A Tribute to the Tomato

It’s the time of year when anyone in your office who has a garden is bringing in the surplus of their harvest for their co-workers to pick through. The most likely item to be offered? Undoubtedly a tomato. Although it may seem rather plain, the humble tomato is both a nutritional dynamo and a key ingredient in numerous types of cuisine. First of all, fresh tomatoes are a great source of several vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A, C, and K, as well as potassium. Potassium and vitamin A are of particular importance, as they’re commonly under-consumed by Americans. Like many fruits and vegetables, tomatoes are mostly water – 95%, to be exact. Rumors of tomatoes being a “high-sugar” pla

All About BMI

What’s your least favorite part of a clinic visit? I’d wager most people would pick stepping on the scale to be weighed, along with the accompanying BMI (body mass index) classification that’s relayed to you. What is BMI, why has it become the standard for classifying weight status, and how much information does it actually tell you? There’s actually a lot to unpack. BMI is really just a ratio of weight to height. It’s calculated by taking weight (in kilograms) divided by height (meters squared). The result is then classified into a category, either underweight (less than 18.5), “normal” weight (18.5-24.9), overweight (25-29.9) or obese (30 and up). Here’s a list of all the things that BMI d

Understanding Expiration Dates

Food waste is an enormous problem in our country. On a yearly basis, Americans waste 165 billion dollars’ worth of edible food. To be clear, this is wasted food that is perfectly safe to eat. Another way to look at it is that half of the food produced for consumption in the United States is ultimately thrown away. There’s a long list of causes for this problem, but one that can be addressed directly by us, the consumers, is our understanding of expiration dates on food packaging. Too often, we simply see a listed date on a packaged food item, check the calendar to see that date has passed, and discard the food without considering any more information. The first piece of information to be awa

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