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05/11/21

Bringing More Attention to Food Allergies

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Each May, Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) raises food allergy awareness through a week of activities, events, and education. This year, Food Allergy Awareness Week kicked off May 9 and will run through May 15. Food allergies are severe and sometimes life-threatening conditions that affect more than 32 million Americans, including about 1 in 13 children, according to FARE. A food allergy occurs when the immune system overreacts to a protein in a food. Reactions range from mild (e...

03/03/21

From Our Dietitians: Personalize Your Plate for National Nutrition Month®

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Each year, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics chooses a theme for National Nutrition Month® in March, and the 2021 theme is Personalize Your Plate. So what does that mean? It often feels that there’s an elusive “right” way to build your plate. You’re constantly bombarded with nutrition information, fad diets, and chatter about what’s “good” or “bad” to eat. But there’s no one right way for everyone. Each person has unique tastes, cultural backgrounds, nutritional needs, and so much...

01/28/21

From Our Dietitians: Immune-Supportive Recipes with Probiotics

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One of the ways you can protect yourself from the COVID-19 pandemic is to incorporate a balanced group of immune-supportive nutrients in your diet. We’ve shared information and recipes to help you learn more about and increase your intake of vitamin C, vitamin D, beta-carotene, zinc, and protein, and now we’re featuring probiotics! Probiotics are live, helpful bacteria that occur naturally in fermented foods, such as yogurt. They help your body digest food, support your microbiome (the collection of bacteria...

12/23/20

Food Additives from A-Z: C

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Welcome back to our ongoing series about food additives! We’ve already reviewed common additives starting with A and B. Now, let’s look at the C list. Calcium carbonate A chemical compound that occurs naturally in rocks, eggshells, and oyster shells, calcium carbonate is useful on its own as a calcium supplement and an antacid. It’s also one of several food-fortifying forms of calcium, along with calcium citrate and calcium lactate. Calcium carbonate can act as a white food coloring, anti-caking...

12/09/20

(Not) on the Road with RDs: FARE’s College Summit

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Hi there! Welcome back to our “On the Road with RDs” series. COVID-19 may keep our Registered Dietitians from traveling, but their education in the wide world of nutrition continues virtually. We’re checking in with Nutrition Director and Registered Dietitian Lesley Vogel as she shares the takeaways from her latest learning adventure! In November, I had the pleasure of attending the FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education) College Summit. I attended a variety of sessions and learned about college food...

12/08/20

From Our Dietitians: Immune-Supportive Recipes with Protein

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While navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be looking for ways to support your immune system. No single food or nutrient is the solution, but a well-balanced diet with select nutrients can help. After sharing information and recipes for vitamin C, vitamin D, beta-carotene, and zinc, we’re doing the same for protein! This macronutrient is necessary for a variety of functions within our bodies, including helping with immunity. Proteins help form antibodies, which protect the body from harmful bacteria and...

12/03/20

(Not) on the Road with RDs: Hebron Academy

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Hi there! Welcome back to our “On the Road with RDs” series, which — like everything else in 2020 — is a little different because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although our Registered Dietitians aren’t traveling, they’re still virtually teaching our communities and continuing their education in the wide world of nutrition. This time, we’re joining Jessica Holler after her presentation for Hebron Academy in Maine. Talking to students about nutrition is one of my favorite things, and I was excited...

11/12/20

From Our Dietitians: Immune-Supportive Recipes with Zinc

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As we all navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, we know that washing hands, physical distancing, and wearing masks to cover the nose and mouth are of highest importance. You might also be making changes to support and strengthen your immune system. By itself, one food or nutrient won’t protect against illness, but eating a balanced diet with specific nutrients can help. We started with vitamin C, vitamin D, and beta-carotene, and zinc is up next. Zinc helps protect the body from...

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