Is Canola Oil Really Toxic?

Canola oil is second in terms of monounsaturated fat in oils, bested only by olive oil. Alzheimer’s Disease The newest nail in canola oil’s undeserved coffin are reports that it increases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The study popularly referred to by the media was done on six-month-old mice that were genetically engineered to develop…

Making Holidays and Special Events Happier

Forty-five percent of people would prefer to skip Christmas altogether and roughly 25% report feeling “extreme stress” as the Holidays get closer. Lack of time, a shortage of money, and pressure to give or get gifts are some of the most significant stressors mentioned. This booklet was initially developed to be used as part of…

Basics of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disorder, causes much more than damage to the lining of the joints. This disease can seriously damage the skin, eyes, lungs, heart, and blood vessels. The joint damage can progress to bone erosion and joint deformity. Learn more the basics about rheumatoid arthritis, the diagnosis, and the medications and lifestyle changes…

Yes, Breakfast Still Matters

The Problem With Research Is breakfast truly the most important meal of the day? Unfortunately, many studies carried out to answer this question have different definitions of what constitutes breakfast and skipping breakfast. The methods used to correlate nutrient consumption and breakfast with overall diet quality are also inconsistent. However, the evidence remains strong that…

Simple Swaps Quiz

Test your nutrition knowledge with this quiz, proving that small changes can lead to big results.

Will Elderberry Prevent Illness?

Background Elderberry (Sambucas nigra) contains flavonoids, including quercetin and anthocyanidins. It is most often used for influenza, the common cold, and general immune stimulation. It is noted for its cardiovascular, anti-inflammatory, and immune-stimulatory properties. Buyer Beware Elderberry tablets, capsules, syrups, and gummies are considered an herbal supplement and are therefore not FDA-approved. The potency and…

Brush Up On Your Oral Health

Most everyone knows that poor oral care can result in tooth decay and gum disease, but did you know that your oral health is linked to your diabetes and heart disease risk? Plaque is a bacteria-laden film that can accumulate on your teeth and gums if you aren’t diligent about brushing and flossing. This plaque…

Are You Overeating Healthy Food?

Marissa has decided to eat healthier after finding out that her cholesterol and blood pressure are elevated. She is also hoping to lose a few pounds on her new eating plan. Marissa is 5’7″ tall and weighs 155 pounds. Her dietitian advises that she: consume 1,800 calories/day limit her sodium to 1,500 milligrams (mg)/day eat…

Gut Check: Symptom Relief for Common Gastrointestinal Problems

In recent years, the public’s awareness of gastrointestinal problems and the microbiome have skyrocketed. An increasing understanding of the link between the gut and overall wellness has been a boon to the food and supplement industry, some of which have been based on evidence, while others are a bit more questionable.  Irritable Bowel Syndrome IBS…

HRAs, HSAs, and FSAs…Oh My!

All of these are accounts that can be used to reduce your taxes and help pay for medical, prescription, dental, and vision expenses.  An HRA is a Health Reimbursement Account. Ownership Your employer owns your HRA, and only your employer can fund an HRA. The money that your employer contributes to your HRA account can’t…