The True Story About Coconut Oil

By:Jennifer Bryant, MS, RD, LD, CDE Recently, you have probably heard some buzz about how coconut oil is truly a healthy fat.  You have perhaps even heard promises that it will help you lose weight, look younger, and that it may cure many of your diseases and health ailments.  You have also heard the opposite view that it is really not that great, and you shouldn’t be eating it.  What is the coconut oil’s true story? First, let me just say that I have “nothing to declare”.  I am not…

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It’s All About the Sugars

It’s all about the Sugars Jennifer Bryant, MS, RD, LD, CDE  So your friend told you that agave syrup has a lower glycemic index than sugar, and so you started buying it to put in your morning cup of coffee.  Your grandma tells you that honey will get rid of your cough, and your spouse is upset with you that you are spending more money on the sweetener that you think is better for you.  With so much conflicting information, how do you know what you should be consuming? About…

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7 Foods that are Surprisingly High in Calories

Just because a food is considered “healthy” doesn’t mean you can just eat as much of it as you want.  Here is a short list of some common foods viewed as “healthy” that can really sabotage your weight loss goals. Avocado Yes, it is full of healthy fats, vitamin E, and fiber, but if you eat a whole avocado, about 5 ounces edible weight, you just consumed about 230 Calories.  That is almost as much as a regular sized Snickers Bar at 250 Calories.  Of course, the avocado Calories are…

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Lactose Intolerance: 12 Things You Should Know

It affects roughly 1 in 10 adults in the U.S. Lactose is a form of sugar that occurs naturally in dairy products. Lactose is digested by the enzyme lactase. Lactase is available as a supplement to aid in digestion of foods containing lactose. All dairy products contain varying amounts of lactose. Lactose intolerance usually means you can tolerate SOME lactose. If you have lactose intolerance, you should still incorporate dairy into your diet as it is a good source of Calcium, Vitamin D, Vitamin A, Phosphorus, Potassium, Protein, and B Vitamins….

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So really…why aren’t French women Fat?

Does anyone remember the book “French Women Don’t Get Fat” by Mirielle Guiliano? Well I have some of my own insights from living in Europe for 1 month now. I am not in France, but I am sure there are some similarities. First, in Ireland, gas costs about $10 per gallon, this encourages people to walk more or ride their bikes to get places. Even taking the bus requires more energy to walk to and from the stops. It is also easier to take public transportation here. Second, most of…

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