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Food Preservatives

A food preservative is a substance added to foods to make them last longer; to “preserve” them. Preservatives are added to foods that go bad quickly and have found themselves in all kinds of products in our grocery stores.    Preservatives work to preserve food in a few different ways. Some prevent the growth of bacteria and mold. Others prevent delicate fats from going rancid.   There are so many preservatives out there. While preservatives added to foods should be “approved,” this doesn’t mean they’re guaranteed to be safe for everyone always. And it doesn’t mean that the food is healthy.    Foods with preservatives are more-processed, less-nutritious foods…

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How to Read the New Nutrition Facts Tables

  The Nutrition Facts table is on the side of most packaged foods. It’s often found close to the ingredient listing. The purpose of it is to help consumers make better nutrition decisions. When people can see the number of calories, carbs, sodium, etc. in food, they should be able to eat better, right? Whether you like the Nutrition Facts table or not, let’s make sure you get the most out of it, since it’s here to stay! Here’s my four-step crash course on reading the Nutrition Facts table. Step 1: Serving Size  The absolute most important part of the…

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Why the Scale Lies?

Losing weight and eating healthy is tough work and nothing can be more discouraging than getting on the scale and seeing a disappointing number flash across that screen. Never fear!  Just remember, from water retention to glycogen storage and to changes in lean body mass, daily weight fluctuations are normal and are not indicators of your successes or failures. When you’re watching your weight, daily weighing is unnecessary: but many of us can’t resist sneaking a peek at that number every morning. If you are using the scale to track your weight loss, try to weigh yourself only once a…

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