Are Low Carb Diets Healthy?

Are Low Carb Diets Healthy?

There is a huge trend going around nowadays. Every other diet I see is low carb. Some even aim to eliminate them completely! Popularized by Dr. Atkins with the Atkins diet, folks have been cutting out entire food groups just to drop a few pounds. Now, we see low carb diets like Paleo and Keto everywhere. We’ve seen progress pictures of weight loss and heard of people having crazy success consuming butter and bacon. Say what!? Let’s take a closer look at…

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How to Calculate Your Calorie Needs

How to Calculate Your Calorie Needs

Calorie control is important for weight control. Whether you’re trying to lose, gain, or maintain your weight, calories count! Whether you’re counting meticulously or just curious, it’s a good idea to know how to calculate your calorie needs. Related Reading: What is a Calorie? Calories = Energy To know what we are calculating, we need to understand how our body uses energy throughout the day. Even just sitting there reading this article, your cells are hard at work using up…

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Staying Healthy Through the Holidays: Part 3

Staying Healthy Through the Holidays: Part 3

It’s officially that time of year, folks! Between Thanksgiving and New Years, there are at least five weeks of holidays. For most of us, this means indulging in lots of food, and not always the healthiest foods. Not to mention, winter is coming (Game of Thrones fans, are you out there?) and for many of us, that means staying indoors. I live in Buffalo, and let me tell you – when the snow flies, there is nothing more I want…

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Gift Guide for the Home Cook

Gift Guide for the Home Cook

While it’s wonderful to spend quality time and make memories with friends and family, there’s just something about gifts that make it better. I mean, you spend all this time thinking about a person and what they would like, wrapping it ever-so-nicely, and anticipate the look on their face when they see what you’ve gotten them. Plus, you get stuff in return! It’s a great way to show your friends and family that you care, to make them laugh, or…

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Staying Healthy Through the Holidays: Part 2

Staying Healthy Through the Holidays: Part 2

It’s officially that time of year, folks! Between Thanksgiving and New Years, there are at least five weeks of holidays. For most of us, this means indulging in lots of food, and not always the healthiest foods. Not to mention, winter is coming (Game of Thrones fans, are you out there?) and for many of us, that means staying indoors. I live in Buffalo, and let me tell you – when the snow flies, there is nothing more I want…

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Staying Healthy Through the Holidays: Part 1

Staying Healthy Through the Holidays: Part 1

It’s officially that time of year, folks! Between Thanksgiving and New Years, there are at least five weeks of holidays. For most of us, this means indulging in lots of food, and not always the healthiest foods. Not to mention, winter is coming (Game of Thrones fans, are you out there?) and for many of us, that means staying indoors. I live in Buffalo, and let me tell you – when the snow flies, there is nothing more I want…

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Health Claims

Health Claims

Health claims are statements on food packages that describe the relationship between a food or ingredient and a specific condition or disease. It often demonstrates how a nutrient can help reduce the risk of a certain disease, making the food that contains that nutrient seem appealing and healthy to you, the consumer. Health claims cannot claim to treat or cure a disease. Authorized vs Qualified Health Claims An authorized health claim has been approved by the FDA, and has enough…

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Nutrient Content Claims

Nutrient Content Claims

Nutrient content claims are statements on food packages that describe the amount of a nutrient or ingredient in the food. These claims use words like low, high, free, excellent source, or light. The levels of the nutrient or ingredient in a serving of the food is compared against the recommended dietary allowances (determined by the Food an Drug Administration). This way, we aren’t comparing donuts to cakes and seeing which is “low” in sugar! While you’re out shopping, you’ll probably notice these types…

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Types of Claims on Food Packages

Types of Claims on Food Packages

With so many choices in the grocery store, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the claims and labels on packages of food! Some of them might be enticing, or skirting the truth, or maybe just designed to put a pretty picture in your mind. Regardless, most food labels are designed to get you to buy them – they’re a marketing technique! Why bother with all of this stuff? Well, the food industry, especially here in the US, is so…

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Focus on Food – Chicken

Focus on Food – Chicken

Wait – Chicken, like the animal? Yep. At some point in our lives, we realize that the cute little cluckers that we’ve learned about in Old Macdonald’s sing-a-long are the very same ones that we’re eating. Hopefully this isn’t the first time you’re hearing this news…if so, Santa is also…completely and totally real! Obviously! Poultry (including chicken, turkey, geese, and ducks) is a common and well-liked protein source in many diets all around the world. We all know what a…

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