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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

Small weight loss leads to big health gains

Rates of obesity in the U.S. show little sign of slowing down.  In 2017 and 2018, more than four in 10 American adults, or 42.4% had obesity and over 9% had severe obesity according to a report from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. In 10 years, a 2019 study in the New England…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Mar 2, 2020

First-rate foods protecting liver health

One of the most fascinating organs in your body is your liver. But do you know how healthy it is? That’s a tough question to answer yet all of us would be wise to protect and preserve this vital organ. Next to your skin, the liver is the second largest organ in your body. Weighing…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Feb 17, 2020

Prioritizing the 3 pillars of wellness

Look up the definition of ‘wellness’ and there’s plenty to choose from.  “Making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life;” “Necessary to live a higher quality of life;” or “The quality or state of being healthy in body and mind, especially as the result of deliberate effort,” are all good examples depicting the essence of…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Feb 3, 2020

This is what the inside of a health-promoting refrigerator looks like

Before reading any further, get up, open your refrigerator and take a look inside. What did you see? A peek inside your refrigerator can be a revealing look at how well your health goals are being met. Is it clean, well-organized and stocked with plenty of healthy foods? Or is it more of a disarray…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Jan 17, 2020

Hydration still important during cold weather

Just because cold temperatures have arrived doesn’t mean keeping hydrated should be an afterthought. In fact, hydration is just as important in cold winter months as it is during hot, humid summer days. Likely you’re not breaking out in a noticeable sweat on a frosty winter day, but drinking a sufficient amount of water still…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Jan 2, 2020

Crazy for cranberries all year long

The Holidays are here and for Americans, cranberries will be front and center next to the Thanksgiving turkey or Christmas ham on dinner tables across the nation. Seeing beautifully displayed bags of cranberries in grocery stores this time of year, is a cherished reminder of this special season.  For being a top antioxidant-rich food, it’s…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Dec 12, 2019