• Olive oil is a healthy fat.

    The Ketogenic Diet: A Better Understanding

    By this point, as is par the course with many diets, you have most likely heard plenty of ranting and raving over the ketogenic diet. Although this diet has historically been used to treat a variety of conditions, with the most notable being epilepsy, its popularity in recent years stems from the additional health benefits that people seem to experience on this diet. Before electing to follow a keto diet, however, you may want to know more. Why are carbohydrates so limited? What is ketosis and how is it maintained? What are some of the health benefits of this diet? Read on for a comprehensive breakdown of what the ketogenic…

  • Eating Healthy for Type 2 Diabetes

    Diabetes mellitus is a metabolic disorder that is characterized by imbalances in insulin response leading to abnormal blood sugar levels. There are two types of diabetes mellitus: type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disorder in which the body attacks and destroys the cells that are responsible for producing insulin. This causes a person to be at risk for hyperglycemia because without insulin, blood sugar levels cannot be adequately controlled. With this type of diabetes, there is no current cure and treatment is lifelong. Type 2 diabetes is a disease resulting from insulin resistance and altered insulin response. This type of diabetes generally occurs in those…

  • Natural alternatives to sugar.

    7 Sweet Alternatives to Sugar and their Benefits

    Sugar – we love it, we hate it, we just can’t seem to stay away from it. The thing is, all carbohydrates in nature, from fruits to vegetables to sweeteners, contain sugars. Simple carbohydrates, such as those found in fruit, milk, sweets and soda, are very easily broken down by the body and can provide quick spurts of energy. Complex carbohydrates, such as those found in whole grains, vegetables, and beans, take longer for the body to break down and therefore provide longer-lasting energy. As you can see, many of these sugars can have a place in a healthy, well-rounded diet. However, we are discovering more and more that quite…

  • Nutrient deficiencies in older adults

    Nutrients of Concern for Older Adults

    Unfortunately, as we grow older our bodies become more vulnerable to nutrient concerns due to the changes associated with aging. These changes can range from physiological to social to everything in-between, and can afflict any of us as we age. Diseases and illnesses, poor eating habits, lack of adequate social contact, and economic hardships are a few of the major reasons that an older adult may face concerns about their nutrition. This article explores some of the most common age-associated nutrient deficiencies and concerns, as well as some of the foods to be aware of if you are trying to increase or decrease your consumption. Vitamin D RDA m/f 31-70:…

  • fats and lipids

    What are Fats?

    This is an extended resource from our original article, What are Macronutrients (Part I) Fats, also called lipids, break down into a variety of important compounds in the body. And I know, I know – “ahh, fats!” Don’t run screaming. Fats are not only an important source of energy for cells, but they also serve in crucial functional roles, as well. Fats are classified into two groups: simple lipids and compound lipids. There are also two more groups of lipids, called derived lipids and ethyl alcohol, which play functional roles in the body. The simplest lipids, called fatty acids, are an important physiological component of the human body. More importantly,…

  • Macadamia nuts as protein.

    What Are Proteins?

    Proteins are the most important nutritional macronutrient for life. Without carbohydrates, the body can synthesize energy from other places, such as fat – but without protein, and the amino acids that it breaks down into, human life as we know it cannot exist. Much in the same way that carbohydrates are composed of building blocks called simple sugars, proteins are composed of building blocks called amino acids. The 20 amino acids that are active in the human body can differ from each other in a variety of ways. They can differ in their structure, their electrical charge, or even how they interact with water. The most common and nutritionally important classification of…

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    The Gluten-Free Diet: Raising a Child with Celiac Disease

    This is an extended resource from our original article, The Gluten-Free Diet | Celiac Disease and non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity If your child has been diagnosed with celiac disease, early treatment and dietary interventions can greatly improve health outcomes from childhood through adulthood. Arm yourself and your child with the facts about celiac disease, the dos and don’ts, and the desire to get creative with your eating habits! What is Celiac Disease? Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system attacks the lining of the small intestine upon consumption of gluten, a protein that can be found in wheat, rye, or barley and their respective products. Due to this immune…