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A Spoonful of Added Sugar

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If you’re paying attention to headlines about nutrition, you’ve probably heard the buzz about added sugar. For the first time, the 2015 USDA Dietary Guidelines recommend limiting added sugars (not to be confused with natural sugars) to less than 10% of the calories in your diet. For the average adult consuming roughly 2,000 calories a day, that’s no more than 200 calories—about 12 teaspoons, or 50 grams, of added sugar. That’s three percent less than the average American consumes...


The Common Market: Sustainable Sourcing to Support Local Communities

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SAGE is proud to work with hundreds of small, local suppliers across North America.  We’re a strong proponent of local sourcing, and The Common Market is an excellent example of how partnering with local suppliers helps support the communities in which we work. The Common Market is a non-profit food hub that connects small local farmers and food artisans with people and organizations that seek their wares.  The idea first came about when co-founders Haile Johnston and Tatiana...


Best Breakfast Bets

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How many times have we heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day? Studies show that children who eat breakfast learn better, behave better, and are more likely to meet their nutrient needs each day. Unfortunately, it's the meal most likely to be skipped. To make sure that breakfast is part of your family’s morning routine, be prepared with quick, easy, and convenient options for morning fuel. An ideal, balanced breakfast includes a whole grain (whole wheat...


March is National Nutrition Month

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The slogan for this year's National Nutrition Month® is "Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right."  But what does "eating right" mean? Does eating right mean that there is a wrong way to eat? [caption id="attachment_23813" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Courtesy: Michelle Rodriguez"][/caption] No! The message from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics simply means to enjoy a variety of foods. "Eating right" can mean different things for different people. If you don't eat meat then including lean meat proteins in your...


Ways To Spice Up Your Life

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[caption id="attachment_22456" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Notre Dame of Maryland University Herb Garden"][/caption] Many herbs and spices contain polyphenols, a powerful antioxidant. There is no true way to prevent cancer or heart disease, but polyphenols are proven to reduce your risks and enhance overall health. These antioxidants can be found in fruits, vegetables, legumes and even wine and chocolate. Typically, fresh herbs and spices contain higher levels of antioxidants than dried versions. However, the two can be used interchangeably; double the amount...


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