Nutrition Insight

How to Pick a Healthy Hot Chocolate

A cup of luscious, decadent hot chocolate can set you  back more than 400 calories. You may not want to drink a meal’s worth of calories just to warm up. The good news–you don’t have to. Lighter, healthier hot chocolate options are easy to find. Keep these shopping tips in mind when you’re looking for a healthy hot chocolate. Healthy Hot Chocolate […]

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Federal Nutrition Guidelines: Americans Eat Too Much Added Sugar, Refined Grains

Americans continue to eat too much sugar and too many refined grains while consuming too few vegetables, fruits and whole grains, according to a U.S. government panel charged with producing new dietary guidelines. Salt and saturated fat are also over consumed. The committee, which finished and posted its nutrition recommendations Feb. 20, also said that Americans are not getting enough […]

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Have You Soured on Coke’s New Milk?

Fairlife milk, a Coca-Cola product, rolls out nationwide this month. It’s proven buzz-worthy both for what it is and what it isn’t. Fairlife is “ultra-filtered” milk that is separated into its component parts—water, vitamins, lactose, protein, and fat. They remove the lactose, then recombine the remaining four components to create lactose-free milk with 50 percent more protein, 30 percent more […]

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Dietary Cholesterol May Not Be a Part of Future Fed Guidelines

For years, nutritionists and researchers have been playing down the link between dietary cholesterol, found in foods like eggs, and blood cholesterol, the kind that hardens arteries. Now new federal dietary guidelines may sever that link for good. Government nutritionists may be ready to jettison decades of nutritional advice that warned against consuming foods high in cholesterol, according to a […]

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Lighter Chocolate Ganache

Elegant and indulgently delicious, chocolate ganache wears many hats this time of year—as a decadent glaze over fluffy cake layers, a silky coating for fresh berries, or chilled and rolled into truffles. It’s a simple combo of chocolate and heavy cream—but hefty, too: 80 calories and 3.8g sat fat per tablespoon. What we’ve recently learned from a few of our […]

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Lighter, Naturally Red Velvet Cake

Just the name “red velvet cake” suggests something elegant and rich—dramatic, supermoist layers of tinted chocolate cake coated in a dense, creamy white frosting. ‘Tis the season for such decadent pleasures, right? Although it may be the time of year to splurge, it’s hard to justify an 880-calorie, 57g-of-fat piece of cake. Ho-ho-holy cow! We had to find a better […]

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A Lower-Fat, Lower-Carb Mash

One thing—as certain as turkey and cranberry and groans from couch-bound overeaters—is demanded of this holiday season: heaping bowls of fluffy mashed potatoes. It’s a rich dish: As any cook knows, the secret to smooth texture is a knob of butter and a serious glug of cream. A serving of potatoes is about 250 calories, with 8g of sat fat. […]

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Despite Study, Apps That Track Calories Still Makes Sense for Weight Loss

Can an calorie-tracking app on your phone help you lose weight? Not if you don’t use it — at least that’s the conclusion of a new study. Researchers recently looked at usage of the popular smart phone app MyFitnessPal, which tracks meals and calories and integrates with wearable fitness trackers like Jawbone’s UP band. They split 212 primary care patients […]

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How to Make a Healthier Cheese Sauce

Few things can elevate green veggies or a pile of nachos quite like cheese that’s been melted down with butter into a rich, creamy sauce, then slathered on top. Sauces, however, can be calorie-packed: A from-scratch cheese-and-butter sauce contains about 90 calories in just 2 tablespoons. Go the convenience route with processed cheese and you’re looking at more than 400mg […]

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John Oliver to Big Sugar: #ShowUsYourPeanuts

Halloween week is primetime for chocolates and candies, lollipops and licorice sticks. That also means it’s the ideal week for some real talk about sugar. You may have heard about John Oliver’s challenge to food companies (watch it below) on his HBO show “Last Week Tonight.” Oliver called out the confusing and often illogical food rules that dictate food labeling, […]

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