How Much is Too Much? — Thoughts from the New Dietary Guidelines

Today, the federal government issued its much-anticipated update to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.  For a read of the new guidelines, click here.

Most of the new guidelines sound familiar: eat more fruits and vegetables, consume more seafood and whole grains, and  cut down on salt, refined grains, sodium, saturated fats, and trans fats.

One new recommendation stands out: we should limit added sugar consumption to no more than 10% of daily calories.

How much added sugar amounts to 10% of daily calories?  Continue reading

The Debate on Healthy School Lunch – A Year in Review

12-26-2015.Image1It has been almost three years since the enactment of Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in January 2012. Under this rule, schools are required to increase the availability of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat fluid milk in school meals; reduce the levels of sodium, saturated fat and trans-fat in meals; and meet the nutrition needs of school children within their calorie requirements. How has this rule affected the students across the country? What is the reality of today’s school lunch systems in America?  Continue reading

A Special Blessing – Fresh Salad with Fast Kiwi-Banana Dressing

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There are many wonderful ways to make salad dressings. Traditional salad dressings are often oil or vinegar based with salt and pepper added. For those who are health sensitive, dressings made from fresh fruits without oil, vinegar, salt, or pepper may be an appealing alternative.

Today, I made a salad dressing from fresh kiwi and banana—within five minutes. Before I started, I was more concerned with the nutrition facts than the taste. It would certainly be healthier, but would it be as flavorful as the traditional dressings? I was not sure.

Guess what? I was in for a delightful surprise.  Continue reading

Do You Want To Be A King And A Prince?—Common Bad Eating Habits Among High School Students

It’s one of those busy school days. You are summoned up from bed by the alarm clock, barely having enough time to wash your face and brush your teeth before Eat1you rush to the school. You tell yourself and everyone: I do not have time for breakfast. When you get hungry in the later part of the morning, you gobble up a bag of potato chips while rushing between classrooms during the break. By lunch time, your stomach is full and you now do not have an appetite for lunch—the school lunch is not palatable anyway, plus you have club meetings at lunch time. You skip the lunch with perfect justifications.

The routine above may be common among your peers, but it reveals a serious, health-threatening problem among high school students. Continue reading