Healthful Bread: How to Choose One

Have you been searching for a healthful bread? Join the club! There are a dizzying number of breads to choose from in the average grocery store. These tips will help you to choose one that is worth your money! “Made with Whole-Grain” is No Guarantee If a package states that a food is “made with…

Flour Power: Choosing the Best Option for You

Options Are a Good Thing Children born today would be shocked to learn that only 20 years ago, the average grocery store carried just two or three varieties of flour. You might find all-purpose, cake, and whole-wheat varieties at larger supermarkets. As a result, individuals with celiac disease (experts did not yet know about gluten…

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…

Gastrointestinal Problems: Symptom Relief

In recent years, the public’s awareness of gastrointestinal problems and the microbiome has 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. In contrast, others are a bit more questionable.  Irritable Bowel Syndrome…

Breathe Easy – COPD and Diet

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the umbrella term for emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and refractory asthma. These conditions result in stiffening, inflammation, and airway damage, limiting airflow and making breathing much more difficult. Symptoms include shortness of breath, frequent coughing, excessive phlegm production, wheezing, and tightness in the chest. COPD is one of those diseases…

Why the Term “Anti-Nutrients” is More Than A Little Misleading

Many people eat foods like white bread and white rice, which are refined low-nutrient foods, while avoiding healthful foods because they are afraid of the “anti-nutrients” in whole grains, beans, certain types of nuts, etc. This is upsetting to me because it’s absolutely unnecessary to avoid these foods. The notion that these foods are unhealthy…

20 Little-Known Facts About Diabetes

Diabetes – so many misconceptions, so little time! This complicated health problem is made even more challenging because it often travels with friends – other conditions, including kidney disease, heart disease, neuropathy, etc. How many of the facts below did you already know? By sharing what we learn, we can help others to avoid common…

The Cereal Conundrum

The cereal aisle keeps growing…and growing. Maybe you go straight for the tried and true, or perhaps you’re so overwhelmed that you grab the first box that you see, but it’s worth taking the time to check out some of the many choices available to you. Read these tips to learn how to quickly determine…

A Short Nutrition Quiz

Nowadays, you have to be an expert of sorts to walk through the grocery store, let alone scrutinize the news and wellness tips on social media.  Test your knowledge with this short quiz.  Q: True or False: A “whole grain” roll might contain only one teaspoon of whole-grain flour. A: True – a “whole grain”…

Do You Really Need to Add Corn Fiber and Protein to Your Coffee?

If you shop at Kroger, maybe you’ve come across the Cup Start Creamer. You might think, “Well, this looks delicious. Who doesn’t love ‘rich-tasting, creamy and satisfying coffee’? Moreover, it has 7 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber in a packet. Sign me up.” as you toss two boxes into your cart. You…