Soybean Oil: The Little Black Dress o...

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You know the magic of a great little black dress: you can dress it up for a fancy dinner or pair it with funky accessories for a casual date. It’s versatile – and it works for almost every occasion. As a Registered Dietitian, I’m often asked if there’s a multipurpose cooking oil I can recommend [...]

Can Low Calorie Sweeteners Help Hispa...

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For many people, a first step in the fight to lose weight is to replace added sugars in beverages and foods with low calorie sweeteners. But among Hispanics in the United States, who face a growing problem with overweight and obesity, low calorie sweetener use is much lower than average. Could a switch to low [...]

National Nutrition Month: Lighten Up ...

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During the long cold winter, many of us put on a few extra pounds. Now that spring is here, it’s time to shake off the extra pounds for a healthier you! National Nutrition Month is a great time to focus on the balance of calories and exercise that your body needs to maintain or lose [...]

Avocado: The Delicious Nutrient Boost...

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If you’re an avocado fan, here’s another good reason to enjoy delicious avocados.  A recent study by The Ohio State University (OSU) showed that eating avocado helped your body absorb provitamin A and convert it to Vitamin A.  So adding some creamy avocado to your meal can give you an overall nutrient boost. The OSU [...]

Saving the Great Taste of Summer

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Right now, farmer’s markets and grocery stores are bursting with wonderful summer fruits and vegetables. It’s tempting to stock up on peppers, onions, summer squash, eggplant, and tomatoes, but how do you use them up before they spoil? Here’s an easy way to preserve that great summer flavor: use your freezer. I was inspired to freeze [...]

Top 5 Myths about Grain-Based Foods

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When it comes to nutrition, everyone has an opinion. However, most consumers are confused about most nutrition topics/issues – especially when it comes to grains! After having spent a few days exploring the wheat fields, a flour mill and a pasta plant in North Dakota, my appreciation for grains has increased even more. Therefore, I [...]