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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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MyPlate – The US Recommendations for Diet Planning

MyPlate – The US Recommendations for Diet Planning

Food groups, nutrient recommendations, calorie control…they all come together here with the new tool to plan a healthy diet. Meet MyPlate! History Remember the food pyramid? A visual representation of what kinds of foods and how much we should be eating every day, the pyramid was a busy and hard-to-memorize tool. In 2005, the pyramid was updated to include exercise, but was still – and arguably even more – confusing to read and understand. In 2011, MyPlate was rolled out….

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Focus on Food – Almonds

Focus on Food – Almonds

  I am totally nuts for nuts! I could eat them every day. Peanuts, pistachios, walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, whatever! During the holidays, I’ve always got a big bowl of nuts on my coffee table with a nutcracker ready to go. (I should keep that going year round…hmmm.) But, there’s one nut in particular that I love as a snack or as part of a packed lunch, and it’s super duper good for you! Almonds Where do almonds come from? Almonds…

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Protein

Protein

What is a protein? Protein is a macronutrient, providing four calories per gram. Proteins are made up of amino acids, small building blocks that come together in various combinations to make the macronutrient protein. There are twenty kinds of amino acids. Eleven of these are nonessential amino acids, which just means the body is capable of synthesizing them. That leaves nine remaining essential amino acids, which the body cannot make on its own. This means we need to get them from an…

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What is a Calorie?

What is a Calorie?

What is a calorie? We hear it all over the place: “That cheeseburger has, like, a billion calories!” People who are trying to lose weight are often talking about how many calories something has, and how they’re counting them. But when even is a calorie, anyway? If we want to be technical about it, a calorie is defined as “the amount of heat energy required to raise the temperature of 1g of water by 1ºC. Ummm, that’s not helpful. Let’s…

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