Whole Grain Vs Whole Wheat Vs Multigrain
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by Andy the RD
1M ago
Hello everyone! Today’s featured content is brought to you in partnership with Grimm’s Fine Foods. Grimm’s prides themselves on premium ingredients, European tradition and a desire to meet consume needs across an expansive variety of products including high-quality meat products, tortillas, wraps, and snacks. In today’s post I’m going to be highlighting their organic multigrain tortilla, pictured below, as a means to start the conversation around the difference between wholegrain, wholewheat and multigrain products. It just so happens that Grimm’s multigrain tortilla is both wholegrain and mul ..read more
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Introducing AMIA – The Snack For Migraine Sufferers
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by Andy the RD
2M ago
Migraine is one of the most common and rapidly growing neurological disorders globally with emerging data suggesting that over a billion people each year are affected. Multi-faceted in nature, there is no one size fits all solution for migraine sufferers but there certainly is growing interest around the role that food and nutrition might play in reducing both the frequency and severity of migraine. Did You Know? Long gaps between meals, meal skipping and unaddressed hunger is the second most commonly reported (57%) migraine trigger – behind only stress. Slightly further down the list, reporte ..read more
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Introducing ÄRA – Protein Powder For Hot Coffee
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by Andy the RD
2M ago
I’m very excited to introduce you guys to a brand new product from my newest collaboration partners Magnum Essentials that’s going to allow you to boost the taste, texture and protein content of your next cup of coffee. Meet ÄRA – a protein powder formulated for use in hot coffee. My regular readers will know me as someone who has spent a great deal of time researching and writing about the numerous health benefits of moderate coffee intake. Today, I’ll explore some of the scientific and happily human benefits of incorporating this product in your daily routine.  The exploration will incl ..read more
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The Five Biggest Food Trends Of 2024 – My Thoughts
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by Andy the RD
3M ago
It’s been an absolute pleasure writing for you guys in 2023 and I truly hope that you’ve enjoyed reading my work as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it for you. With that said, I’m excited to be once again gazing through my nutrition binoculars to look ahead to 2024 and offer forward some commentary on the trends the new year is expected to usher in. And by nutrition binoculars, what I really mean is leveraging some exceptional market forecasting by the Whole Foods Market’s Trends Council recently released predictions. I went through each of their ten selections closely and was quite happy with wh ..read more
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Carbohydrate Guide For Athletes & Active People
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by Andy the RD
3M ago
Hello everyone! Today’s post is all about helping athletes of any level, including the average very active person, determine their dietary carbohydrate needs. I work with a significant number of people who fit this description across a number of demographics from teenagers and beyond. Two common trends I regularly observe include: A misunderstanding of the importance of carbohydrate for overall health and athletic performance A measurable underconsumption of carbohydrate-rich food which is likely causing a decrease in performance Naturally, I don’t love to see that – although I do love helping ..read more
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Elderberry & Vitamin C For The Common Cold
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by Andy the RD
3M ago
Hello everyone! Elderberry, scientifically known as Sambucus nigra, is a flowering plant from which supplemental extracts are often made. It is an anthocyanin-rich purple berry that grows in many of the warmer regions of the world. Supplemental elderberry extracts are often marketed as an immune boosting supplement, and the goal of today’s article is to further explore the scientific validity of that sentiment. The United States National Center For Complimentary And Integrative Health makes the following claim: “Some preliminary research suggests that elderberry may relieve symptoms of flu or ..read more
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FODMAP Friendly Tips To Boost The Gut Microbiome
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by Andy the RD
4M ago
FODMAPs are a family of food components that are not well absorbed in the small intestine and generally end up being fermented in the colon by our gut bacteria. Their capacity to be fermented contributes positively to the gut microbiome, but can also cause digestive discomfort in some populations – which is why the strategic use of a low FODMAP diet to determine specific sensitivity to these compounds is a primary management strategy for IBS. The prolonged or inappropriate use of low FODMAP eating or the need to avoid or minimize several different types of FODMAP containing foods could both ne ..read more
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My Nutrition Philosophies – Part II
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by Andy the RD
4M ago
If you’ve yet to read part I of this series, you can do so here. Let’s keep the party going. Today’s content is a little bit spicier, hope you enjoy it. The concept of “serving size” kind of doesn’t exist but it kind of does I wanted to include this principle because so many clients are curious about figuring out the right “serving size” for their meals and snacks. On some level it is obvious that the quantity of food one consumes is a relevant concept. If I want to put on 5 pounds of muscle, and I need around ~3,000 calories a day to do so – I’d better understand what that amount of calories ..read more
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My Nutrition Philosophies – Part I
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by Andy the RD
4M ago
Nearly a decade into my career as a private practice dietitian, there could hardly be a better time than now to put virtual pen to paper and express to you some of the broader nutrition philosophies I’ve developed during that period of time. Those who have worked with me over the years will find familiarity in what I’m about to say next, while I’d like to think potential clients, as well as nutrition students and my colleagues alike will read the paragraphs to come with some interest. Here they are then, presented in no particular order. Many styles of eating can work, but I don’t necessarily ..read more
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Fatty Liver Disease Increases Cancer Risk
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by Andy the RD
4M ago
I consider fatty liver disease to be the disease of tomorrow that’s already here today. The acclaimed Lancet journal recently looked at the global prevalence of NAFLD and concluded not only that it was higher than previously estimated, but also that it was increasing at an “alarming” rate. Their work suggested that nearly 40% of men around the world are currently living with a fatty liver. Men are much more likely than women to be affected by fatty liver disease, although it remains a relevant concern for both sexes. Now if you aren’t clear on what fatty liver disease is, or how it arises ..read more
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