What is that ingredient? Soda edition

Have you ever read through an ingredient list and thought, what in the world is that? Well you're not alone. There are lots of ingredients that even the experts have to look up. In fact, as a dietitian, I find myself researching ingredients multiple times each week to better understand what they are and why these ingredients are added to particular foods. The next few weeks I will reflect on some of these ingredients that are used in the food consumers eat on a daily basis. These are ingredients that will be found in processed foods and drinks. This edition is focused on sodas in particular. I hope you enjoy and use this as push to kick that nagging soda habit, even if it is diet soda. The m

Why Health Matters

Maintaining, or striving for good health should be enough to make anyone stop smoking, abusing drugs, inflicting self-pain, eating fake foods, eating foods that promote poor health, etc. Basically anything that decreases one’s health. This can be a simple perspective; if you have poor health you will live a life that is compromised due to your health complications. The examples listed are all control points that anyone can address in order to improve or negatively impact their health. These are choices that can literally change an individual’s life. Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Poor health is usually a

Demand Change

Over the past thirty years there has been a unique pairing of an increased medical crisis, with a dramatic increase in processed food dependency seen by, but not limited to: rising medical costs, rates of obesity, medication costs, medication prescriptions, a rise in heat and eat foods, desserts, junk food, marketing for high cost medications, processed foods, and marketing for these foods. At the end of the day, these are huge gains in large companies that spend millions on lobbyists who have strategically incorporated their business interests with the functionality of newly developed policies and bills over the past fifty years. As a nation, we are seeing the repercussions of letting our h

Restaurant Nutrition Facts

Did you know all restaurant chains have the nutrition facts about the foods they serve posted on their websites, in addition to their menus? That means the public has full access to the information they need in order to determine what the nutrition value is in their meal selection. But let’s be real for minute....when was the last time you did that? If you are working on your diet, this is a habit I suggest picking up. To show you just how important it is to know, I've made three meal selections from a few popular restaurants. For those of you following a low carbohydrate diet, you will notice one meal is much higher than your daily carb intake. For those of you paying attention to calories,

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