Is High-Fructose Corn Syrup Worse For You Than Other Sugars?

Sugars Have More in Common Than You Might Think It’s not only high-fructose corn syrup that is composed of roughly equal parts fructose and glucose – most sweeteners are, as illustrated in the table below. Sweetener % Fructose Agave nectar 88% Apple juice concentrate 67% High fructose corn syrup 55% Grape juice concentrate 52% Orange…

Why You Need Leafy Green Vegetables

Anyone who’s ever read a book about nutrition has come across the term “leafy green vegetables.” You might even be tired of hearing the term so much, but there’s many good reasons for why it comes up in almost every conversation about nutrition and health. Here’s a quick rundown of what a leafy green vegetable…

Onions and Leeks: Free Handout and Recipes

Rarely a day goes by in my house without at least one onion being chopped. Onions, green onions, shallots, and leeks are part of the allium family, as is garlic. When someone references “globe onions,” they mean the round, large yellow, white, red, and sweet onions often bought in netted bags, as well as pearl…

Free Handout: Peripheral Artery Disease

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a common condition in which blood flow to the limbs is reduced as a result of narrowed arteries. Roughly 25% of males over the age of 80 have PAD. It is often caused by atherosclerosis (fatty buildup in the arteries). This animation from the American Heart Disease explains the condition…

Humor For Your Health: Is Your Funny Bone Broken?

The Health Benefits of Humor In the past year, humor has seemed a little harder to come across for most of us. Yet, laughter is precisely what we need when the going gets tough. Besides lightening a dark mood, making difficult conversations more comfortable, and helping us to bond with people we don’t know well,…

“Good” Cholesterol: What Foods Contain It?

Why We Need Some Cholesterol We need some cholesterol to make hormones, vitamin D, bile acids (necessary for digesting fat), and the membranes that line our cells. Since a specific amount is needed for good health, the liver manufactures 2 ½ to 5 times as much as we eat. The Cholesterol in Food Doesn’t Raise…

Is Canola Oil Really Toxic?

Canola oil is second in terms of monounsaturated fat in oils, bested only by olive oil. It is versatile and healthy. Unfortunately, myths and rumors have tarnished its image in recent years. Although some people may elect to choose unrefined, organic brands, it is my professional opinion that there is no reason to avoid this oil entirely….

Yes, Breakfast Still Matters: Here’s Why

The Problem With Research Is breakfast truly the most important meal of the day? Unfortunately, studies carried out to answer this question use different definitions of breakfast and skipping breakfast. The methods used in research are also inconsistent. Even so, the evidence remains strong that breakfast is vital for overall nutrient density, weight loss, heart…

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…

The Essential Guide to Zinc

In 1963, zinc was officially designated as an essential nutrient. It sure is! Our bodies can’t store zinc, so we have to consume enough zinc-rich food every day. Perhaps best known for it’s importance to the immune system, zinc is also involved in hundreds of enzymes needed for regulatory and metabolic functions. This handout about…