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Studying Poop Samples, Scientists Find Clues on Health and Disease

Gut microbiomes have come into the media’s spotlight over the past few years. But have you ever wondered what your gut’s microbiome actually is and why it’s important? A microbiome is defined as microorganisms in a particular environment, in this case, your intestines. Not everyone has the same types of microorganisms in their gut. Some …

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Whose Nutrition Advice Should I Follow?

In this day and age of social media, there is a growing concern among health and nutrition experts about the integrity and accuracy of information available.  Individuals are increasingly trusting in and following recommendations by celebrities or “nutrition experts” with little to no training.  These recommendations are often more hype than science.  While these “experts” …

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Can Chain Restaurants be Healthy Choices for Eating Out?

Question: Can chain restaurants be healthy choices for eating out? Yes!  Chain restaurants, like almost every other restaurant, can be a healthy choice when it comes to eating out.  Healthy Dining’s team of registered dietitians always recommends avoiding the “healthy restaurant” trap.  Most restaurants offer a spectrum of menu choices – from the great to …

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Healthy Eating at Restaurants Has a Whole New Look

January 18, 2018By Anita Jones-Mueller, MPH, and Sara Lucero There’s a new trend in healthy eating and restaurant dining, and it is leaving behind restriction and deprivation in favor of savoring great meals at restaurants that support a healthy lifestyle. Once upon a time, Americans ate at restaurants without considering nutrition or health, but now …

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Are Purple Carrots Healthier? Nutrition, Benefits, and Uses

Carrots are tasty vegetables that come in a variety of colors. Purple carrots are especially eye-catching and provide unique health benefits specific to purple fruits and vegetables. Courtesy of Healthline All types of carrots are highly nutritious, but purple carrots are especially rich in powerful antioxidants known to fight inflammation and benefit certain health conditions. …

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