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Why including processed foods helps you eat a healthier diet

Instead of writing off all processed foods as bad, certain processed foods offer valuable nutrients as well as convenience   How many times have you heard this advice: “Avoid processed foods;” “Only shop the perimeter of your grocery store;” or “All processed foods harm your health.” This well-intentioned but misleading nutritional advice does us no…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Jul 21, 2020

It’s a Berry Good Time of Year

If a grocery store advertisement read – “Today’s special: a food low in calories, no fat, full of fiber, may help prevent diseases, aids in weight loss and taste delicious” – would you buy it?  I would hope so as this ad is talking about one of the most healthful foods nature provides – berries….

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Jul 7, 2020

Carbohydrates are not your enemy – 5 healthy carbs your body needs

Healthy sources of carbohydrates are a mainstay of your diet – you can’t live without them    If you’re confused over carbohydrates, join the club.  It’s either you’re for carbs or against them with little room for somewhere in the middle.  Some people associate carbohydrates with sugar. Yes, sugar is a carbohydrate but so are…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Jun 23, 2020

Powerhouse Pantry Staples for Making Meals Easy

9 indispensable items for a well-stocked pantry   Whether coming home from a long day at work or a jam-packed day at home, preparing a nutritious meal can be challenging. But it doesn’t have to be. That’s why a well-stocked pantry is your ultimate dinner solution.  Having pantry-ready essentials on hand makes meal preparation a…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Jun 8, 2020

The sweet sensation of spring strawberries

Spring strawberries – what’s not to love? There’s more to this ruby-red fruit than meets the eye – they’re the first fruit to ripen in the spring, they are a member of the rose family, and one cup of strawberries is packed with more vitamin C than an orange – 55 milligrams compared to 85…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | May 13, 2020

Top 20 antioxidant-rich foods fighting off free radicals

You know the drill – eat a wide variety of healthy foods, especially fruits and vegetables for good health. But maybe you’re limited on or you may be “picky,” eating only certain types of produce.  Yet to ward off illnesses or disease, if you had to choose the very best supporting good health, which should…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | May 4, 2020

Are you under-consuming these key nutrients?

Let’s start with what many Americans over consume each day – excess sodium, unhealthy fats, and an abundance of overly sugary carbohydrates.  This barrage of overabundance over time can be a major detriment to our health. But what about nutrients we under consume also setting the stage for future health problems?  Scientists with the National…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Apr 21, 2020

Food’s fight in battling chronic inflammation

Inflammation – good or bad – is how your body responds to protect itself. Inflammation can be “good” such as when you body’s fighting off harmful microbes in response to irritation, an injury, or an infection.  For example, you cut your finger. Immediately, your immune system sends white blood cells to the affected area causing…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Apr 7, 2020

What to know about food safety and COVID-19

News on COVID-19 has overtaken our lives like no other worldwide event in many, many years. From vigilant hand washing to practicing social distancing, no one has been spared the magnitude this unseen virus has unleashed. Many are questioning, what about food safety? Can COVID-19 be transmitted through eating and what can we do protecting…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Mar 27, 2020

Beat back COVID-19 with foods boosting immune health

As Coronovirus (COVID-19) continues to crisscross the globe, each of us should do our part to help stop the spread of this potentially deadly virus. Aside from vigilant hand washing, covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, avoiding touching your mouth, nose, and eyes, and staying home when sick, a strong immune system is…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Mar 9, 2020