Jicama

6968782942_41a643b4c1_zJicama (pronounced hee-kah-ma) is an edible root that resembles a turnip.  It is part of the legume family and is also known as a yam bean, Mexican turnip, or Mexican potato.  Jicama is in season from December to June.

Jicama has thin brown skin and crisp, juicy, white flesh that is mild in flavor.  It’s flavor resembles a cross between a water chestnut and a pear.
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May is Celiac Awareness Month

celiacawarenessmonthMay is Celiac Awareness Month and while many people choose gluten-free foods as a lifestyle choice, they may not understand the seriousness of celiac disease. An estimated 3 million people in the United States have celiac disease – that’s 1 in 133 people; and only 10% of them have been diagnosed.

Celiac disease is an autoimmune digestive disease that damages the villi (small hair-like projections) in the small intestine. This damage means that the small intestine does not do a good job of absorbing nutrients from food. When a person with celiac disease consumes gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye and barley, their immune system responds by attacking the small intestine and inhibiting the absorption of important nutrients into the body.
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Spring Clean Your Diet

Screen Shot 2014-04-02 at 9.25.20 PMNow that we are two weeks into spring it is time to break free from winter comfort foods. It is time to spring clean your diet! This does not mean restricting your intake or relying on juice cleanses and detoxes, but committing to a whole, unprocessed foods diet. This spring the goal is to take advantage of nutrient-packed seasonal fresh produce, drink more water, cut back on alcohol and focus on what you are eating and drinking. Here are my 8 tips for freshening up your diet to help you take charge of your health!

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Is A Food Additive Destroying Your Gut?

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CARRAGEENAN, a commonly used food additive, is an indigestible polysaccharide that is extracted from red algae, and is most commonly used in food as a thickener or stabilizer.  Although derived from a natural source, carrageenan appears to be particularly destructive to the digestive system, triggering an immune response causing inflammation, gut irritation, lesions, and even cancer.
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Pomegranates: Nutrition Benefits & How To’s

Pomegranates are considered a SUPERFOOD because they are a rich source of antioxidants like polyphenols and flavonoids, natural enzymes, essential vitamins and minerals. They are naturally low in fat, saturated fat free, cholesterol free, sodium free and an excellent source of fiber. Continue reading →

The Best and Worst Children’s Yogurts

In the book “What To Eat”, Marion Nestle makes clear the high amounts of sugar calories in yogurt products marketed to children.

“Sugars constitute 55% of the 80 calories in Go-Gurt (Yoplait’s “kid-friendly slurpable yogurt in a tube”), 67% of the 90 calories in Danimals Drinkable (Dannon’s version of children’s yogurt) and 68% of the 170 calories in Danimals XL. In Stonyfield’s YoBaby organic yogurts, marketed for infants and toddlers, 53% of the 120 calories come from added sugars. Some of Stonyfield’s yogurts for older kids suggest that they are berry-flavored, but they actually have no fruit content at all; their sweetness comes from juice concentrate and sugars, and their color comes from beet juice. Stonyfield yogurt may be organic, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t “Big Yogurt” — Group Danone (Dannon Yogurt) owns 85% of the company.”

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Store Brand vs. Name Brand Greek Yogurts

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In my last post, What’s in your Greek Yogurt?, I discussed why Greek Yogurt is such an amazing food and compared brand name Greek yogurts.  Today I will be taking a closer look at the store brand or “generic” non-fat Greek yogurts, which are often on sale or cheaper.
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What’s in your Greek Yogurt?

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Greek yogurt is an amazing food that not only promotes health, but also contains “good” bacteria that can help regulate digestion and boost immunity. It is packed with key nutrients like protein, calcium, potassium, iodine, and B vitamins. Greek yogurt is also a great choice for people who are lactose intolerant because it contains live and active cultures that help digest lactose. Continue reading →

About Gina
Gina Consalvo-Hassick, MA, RD, LDN, CDE, NCC is a registered dietitian and is actively involved in various food and nutrition communities. She has counseled and assessed a wide range of patients and has experience in outpatient, inpatient, and consulting. Areas of specialization include weight management, eating disorders, and wellness nutrition.
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