Nutrition Insight

Cutting One Sugary Drink a Day Can Reduce Diabetes Risk, Study Says

It may seem obvious: Cutting back on sugary drinks can reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes. But a new study actually quantifies how much sugar-sweetened beverages increase your risk—and suggests that cutting out just a single sugary soda or sweetened milk product each day can substantially reduce your risk for diabetes. For each 5% increase in calories provided by […]

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Being Properly Hydrated May Make You a Better Driver

We know that drinking alcohol can impact your driving capabilities, but now a British study says not drinking enough (nonalcoholic) fluids may be just as detrimental. In a study published earlier this month in Physiology & Behavior, British researchers studied the impact mild dehydration has on a person’s driving skills. Eleven men were asked to complete a simulated prolonged drive on a monotonous highway. They […]

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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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Try Two New Whole Grains

Fiber-rich whole grains’ many benefits range from lowering your risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and even dementia to helping you shed more belly fat. But that’s not the only reason to eat more grains. The latest research, says Kelly Toups, RD, program manager of the Whole Grains Council at Oldways, reveals that whole grains “have levels of antioxidants […]

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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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Traveling? Here’s How to Keep from Overeating

For the last five years, I have averaged three business trips a month–and while my eating habits at home are typically healthy, on the road my diet takes a turn for the worse. I overeat, and I make poor food choices. This was especially true on actual travel days–whether I was driving or flying. My commute back to Birmingham, Ala., […]

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This powerful duo may provide a big boost to your brain health

On their own, nuts and berries are hugely beneficial to your health. They’re extraordinarily high in antioxidants. Eating a small amount of nuts may even reduce your risk of heart disease and diabetes. Additionally, a study in this month’s Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging found that daily consumption of walnuts can improve cognitive function, or how well your brain works. (Keep […]

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Guess which processed cheese product just received a nutritional seal of approval?

I’m a dietitian. I’m also a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), the largest organization of food and nutrition professionals in the United States. You know. That large professional organization that is supposed to “empower members to be the nation’s food and nutrition leaders.” Well, last week my organization decided to allow the “Kids Eat Right” logo on its […]

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