An Apple A Day…

I recently conducted an experiment on Google. I gave myself five minutes and Googled the phrase “bad foods”. I like to try these types of “experiments” to see what the average consumer of nutrition information might find when exposed to the vast expanses of the Internet. Unsurprisingly, many of the foods I found categorized as “bad” are actually very nutritious. Oatmeal, olive oil, asparagus, beans, nuts, garlic…all were classified as “bad” foods by one source or another on my five minute trip down the Google rabbit hole. One food, however, seemed to come up far more often than I expected and bothered me more than most of the others: apples. Have we really reached the point where people worr

Ask the RCW Dietitian: Glycemic Index

Is there a benefit in calculating the glycemic index of a food? I read that having cheese pizza, a low glycemic index food, would be good for weight loss. Is that true? The glycemic index rates foods with carbohydrates based on their effects on blood glucose (also known as blood sugar). The index uses a 1-100 scale – the lower a food’s glycemic index is, the less impact it has on blood glucose. A 50 gram serving of pure glucose has a value of 100 and serves as a reference for the other foods on the list. There are several problems with the use of glycemic index to evaluate the quality of food and its potential impact on weight. First of all, it uses a portion size for each food that provides

Nutrient in the Spotlight: Vitamin C

Why do you need vitamin C? Collagen production. Collagen is the primary connective tissue in the body, holding muscles, bones, ligaments, tendons, cartilage, and blood vessels together. In other words, it’s pretty important. Wound healing. Healing means building new tissue and new tissue means new collagen. Gum health. Damage to the gums is one of the first signs of scurvy, a vitamin C deficiency disease. Perhaps its most well-known function is in the immune system, as vitamin C stimulates the formation of antibodies to fight infection. Vitamin C works as an antioxidant to combat free radicals. If you’re unfamiliar with the term “free radicals”, just know that they damage your cells and that

The Importance of Eating Mindfully

Mindful eating is an important concept in developing a healthy, balanced relationship with food. The Center for Mindful Eating has some great resources on their website, along with an excellent definition of what mindful eating consists of: “Mindful Eating is allowing yourself to become aware of the positive and nurturing opportunities that are available through food selection and preparation by respecting your own inner wisdom. By using all your senses in choosing to eat food that is both satisfying to you and nourishing to your body, acknowledging your responses to food (likes, dislikes or neutral) without judgment, and becoming aware of physical hunger and satiety cues to guide your decis

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