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Ask the RD

October 26, 2010

Unfortunately, mixed messages and consumer confusion persist regarding low-calorie sweeteners. Today’s hottest topic relevant to these sweeteners ties their use to weight gain. Finding that saccharin-fed rats went on to eat more and gain weight, researchers from Purdue University speculated that because calories were anticipated but did not
accompany the sweet taste, the body was left confused.

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Eating Well on a Budget

October 19, 2010

I have to admit it: I don’t enjoy grocery shopping. The aisles of food choices are overwhelming, food packages lure my preschooler and—these days—I usually leave stunned by the total at the checkout. I’m not alone on this last point. The economic downturn and skyrocketing food prices have forced most Americans to rein in spending, in an effort to keep monthly food costs in check. As fitness professionals, we can help our clients find ways to eat well on the cheap by offering some budget-friendly shopping strategies.

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ask the RD: Is it okay to exercise if I am experiencing gastrointestinal problems?

September 29, 2010

Answer: It can be difficult to muster up the energy and motivation to exercise if you’re nauseous, vomiting or suffering from diarrhea—and for good reason. It’s best to rest and recover if you’re experiencing an onset of gastrointestinal (GI) problems. If you decide to ignore the symptoms, the stress of exercise may actually prolong the illness or let it progress to something worse. Also keep in mind that GI problems often disrupt your usual eating routine and hydration status, making it more difficult for you to perform at your best.

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Ask the RD

August 16, 2010


Well-known for its use in making tequila, the unprocessed juice from the agave plant has also been used in Mexico as an ingredient in food. The more processed agave nectar (or syrup) has just recently gained fascination in the United States for some of its widely promoted beneficial properties.

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Beyond Energy Imbalance

February 16, 2010

Today, two out of three American adults are overweight or obese, and another 5.9% are now considered extremely obese (body mass index ≥ 40) (CDC). Excess weight increases the risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, several cancers, gallbladder disease and more. To fight the extra weight, Americans spend billions of dollars a year on diets and products promising weight loss, only to fail along the way. Considering these facts, it’s not surprising that clients approach you with questions about how to shed pounds fast.

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Is there really a difference between brown and white eggs?

February 16, 2010

There is a difference, but it’s not in nutritional quality—it’s in the breed of hen that laid the egg. It’s
really quite simple: most breeds with white feathers lay white eggs, whereas brown eggs tend to come from breeds with brown
or red feathers. Both types of eggs have the same nutrient content and taste. The nutrient content is determined by the type and quality of feed fed to the hens.

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Can snacking after a workout hamper a client’s weight loss?

January 4, 2010

answer: Experienced athletes know how important it is to refuel and rehydrate after a training session. Following strenuous activity, food and fluids can replenish lost glycogen stores and help repair muscle tissue. After an intense workout, the best way to refuel would be to eat a mix of complex carbohydrates and lean protein, such as a whole-grain cereal topped with skim milk.

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Celiac Disease, Diet and Lifestyle

January 1, 2010

Celiac disease (CD) is an inherited autoimmune disorder characterized by chronic inflammation of the small intestinal mucosa. The condition is four times more common today than it was 50 years ago (Rubio-Tapia et al. 2009). The condition affects 1 out of every 105 adults in the United States (Fasano et al. 2003) and appears in children as well.

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Sweet Facts About High-Fructose Corn Syrup

May 27, 2009

Have you seen this ad on TV? Two moms are standing in a kitchen, where Mom Number 1 is pouring juice for a gaggle of kids in the background. Mom Number 2 looks shocked and warns her that the juice in question contains high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS). Mom 1 looks up and says, “So?” Cut to Mom 2, who suddenly realizes that she can’t defend her objection to HFCS. Mom 1 then goes on to assure everyone that HFCS is “natural and safe” for the children, who all presumably go on to live happily and healthily ever after.

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Back to Basics: Nutrient-Rich Foods

March 4, 2009

Consumers are bombarded with nutrition information on a daily basis—from food and beverage packaging as well as television, magazines and the Internet. Faced with a plethora of food choices and conflicting dietary advice, it’s a wonder that the average person can decipher enough to make the best decisions.

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Good Nutrition for the Golden Years

February 29, 2008

As more people approach their 65th birthdays, healthy aging has emerged as a public health priority. Thanks to Baby Boomers and longer lifespans, by 2030 there will be an estimated 71 million older adults in the U.S.,…

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Eating Green

December 31, 2007

These days, it seems like everyone is starting to think “green.” Recycling cans and plastic, switching to compact fluorescent light bulbs and driving hybrid cars are some of the steps many people are taking to protect our environment. The growing green movement is altering attitudes about food as well. Consumers are starting to appreciate the impact that their collective food choices have on th…

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Help to Create a Wellness Program for Your Local Schools

December 7, 2007

In the fight against
childhood obesity, the school environment has received a good deal of attention
because of its potential to influence a large number of school-aged children
and their families. This school year, a new federal mandate went into effect that
requires school districts throughout…

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Happy, Healthy Holidays

November 30, 2007

The holiday season, now upon us, is a time of celebration and abundance. Teeming with tasty temptations (not to mention tons of stress!), the holidays can present challenges to clients trying to maintain healthy habits. Each festivity or social function can create anxiety for the calorie-conscious struggling to maintain weight as co-workers serve sugary treats at the office and hectic sch…

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