Sidney Fry, MS, RD

Recent Posts By Sidney Fry, MS, RD

FDA Bans Trans Fats

The countdown is officially on. On Tuesday, U.S. officials announced that food companies have until 2018 to remove all trans fats (currently hiding as partially hydrogenated oils on ingredient lists) from their products. It’s a good thing, considering it has been a solid year and a half since the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) deemed that they were not “generally recognized […]

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What You Need to Know About Coconut Milk

First and foremost: The coconut milk you now find in the dairy case next to the soy milk, cow’s milk, and nut milks is not like the one you find in a can down the center aisle near the soy sauce. Despite the name, canned and carton-ed coconut milks are two very different products with two very different purposes. When it comes […]

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What You Need to Know About Cashew Milk

Stroll the dairy case in today’s supermarket, and you’ll find that it’s no longer just about dairy. The milk section is now crowded with an array of nondairy milks—including soy, rice, coconut, hemp, and all of the many nut varieties.  Ever wonder how all those nuts compare? Let’s take a look. The good: They’re a great option both for vegans and […]

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What You Need to Know About Almond Milk

Stroll the dairy case in today’s supermarket, and you’ll find that it’s no longer just about dairy.  The milk section is now crowded with an array of nondairy milks—including soy, rice, coconut, hemp, and all of the many nut varieties.  Ever wonder how all those nuts compare? Let’s take a look. Nut Milk Basics The good: They’re a great option for […]

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Added Fiber: Is It Healthy?

The rumor is true. Few Americans are consuming the recommended 20-35 grams of fiber per day. Most of us are falling short, bringing in an average of about 15 grams a day. Fiber is a good thing. A diet rich in dietary fiber has many benefits, including the following: Improving digestive health by keeping us “regular” Improving cardiovascular health by […]

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Will Diet Pepsi’s Shift to Sucralose Shake Up the Diet Soda World?

PepsiCo has announced that it will begin switching the artificial sweetening agent in Diet Pepsi from aspartame to sucralose. For all the visual learners out there, that just means they’ll be using the yellow packets instead of the blue ones. It does not mean they will be removing artificial sweeteners from their diet sodas. Nor does it mean they will be adding […]

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Are Kind Bars Healthy? What the FDA’s Warning Means

A fruit-and-nut bar is a better choice than a chocolate candy bar, right? Well you won’t be finding the word “healthy” on either of them. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requested that KIND adjust their labeling language. Specifically, they can no longer use the term “healthy” on four of their bars and throughout their website. In the warning, the FDA singled […]

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Magic Milk Bars: Lactation Cookies Made Light

  When I got pregnant about a year ago, all I ever heard and read about was how my appetite would skyrocket, and I’d be eating everything in sight to nourish my growing baby. Well, I was one of those fortunate mamas who managed to avoid a lot of nausea for the most part, and yes … I had quite […]

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Is Beer the New Gatorade?

Two things I take seriously: my beer and my running. So you can imagine my excitement when several of the local breweries in my city started running clubs, encouraging groups to meet at the brewery, sweat out a few miles together, then stick around for a couple of post-run hand-crafted beers. (And if you’re ready to take your beer run […]

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How to Make a Healthier Spaghetti Dinner

There’s a powerful feeling of joy in a classic spaghetti dinner—few things satisfy and please the family more than the combo of hearty meat sauce, slurp-able noodles, and crusty garlic-and-butter-smeared bread. All comfort aside, the typical spaghetti dinner can run you close to 100g of refined carbohydrates—that’s the equivalent of about eight slices of white bread. Here we transform this […]

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