence in the United States for instance. Although the rates of perceived prevalence have remained at around 20% through the ages, the actual incidence has gradually risen from <1% in the 1980s up to about 5% of the general population and 8% of U.S. children in recent years.1-4 And while the number of individuals affected by food allergies continues to grow across the globe, particularly in developing countries, the United States alone accounts for as many as 15 million people with food allergies today.1
Featured article in the Fall 2016 Issue of Nutrition Close-Up; written by Stacey Mattinson, RDN, LD
On January 7, 2016 the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) jointly released the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA). These guidelines, updated every five years since 1980, provide guidance for health professionals and lawmakers on what constitutes a healthful dietary pattern, contrasts dietary and physical activity guidelines with current actual behaviors, and outlines a vision for the prevention of chronic diseases.1 Included within the DGA are nutrients of concern.
Featured article in the Fall 2016 Issue of Nutrition Close-Up; written by Bev Benda, RDN, LDN, BCC
Years ago I saw the Broadway show, Seussical the Musical.1 It is based on two Dr. Seuss classics, Horton Hears a Who 2 about a sweet, gigantic elephant who befriends a dustsized boy from a microscopic town, and Horton Hatches the Egg,2 in which this same elephant guards his friend Mayzie’s egg while she parties. The musical transcends these story lines as it shares the message of accepting people despite size or looks. Several characters face criticism, isolation, loneliness, and low self-esteem because they are “different.” It comes full circle after showing how judgment hurts, and seeing beyond the surface creates true friendship and love.