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  • National Nutrition Month: Go Further With Food

    by Paula Gallagher | March 7, 2018

    canned-tomatoesIt is National Nutrition Month and this year's theme "Go Further Food" was chosen because what you eat and how you eat can make a huge difference. Whether it's starting the day off right with a healthy breakfast or fueling before an athletic event, choosing the right foods can make you go further! The theme also has an environmental perspective. Preparing foods to go further at home and within the community can have a positive impact by helping reduce food loss and waste.

    So what can you do? Many Americans, when asked, put eating healthy and getting healthy at the top of their list of priorities. Read more

  • The Antioxidant Power of Vitamin E

    by Paula Gallagher | March 6, 2018

    almonds+hazelnutsAs we continue the series on Nutrients from A to Zinc, we now take a look at vitamin E and all its intricacies. Vitamin E may be one of the most complex of the fat soluble vitamins, as eight naturally occurring forms can be found, including four different tocopherols and four similar tocotrienols, each with alpha, beta, gamma and delta types. The most abundant, active and known form is alpha tocopherol, although each compound has its own unique strengths, biological activity and function.

    Vitamin E protects vitamin A, carotene, and vitamin C in foods from oxidative destruction. Read more

  • Vitamin D and Melatonin

    by Rob Brown, MD | March 5, 2018

    sleepingThis week, as I’ve listened to newscasters talk about how the flu is taking over America, it struck me that people are getting sick, in part, because they are deficient in melatonin.

    Vitamin D and melatonin have something in common. They both strengthen the body’s immune system. Their relative production in the different seasons should complement each other perfectly. But, in our world of technology, they are out of sync. Cancer and all sorts of other diseases can develop if an immune system doesn’t function properly. In this post, you are going to gain an appreciation for melatonin and learn what you can do to normalize your brain’s production of this important hormone. Read more

  • Vitamin D: The Sunshine Vitamin

    by Paula Gallagher | February 27, 2018

    vitamin-dIn this next installment of Vitamins and Minerals from A to Zinc, vitamin D is in the spotlight... or should I say, the sunlight? The majority of Americans (both children and adults) are deficient in vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiency is associated with numerous diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, hypertension, stroke, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, depression, osteoporosis, psoriasis, periodontal disease, macular degeneration, mental illness, propensity to fall, and chronic pain.

    Beyond its role in enhancing calcium absorption, new research has shown that vitamin D improves immune function (fights colds and flu) and can reduce the risk of a variety of cancers. Read more

  • Dinner Tonight: Maple Tofu Steaks and Spinach

    by Paula Gallagher | February 26, 2018

    maple-tofuFor many, tofu may seem daunting to prepare. It looks a little weird when it’s fresh from the package, and the flavor is very mild or bland. But when prepared correctly, it's so much more than a boring block of tofu! Tofu is a complete vegetarian protein with only about 100 calories per 1/2 cup serving. Depending on the brand and firming agent used, it can also be an excellent source of calcium. Organic tofu is best.

    Tofu is a versatile ingredient that can replace meat in almost any type of dish. This is a great recipe for Meatless Monday and although tofu isn't a favorite in our house, this recipe went over well. It may have been the fact that the tofu was flavored with maple syrup! Read more

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