Organic Labeling

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Organic food, once only available in health food stores, is now a mainstay in most grocery chains across the country. What does “organic” really mean? Are organic foods really healthier? In the United States, organic products must adhere to strict production and labeling requirements set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Organic Program….

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Healthy Snacks

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Just when the holiday season is over—we’re back on track with healthy eating and an exercise routine—Super Bowl Sunday arrives and often derails our best intentions. After Thanksgiving, Super Bowl Sunday is the day that Americans consume the most food, averaging 1,300 calories during the game itself—in addition to what already has been eaten before…

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Diet Soda

Diet sodas have become a popular alternative to high-calorie, sugar-laden beverages. According to the University of Texas Health Science Center, 59% of adult Americans report drinking diet soda regularly, to assist with weight control by decreasing calories and to reduce sugar consumption. However, recent research studies now indicate that diet drinks may not aid in…

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Caffeine – What’s the Buzz?

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If you are among more than 50% of Americans who drink caffeinated coffee daily, you may be confused by the roller coaster of studies that highlight caffeine’s benefits one day and outline risks the next day. Caffeine is both a naturally derived and synthetically-produced substance that stimulates the central nervous system. It is found in…

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Potassium – How it Affects You

Bananas, rich in potassium, have long been a nutritional staple, particularly after athletic pursuits. Eating a banana after vigorous exercise helps replace valuable electrolytes lost through sweating. Recent studies reveal other advantages to meeting the recommended daily allowance of potassium, found in a variety of fresh foods. Potassium is critical for maintaining the body’s fluid…

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