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Lead has been getting a lot of attention in the media recently. Questions linger about lead’s impact on health and ways in which we get exposed to it. To set the record straight, we spoke to a leading expert on pediatric health and nutrition, Dr. Keith Ayoob, Ed. D., associate clinical professor in...
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Lead is one of a number of naturally occurring minerals that’s present within the environment around us.  It’s present in the air we breathe, water we drink, and the soil where plants grow.  Because of this, trace levels of lead can be detected in various plant-based food and beverage products....
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My dad does most of the grocery shopping. He did while I was growing up, and he still does for my mom and for my brothers and sisters who live at home. But, even though he grills sometimes, my dad doesn’t really cook (spoiler: my mom does most of it). And, actually, if I had to guess, I would say...
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Did you know that water is an essential nutrient? While it’s always important to drink enough fluids to stay hydrated, this habit becomes especially important in the summertime. It’s hot and sweaty out there, which means our bodies are losing water to keep us cool.   Drinking water when you feel...
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We invite you to meet Julie Hess, this year’s Sylvia Rowe Fellow. Julie is finishing her Ph.D. in human nutrition at the University of Minnesota and has bachelors’ degrees in English and French from the University of Texas at Austin. Part of her motivation to return to school for a graduate degree...
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What are the REAL facts about conventional and organic foods? - ProProfs » Quiz from ProProfs
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The term “citrus greening” might sound harmless at first. “Citrus” refers to fruits like oranges, tangerines, and grapefruit. These fruits pack a punch for your vitamin C fix. But when we are ready to eat these fruits, green is not the color you are looking for (an orange should be orange, of...
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Slime is typically linked to snails, Ghost Busters, and Nickelodeon pranks. It probably is not something you want to eat or even think is in your hamburger, even if it is pink instead of the usual slime-green color. So, calling beef “slime” is not likely appetizing in any way. But, unfortunately, a...
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Registered Dietitian (RD): a food and nutrition expert who goes through rigorous academic and clinical nutrition training, culiminating in a standardized exam. When it comes food and health advice, RD's will give you the facts, but have you ever wondered what these health nuts have in their bags?...
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You know that first day of school feeling, when you walk into a large, new room and suddenly don’t know where to sit? Unsure if it’s safe to dive into a center aisle, you choose to sit along perimeter because you’ll be less confused on the outside. That’s how I used to feel when I entered a grocery...
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What is lead? Lead (Pb) is a naturally occurring mineral that’s found throughout our environment.  In the U.S., we are exposed to lead through a number of sources including soil, air, water, dust and paint.  At much smaller levels, lead can be detected in many plant based foods and beverages. How...
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With the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life, sometimes it seems nearly impossible to eat intentionally (especially when some of your meals are on the go!). Nevertheless, research shows that mindful eating can lead to greater awareness of how and why you are eating. This enhanced awareness may...
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What are Legumes? Legumes are the edible fruits, pods, or seeds of plants from the pea family Leguminosae. Sounds fancy, but you’ll probably find them in every grocery store, a burrito, or hidden in the back of your kitchen pantry. The Leguminosae family includes beans, peas, and lentils. Why...
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From banana flour to quinoa flour, it can be hard to keep up with all these new, trendy flours. Sorting out the potential cooking, baking and health benefits they all offer can be overwhelming. But exotic flours can be an exciting way to incorporate different flavors and nutrients into our favorite...
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In case you weren’t paying attention, some juicy news circulated recently. Courtesy of the American Association of Pediatrics (AAP), there are new recommendations on fruit juice consumption for infants, toddlers and adolescents. Juice has historically been a part of almost every child’s diet. But...

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