12 Super Foods


  Article courtesy of Donna Hargrove, D.O., Nutrition Editor Important foods to choose often: Avocado – Folate, potassium, Vitamins C, B6 Broccoli – Vitamins A, C, calcium, folate Carrots – Vitamins A, C, B6 Omega 3 Eggs – High quality protein, choline Edamame – Protein, calcium, folate, Vitamins A, B Lentils – Folate, protein, Vitamin…

Dietary Iron


Most people think spinach when they hear about eating foods rich in iron (thanks Popeye!), but spinach is not the highest or best form of dietary iron. Why do you need iron? Read on……

To Carb or not to Carb?


Article courtesy of Donna Hargrove, D.O., FACOG – Nutritional Editor Poor carbohydrates; so misunderstood. Blamed for all the diet evils of the world including obesity and all it’s related health problems. So many people tell me they have cut carbohydrates out of their diet and then report that they are eating more salads and fresh…

Eating Right When You Have Cancer


Article courtesy of Jillian McKee, Outreach Center Director at the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance, Syracuse, NY Jillian McKee has worked as the Complementary Medicine Advocate at the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance since June of 2009. Jillian spends most her time on outreach efforts and spreading information about the integration of complementary and alternative medicine when used in…

Beets


Article courtesy of Donna Hargrove, D.O., Nutrition Editor I write about a lot of powerhouse vegetables, and the beet ranks among the top of the list, but it also has some unique properties unlike other top-of-the-list veggies.

Servings vs Portions


Article courtesy of Donna Hargrove, D.O., Nutrition Editor Is the fish above a serving or a portion? If you place the whole fish on your plate it is a portion. Servings and portions are not created equal. The terms are often used interchangeably, but the meanings are very different and can make a big difference…

Shrimp


Article courtesy of Donna Hargrove, D.O, Nutrition Editor Little but big on taste and nutrition, shrimp (Caridea, swimming decapod crustaceans, as opposed to their crawling cousins the lobster and crayfish) are America’s favorite seafood, accounting for 30% of the seafood sold in the US.

Sweet Potatoes


Article courtesy of Donna Hargrove, D.O., Nutrition Editor This is a vegetable you want to eat often! They are inexpensive, satisfying and a powerhouse of health and nutrition. The sweet potato is one of the oldest and most nutritious of all vegetables, dating back to prehistoric times.

POTASSIUM


Article courtesy of Donna Hargrove, D.O., Nutrition Editor What is potassium and why do we need it? If you have had a GI illness or have been doing a lot of exercise, someone may tell you to increase foods rich in potassium. Why do these things cause your potassium to decrease? Where do you find…

The Glycemic Index and Glycemic Load


Article courtesy of Donna Hargrove, D.O., Nutrition Editor The glycemic index (GI) is a numerical system of measuring how much of a rise in circulating blood sugar a carbohydrate triggers–the higher the number, the greater the blood sugar response.  However, the GI is not based on commonly consumed portion-sizes of foods.  So by using the…

Organic vs Natural – Follow up


Back in July Dr. Hargrove posted an explanatory article about the difference between so called Natural Food products and Organic Products. As a follow up or addendum we are adding a new resource link to The Cornucopia Institute and their report on Natural vs. Organic, specifically cereals and granola’s, and the ongoing consumer confusion caused…

Magnesium


Article courtesy of Donna Hargrove, D.O., Nutrition Editor Magnesium is a very important mineral that our body requires on a daily basis in a fairly large amount. It is one of the six macrominerals (sodium, chlorine, potassium, calcium and phosphorus) that is essential for normal cellular activity, activating enzymes, contributing to energy production, regulating calcium,…

Vitamin B-12


Article by Donna Hargrove, D.O., Nutrition Editor Vitamin B-12 is a water soluble vitamin with a key role in the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system, and for the formation of blood. It is one of the eight B vitamins and the most complex. It is normally involved in the metabolism of every…

Avocados


Article courtesy of Donna Hargrove, D.O., Nutrition Editor The avocado, Persea americana, native to Central Mexico, is a fruit, specifically a berry (like the tomato), and is a powerhouse of nutrition and health. Avocados belong to the Laurel family of plants which also includes cinnamon, bay leaves, sassafras and camphor. Known by many in the…

Almonds


Article courtesy of Donna Hargrove, D.O., Nutrition Editor A Handful Can Make A Difference A little goes a long way when it comes to almonds, the most nutrient-dense nut ounce-for-ounce.  A one-ounce serving of almonds (about 23) is an excellent source of vitamin E and magnesium, a good source of protein and fiber, and offers…

Barley


Article courtesy of Donna Hargrove, D.O., Nutrition Editor A Healthy Heart Solution Barley isn’t just for soup anymore.  This grain makes an excellent choice as the starring ingredient in main courses, side dishes, breakfast fare and more.  In addition to its versatility, barley is a nutritious food that’s high in fiber and low in fat. …

Why We Need Vegetables


Article courtesy of Donna Hargrove, D.O., Nutrition Editor Even though everyone knows that vegetables are good for you, 7 out 10 Americans still do not meet the daily recommendations for vegetables.  And, Americans are eating less today than 10 years ago.  Consumers say their main reasons for not getting enough vegetables are not liking the…

Important Foods during Pregnancy


Eggs – Choline, protein, omega 3 (DHA)- baby’s brain and nerve development – look for eggs high in omega 3. Salmon – High in omega 3 and low in mercury – excellent source of protein Beans – Have the most fiber and protein of any vegetables – rich in iron, folate, calcium, iron Sweet Potatoes…

The Harvard School of Public Health Food Pyramid


The following article is courtesy of The Harvard School of Public Health We can’t look at a pyramid these days without thinking of food and healthy eating. There was the U.S. government’s Food Guide Pyramid, followed by its replacement, My Pyramid, which was basically the same thing, just pitched on its side. The problem was…