Live longer by spicing up your meals

You may recognize jalapeno, cayenne, serrano and Thai as varieties of peppers known to flavor spicy dishes across the globe.  While these little fruits bring the heat to plates worldwide, they also pack big nutrition and health value in managing ulcers and weight loss!

Dad’s influence on kids nutrition – Before and after birth!

In the realm of feeding children – does anyone know who came up with the “airplane” or “choo choo train” method?  While it feels like something dad would do, we can’t prove it – two studies however suggest more verifiable ways father does contribute to a child’s health and diet – before and after conception.

The bright side to eating at home

The beauty of home cooking is that there is no one right way to do it. Whether you lean on culinary shortcuts like salad kits to make easy and flavorful meals or if you’ve been baking up a storm – there may be a silver lining to it all, especially when it comes to our health.

Eat more of these to feel less anxious!

If we made a list of the health benefits of fruits and vegetables, it’s safe to say – it would be very long! From living longer to helping achieve and maintain a healthy weight, all forms of fruits and vegetables offer consistently positive nutrition benefits, but a new study suggests our produce friends can also help with anxiety. 

Citrus spotlight

Citrus is seasonal, grown in warm to hot climates and is gathered between Dec and May.  Harvest varies by variety, but the general consensus is that it tastes it’s sweetest during the seasonal picking window.

Fruit freebies: Small giveaways make large impact

A study gives the phrase “an apple a day” a whole new meaning. Researchers from Penn State found that organizations offering free fruit such as apples and bananas at lunchtime resulted in a significant reduction in depression and improved confidence at work!

Lutein for learning?

Spinach and avocadoes have been getting all the love lately! The buzz goes way beyond staying physically fit; we’re talking about staying cognitively fit too! New research suggests that people who had higher lutein stores had neural responses that were more on par with younger individuals than with peers.

Start your kettles for bone health

There is ongoing controversy over whether or not drinking tea contributes to osteoporosis. Currently it’s recommended to consume tea and other caffeine containing beverages in moderation as they may decrease calcium absorption which contributes to bone loss. However, an updated meta-analysis may poke holes in that recommendation.   

Peanut Protection

Peanuts pack a powerful punch. According to a study published in The Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging, you may be able to duck cognitive decline with nuts – think walnuts, peanuts, or almonds. Resveratrol, a naturally occurring bioactive compound is believed to improve blood flow to brain and may also be responsible for cognitive improvement.

Welcome Winter

Winter means dropping temperatures outside but warming up with satisfying one pot dishes, holiday specialties and comfort foods inside! With the increased pace and endless opportunities to celebrate with confections and cocktails, winter is prime time for weight gain. The DNI’s registered dietitian, Melanie Dwornik, offers us some helpful advice to making this season a success.  

Pumpkin seeds for your pumper

Zinc is a mineral found in oysters, lentils, clams, cashews and pumpkin seeds! It’s an important nutrient, supporting immunity, healthy skin, cell structure, reproduction and new research suggests zinc levels may help the heart handle damage from free radicals.  

Stunning star berry

A recent study says: Just one cup of blueberries a day could lower cardiovascular disease risk by 15%.  Easy to eat and keeps your mind, body and heart in good condition – that makes this berry a star in our book. 

Family meal time serves dual health purpose

One of the primary ways children learn is by seeing and imitating their parents’ behavior – especially when it comes to meal times. Research shows when families eat together, everyone eats better. Be a positive food role model for your kids with these tips.

Father’s lifestyle important to offspring’s health

We know a Mother’s diet plays a large role in the development of a baby during pregnancy but let’s give Dad some credit too. Studies have recognized that a man’s diet and parenting style contributes to a child’s development and overall health and weight gain.

Fruits and vegetables for life’s changes

Getting older can’t be avoided. Women in particular experience unpleasant hot flashes, mood swings, night sweats which are common during menopausal life changes. A recent study suggests that certain diet patterns could result in either more severe, or even fewer negative symptoms.    

Feel full with plant protein

Rather grab a cheeseburger or a veggie burger? When it comes to the best saturation, protein may play the crucial role! This is shown by a current study which relates in particular to vegetable protein.

Go raw: Eating uncooked produce is good for the mind

Fruits and vegetables are essential in a balanced diet to maintain weight and avoid chronic disease. Research out of The University of Otago, New Zealand took a closer look to see how cooked or processed fruits and vegetables stack up against raw.  

The overnight fast

What is intermittent fasting? And does it really work? Now, another study adds to the body of evidence, suggesting that condensing daily eating hours may be effective in creating fat loss.