Ask the Dietitians

Are Fast Food Chicken Sandwiches Healthier than Burgers?

By Mary Parsons, MS, RD When faced with so many options at the drive-through, fast food options, a fast food chicken sandwich may seem to be the obvious choice for a health-conscious diner – but in reality, it’s not quite so black-and-white. Let’s start by looking at the numbers… the developers behind your favorite fast food menus …

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Fresh or Frozen?

Question: “What’s the big deal about fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables? Can’t you get the same nutrients from frozen?” It’s really a matter of personal preference. From a nutritional point of view, you’re right….fruits and vegetables that are frozen shortly after being picked retain about as many vitamins and minerals as freshly picked and eaten …

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Is it True That I Shouldn’t Eat Pesto Because it is High in Fat?

Ingredients such as the olive oil and pine nuts are higher in calories, because they have a high fat content. However, what makes this food considered “healthy” is that the fat is unsaturated. Pesto is a delicious sauce often made from basil, olive oil, garlic, Parmesan cheese and pine nuts. All of these ingredients have health benefits and …

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What About Carbs?

By Mary Parsons, MS, RD Nutritional needs are very individual and can vary considerably based on personal medical history, lab results and other factors. Your cardiologist has helped you to identify some issues, but for in-depth help with nutrition, we recommend requesting a referral to add a registered dietitian to your treatment team. That being said, in …

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Will Going Gluten-Free Help me Lose Weight?

For the average individual who doesn’t have celiac disease or a sensitivity to gluten, following a gluten-free diet is probably not necessary. Q: Will going gluten-free help me lose weight? A: The demand for gluten-free products is growing, and many consumers might find themselves at the grocery store wondering if they should purchase the gluten-free alternative to …

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Where Can I Find the Calories for a Fish Nugget Dinner?

The amount of calories and other nutrient levels for a fish nugget dinner can vary widely from one restaurant to the next. Calorie levels for menu items are affected by a number of factors, including the recipe, any accompanying side dishes, specific ingredients, quantities and cooking preparation. For example, one restaurant may choose to marinate …

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