The Decades-Old Debate: Butter vs. Margarine vs. Oils

For many many years, we have had an ongoing debate on what type of fats are best for our health. First I will start off by saying that fat is an important part of a healthy and well-balanced diet. In fact, for healthy individuals, around 20-35% of our calories should be coming from fat sources. There is a hierarchy of fats to keep in mind. We have our heart healthy fats: mono and polyunsaturated fatty acids or MUFAs and PUFAs. We have our saturated fats, those that come mainly from animal sources, but also from tropical oils like coconut oil and palm oil. Then we have trans fats, one of the few items I encourage my patients to avoid at all costs due to the negative role they play on our cho

What is Bone Broth and Should I Try It?

So, what’s this craze with bone broth? Over the past few years, the diet trend surrounding bone broth has been growing. There have been many claims made about the powers of this dish from boosting your immune system to improving joint function to detoxing your liver. But is there any validity behind these claims? First of all, what is bone broth? Short answer: it’s just stock! And therefore, there are many ways to prepare it; some ways are healthier than others. Generally speaking, it involves boiling bones of chicken, beef, pork, turkey or fish for a specific amount of time—usually 45 minutes to 2 hours. Most recipes also call for mirepoix or chopped celery, onions and carrots. All the othe

Grocery Shopping Tips: Staying On Track and On Budget

Many people believe that in order to eat healthy, you end up spending a lot of money. Well I am here to tell you that is not always the case. Eating a healthy, well-balanced diet can fit into everyones budget, when done right. So here are some dietitian approved tips for your next grocery trip: Shop in season: This helps control cost due to the higher availability of the produce Winter Apples, beets, bok choy, brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chard, collard greens, grapefruit, kale, leeks, lemons, lettuce, onions, oranges. parsnips, potatoes, pumpkins, rutabagas, spinach, sweet potatoes, turnips, winter squash Spring Apricots, artichokes, arugula, asparagus, beets, bok

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