December is a month full of delicious seasonal produce, and plenty of opportunities to use it! Take advantage of fresh fruits and vegetables in your baked goods and holiday dishes. Fresh citrus also makes a lovely holiday gift. Fill an attractive bowl or basket with fresh oranges, grapefruit, mandarins or a combination of a few varieties.
If you have or someone you know has a food allergy, you know how important it is to monitor what foods are consumed. From specific foods to food labels, it’s imperative to make sure you do not eat a foodstuff that will trigger an abnormal physiological response to your body.
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Salt and Health
If you’ve ever tasted foods that have not been salted, you know that—depending on the dish—it can taste pretty bland. While salt enhances foods to a level that completely changes the taste, it’s important to know how salt can affect your health. Consuming too much salt can lead to too much sodium in your blood, . . .
Hey, Sugar, Are You Getting Too Much Sugar?
Sugar is a simple carbohydrate that the body uses for energy, but too much added sugar can lead to health problems such as increased triglycerides (which may increase the risk of heart disease), tooth decay, poor nutrition, and weight gain. These are just a few health reasons why it’s important to monitor sugar intake.
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Choosing Carbohydrates for Good Health
Carbohydrates are a macronutrient found in many foods and beverages, and there are three main types of carbohydrates: fiber, starch and sugar. Fiber carbohydrates are made of sugar units bonded together and occur naturally in cooked dry beans, fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Starch carbohydrates are made of sugar units bonded together and occur naturally . . .
Health Benefits of Dietary Fiber
Dietary fiber is classified into two categories: insoluble and soluble. Insoluble fiber does not dissolve in water, while soluble fiber does.
Insoluble fiber—found in nuts, wheat bran, whole wheat flour and many vegetables—helps promote the movement of material through the digestive system, increasing stool bulk.
Soluble fiber—found in apples, barley, beans, carrots, citrus, oats and peas—dissolves in . . .
Produce that share color often share health benefits. Learn about eating by color!