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05/26/20

Tips for Cooking as a Family

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As you’re spending more time at home, you’re likely in the kitchen more than ever before. While cooking may sometimes feel like another chore, it can also be a great opportunity! Use the time in the kitchen to bond with your family and reinforce math and science skills with your children. Cooking and eating are social activities and are much more enjoyable when shared with others. While you’re cooking, consider sharing stories about recipes that have been passed down and...

05/19/20

From Our Dietitians: Immune-Supportive Nutrients and Recipes

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Preventing illness is always important, and with the onset of COVID-19, it’s become a top priority for just about everyone. Physical distancing, washing hands, and wearing cloth masks are the primary ways to help more people stay well. You can also boost your immune system by managing stress; getting plenty of sleep; practicing good hygiene; and — you guessed it — eating a well-balanced diet with protein, carbohydrates, fats, and lots of fruits and vegetables. No single nutrient can protect...

05/14/20

Nutrition Labeling Updates

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In May 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration updated the Nutrition Facts label to reflect more current scientific information about dietary links to chronic disease and give consumers more information to help them make the best choices for their health. You may have noticed this new label on some products already. Large manufacturers were required to use it by January 1, 2020, while smaller companies have an additional year (January 1, 2021) to make the switch. Check out...

05/11/20

Raising Food Allergy Awareness

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Each May, Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) uses a week to encourage others to partake in activities, events, and education to help raise food allergy awareness. This year, Food Allergy Awareness Week runs May 10-16. Food allergies are severe and sometimes life-threatening conditions that affect more than 32 million Americans, with 1 in every 13 children having a food allergy, according to FARE. In the United States, the top eight allergens are peanuts, tree nuts, milk, egg, fish, shellfish...

04/28/20

Easy At-Home Cooking with Canned and Frozen Foods

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While you’re spending more time at home, you might think you should be making meals from scratch, using fresh foods each time. Guess again! Canned, frozen, and even prepared foods that you may already have in your pantry or freezer can be a quick way to feed your family, and they can pack a nutrient-dense punch too! Both canned and frozen fruits and vegetables are often picked at their peak freshness and ripeness. This means they still taste great and...

04/21/20

Goals to Improve Global Health

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The EAT-Lancet Commission looks at the link between diet, human health, and environmental sustainability. These professionals from around the world published a 2019 report about final consumption (healthy diets) and production (sustainability). Per the report, more than 820 million people in the world still don’t have enough food, those eating lots of food are increasing their risk of morbidity and mortality, and global food production is a primary reason for climate change and environmental decline. The commission’s goal is that...

04/14/20

Food Additives from A-Z: A

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To clear up some of the mysteries behind common food additives, SAGE’s Registered Dietitians are explaining what they are and how they function. This part of our ongoing series covers a few common additives that start with A. Acesulfame potassium (acesulfame-K, Ace-K) This is one of the most common zero-calorie sweeteners. It’s about 200 times sweeter than sugar, and it’s as sweet as aspartame. Ace-K is often combined with other artificial sweeteners to create a flavor that’s closer to that...

04/02/20

The Power of Produce

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New nutrition trends pop up almost daily, but one thing that has never changed is the recommendation to eat more fruits and vegetables! Physicians, dietitians, and parents have repeated this message — and it’s supported by science. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend consuming about 5 cups of a variety of fruits and vegetables every day. Yet most people fall short. Only 12% of adults and 40% of children regularly meet daily fruit recommendations, and only 9% of adults and...

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