Bare Fruit: The Next Best Thing to Fresh Fruit

Bare Fruit: The Next Best Thing to Fresh Fruit

It’s better to eat your fruit than to drink it. And it’s usually better to eat fresh fruit than canned or dried fruit. But Bare Fruit Crunchy Apple Chips throws this recommendation on its head…because these dried fruit chips are actually as good for you as real, whole apples. Whereas most apple chips (and most … Read more

Dragon Fruit: Tropical Fiber

Dragon Fruit: Tropical Fiber

If you’re looking to boost your tropical fruit knowledge base, check out dragon fruit. Also known as pitaya or pitahaya, these leathery football-shaped fruits come in three varieties: red skin with red flesh, red skin with white flesh, and yellow skin with white flesh. The red skin with red flesh is considered to be the … Read more

5 a Day Could Save Your Life

5 a Day Could Save Your Life

Hot on the tail of news showing that Americans are living longer but not necessarily better lives, comes a large study from Sweden linking fruit and vegetable intake with overall mortality. The study, published in the August edition of the Journal of Clinical Nutrition followed over 71,000 Swedish adults for a period of 13 years. … Read more

Snacking: Fruit is First

Snacking: Fruit is First

According to the market research firm NPD and their Snacking in America report, the top 3 snack foods in the US are: Fresh fruit Chocolate Potato chips That’s right people – fresh fruit beat out chocolate and potato chips as the most popular snack in America! More data from the report found that: Snacks account … Read more

12 Fabulous Fiber Finds

12 Fabulous Fiber Finds

Here are 12 fiber finds to check out: 1 – Pears – most fruits have 2-4 grams of fiber per serving, but a large pear clocks in at 7 grams. How to know when your pear is ready? “Check the neck” says USA Pears. 2 – Lentils – these powerful legumes are packed with fiber. … Read more

Produce Pump-Ups

Produce Pump Ups

The Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics offers the following ideas to get you packing your plate with nutrient-dense, lower calorie fruit and vegetable options: Begin with Breakfast Wake up to fruit; make a habit of adding fruit to your morning oatmeal, ready-to-eat cereal, yogurt or toaster waffle Mix up a breakfast smoothie made with low-fat … Read more

Organic: Good, Not Great

Organic: Good, Not Great

While there certainly remains a number of convincing arguments for buying organic produce – you may be surprised to learn they don’t have to do with nutrition. A review article to be published in the forthcoming issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine found that organic fruits and vegetables do not contain significantly higher contents … Read more

Finally: a Fiber Report Card

Finally: a Fiber Report Card

Nutrition screeners are a great way to obtain a quick snapshot of the adequacy of a particular person’s nutrient or dietary intake. They can be used in many settings: for weight loss, education, as part of a larger nutrition assessment, or just for fun to figure out how you stack up to recommended intake levels. … Read more

Peeled Snacks – Packin’ Fiber

Peeled Snacks – Packin’ Fiber

You know the feeling – the, “How did I not know about these/that?!” feeling…right now, Peeled Snacks are my these/that snack! I first read about Peeled Snacks in an Inc. Magazine article blurb entitled “The Small Joys of Family Business”. The next day, I saw them at a Starbuck’s in Hoboken, NJ; and later that … Read more

Kids Now Need Cholesterol Screening

Kids Now Need Cholesterol Screening

The American Academy of Pediatrics recently endorsed the new National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute’s (NHLBI) recommendation to begin screening children for high cholesterol as early as age 9. While the importance of early detection of cardiovascular disease – the number one killer of Americans – cannot be understated, these recommendations do not come without … Read more