Nutrition Insight

A “Natural” Label on Food Means Next to Nothing. Here’s Why.

My friend Ashley called for feedback on her grocery purchases. As a dietitian, I’m used to friends asking for food guidance. Most are pretty knowledgeable and make good choices; they just want to “double-check,” so I listened as she rattled off her purchases. I commended Ashley’s selection of steel-cut oats, unsweetened almond milk, and organic fruit and cheese for snacks. […]

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Should I Buy Frozen Fish?

Much fresh-caught fish is flash-frozen on the boat immediately after it’s caught. The technology is good: The water in the fish rapidly freezes at -35° so only tiny ice crystals form—which keeps texture and flavor very close to fresh. Use these tips when shopping for and preparing frozen fish. CONSIDER FAT VS. LEAN Any freezing method is drying. Fattier fish […]

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Can Food Labels with Exercise Equivalents Help Americans Eat Healthier?

Obesity is an epidemic with rates that are rising world-wide. Nearly three-fourths of U.S. adults and over two-thirds of United Kingdom adults are overweight or obese. As governments work to try and find a solution that results in healthier citizens, the U.K.’s Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) has proposed that we go back to one of the most basic forms of communication: pictures. In January, the […]

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17 Processed Foods Nutritionists Eat

We’ve been told for quite some time that the only food worth buying is the food in the perimeter of the store. That’s because in most grocery stores, that’s where the fresh produce, meats, dairy, and freshly-baked foods reside. (I should point out that in my local Publix, the beer is also on the perimeter of the store, but I […]

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A New Role for Whole: It Might Be Time to Stop Drinking Skim Milk

We called it “blue milk” growing up: that pallid, anemic liquid that has very few recognizable characteristics (other than maybe calcium) when compared to its fuller fat whole milk counterpart. Skimmed, or skim, milk is what’s left after all the cream has been removed from the top layer of non-homogenized milk. Milk, as defined by Merriam Webster, is an opaque white fluid […]

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How to Eat (Relatively) Healthy at the Ballpark This Summer

Baseball season is back (thanks be to the baseball gods). Unlike football, it’s not really a tailgating kind of sport. Traditionally, you buy and eat your food inside the ballpark. And, per centuries-old custom, that usually means hot dogs, hamburgers, fries, nachos, ice cream, Cracker Jacks, and beer. Because you’re watching the game while you nosh, it’s a perfect example […]

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U.S. Soda Consumption Hits 30-Year Low

Now more than ever before, Americans are putting down their sodas to look for healthier beverage alternatives. Beverage Digest reports that soda consumption volume fell 1.2% in 2015. That’s the 11th consecutive year of declines for big soda brands like Coca Cola and PepsiCo, and it’s the lowest consumption total in the U.S. since 1985. However, even with the steady decline, that still equals […]

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The Best Paleo Advice According to Reddit

We ventured down the rabbit hole of Reddit to find out the best and most accurate advice on the Paleo diet. Here at Cooking Light, Reddit isn’t really somewhere we travel often, or really ever. Some of our friends and family members, however, are those wake-up-in-the-morning-check-Reddit kind of people. If you’re one them, hey, more power to you. If you’re not […]

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The 3 Healthiest Drinks at Starbucks

Earlier this week, we shared 4 ways you can make your everyday order at Starbucks just a bit healthier. So, now that you know the tricks of the trade, be sure to try our top three healthy Starbucks drinks: 1. Caffè Misto (Tall with half coffee, half steamed 2% milk) The flavor is similar to a café latte, but because it’s […]

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4 Nutrition Hacks to Make Your Starbucks Order Healthier

Easy tweaks you can make to your daily coffee order to help save calories, sugar, and more. It’s no joke that Starbucks’ Smoked Butterscotch Frappuccino is a nutritional train wreck. In response to our shocking findings, we’re shedding light on a more positive side of the coffeehouse—that is, its menu’s reputation for endless customization. In fact, the company has claimed […]

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