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BY Neva Cochran, M.S., R.D.N, L.D ON December 9, 2014
Sugar grabbed a lot of traditional news channel and social media headlines in the past year. But news about sweeteners wasn’t limited to the popular press. Several new studies were published in journals or presented at scientific conferences. Unfortunately, these were not always portrayed...
CATEGORIES: In the News, Studies
BY Shannon McNamara ON December 5, 2014
The last three months of the year hold a multitude of opportunities for overindulgence and weight gain – from Halloween treats to big Thanksgiving dinners to the champagne toast on December 31. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Americans gain one to two pounds on average during...
BY Shannon McNamara ON November 24, 2014
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, so I’m thinking about what’s going to be on the table this year. I love to carry on family traditions, so there will definitely be a roasted turkey with sausage stuffing as well as a side of oyster stuffing. But there are a few things we’ve found over the...
CATEGORIES: Holidays, Recipes, Sweeteners
BY Neva Cochran, M.S., R.D.N, L.D ON November 13, 2014
I recently returned from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Food and Nutrition Conference™ (FNCE®) in Atlanta. This annual event brought together nearly 10,000 registered dietitian nutritionists, exhibitors and speakers for a conference filled with educational sessions on new nutrition...
BY Shannon McNamara ON November 12, 2014
Caramel apples were always a special fall treat in our house. We would go to the apple orchard and pick the most perfect McIntosh apples we could find. The smell of the apples in the house would taunt my sister and me in anticipation of an afternoon in the kitchen making caramel.
BY Jessica Fishman Levinson, MS, RDN, CDN ON November 5, 2014
As a child, I remember being told “don’t believe everything you read/hear/see.” The advice holds true to this day, especially when it comes to news headlines. In particular, sensationalized nutrition headlines abound, leaving consumers confused and overwhelmed at supermarkets, restaurants and even...
CATEGORIES: Dietitian, Studies
BY Shannon McNamara ON August 7, 2014
There was a time when I would have paired southern style potato salad, baked beans, sweet gherkins, watermelon and a dessert with the BBQ ribs. I’m fortunate to have learned a few things about moderating sweeteners in my diet and glad that my kids’ palates have evolved as well as mine.
BY Neva Cochran, M.S., R.D.N, L.D ON July 8, 2014
The headlines shout: “Sugar is as addictive as cocaine!” Can this really be true? A quick Google search of “sugar addiction” yields over 500,000 results with countless stories in publications ranging from the Huffington Post to Psychology Today along with an array of books and plans to “cure” the...
CATEGORIES: Experts, Research, Studies
BY Rosanne Rust, MS, RDN, LDN ON January 15, 2014
Sugar continues to be in the news, with fructose often blamed as one of the causes of obesity and diabetes. The fact is, research shows that fructose is not responsible for increasing obesity rates, and improvements in health and weight management require a holistic approach using techniques that...
BY Carol Sloan, RDN ON December 27, 2013
Diet fads are always in the news, but at the end of the year the latest diet trends can rear their ugly heads as consumers make New Years’ resolutions to find ways to lose weight. Popular diets usually consist of cutting or reducing consumption of carbohydrates in food in the New Year. Carbohydrate...

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