• What It Is, Health Benefits, Nutrition and Side Effects
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    What It Is, Health Benefits, Nutrition and Side Effects

    Kelp is trending in the wellness industry — and for good reason. Filled with nutrients that include iron, vitamin K, iodine, calcium and other essential vitamins, this nutrient-dense brown algae is quickly coming into focus for those who are trying to bolster a holistically healthy diet. It is also considered a climate-conscious food by industry regulators, which is being used to help absorb carbon in our environment and help make our oceans healthier and less acidic. In raising and harvesting kelp forests, manufacturers may help to clean up the ocean environments they work in, making it a safer place for fish, too. We spoke to experts in food and health…

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  • 7 Ways to Improve Your Metabolic Health, from a Nutrition Expert
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    7 Ways to Improve Your Metabolic Health, from a Nutrition Expert

    Metabolic health is one of the best indicators of an individual’s overall health.  The focus of modern healthcare research and medical science is more on improving metabolic health than weight loss or calorie counting alone. You can stay in shape and fit by maintaining good metabolic health. Nevertheless, metabolism has a number of other effects on the body as well.  Metabolism pertains to the rate at which your body consumes calories for energy. It is not only fat that is burned by metabolism, according to the US National Library of Medicine. Additionally, it assists in respiration, blood pumping, regulating body temperature and absorption of nutrients.  Several factors affect metabolism, including…

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  • USDA Launches New Virtual Nutrition Center of Excellence
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    USDA Launches New Virtual Nutrition Center of Excellence

    WASHINGTON, Dec. 5, 2022 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced its new Agricultural Science Center of Excellence for Nutrition and Diet for Better Health (ASCEND for Better Health) in support of President Biden’s Cancer Moonshot effort to end cancer as we know it. This new virtual center will accelerate research on diet-related chronic diseases, including cancer. A long-term goal of the center is to translate research into impactful solutions that improve public health and wellbeing, particularly in underserved communities. “ASCEND will bring together scientists, partner organizations, and communities to develop and deliver science-based solutions that improve the health and well-being of all Americans, particularly in underserved communities,”…

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  • USDA Invests More Than M to Improve Dietary Health and Nutrition Security
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    USDA Invests More Than $59M to Improve Dietary Health and Nutrition Security

    WASHINGTON, Nov. 22, 2022 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced an investment of $59.4 million to support the Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program’s (GusNIP) Produce Prescription and Nutrition Incentive programs designed to encourage families and individuals to eat more healthfully by increasing access to fresh fruits and vegetables. This investment delivers on a commitment made in the Biden-Harris Administration’s National Strategy on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health to improve access to healthy and affordable food. Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young, USDA Chief Scientist and Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics, visited the Takoma Park Silver Spring (TPSS) Co-op in Takoma Park, Maryland. Crossroads Community Food Network in partnership with…

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  • Is White Rice Healthy? Dietitians Break Down Its Nutrition
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    Is White Rice Healthy? Dietitians Break Down Its Nutrition

    There are some foods, like wonderful avocados and crunchy kale, that are widely lauded as nutritional goldmines. Then there are the plant-based foods that are more open to debate, like everyone’s favorite potatoes and pickles. (For the record, both boast their own nutritional benefits.) White rice is another that many view as unhealthy, despite it being one of the most widely consumed foods in the world. In fact, white rice is a staple in Okinawa, Japan, which is known as a Blue Zone because its inhabitants regularly live to be over 100 in good health. “Rice is a staple in diets all around the world and provides a rich source…

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  • 5 Ways To Make Sure You Receive Enough Nutrition From Your Pulses
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    5 Ways To Make Sure You Receive Enough Nutrition From Your Pulses

    There is no doubt that lentils are clearly a mainstay of most meals across the country but even though they are such an essential part of our Indian diet, they remain a slightly underrated ingredient. Not many people are aware of the benefits they bestow to our health. Pulses are high in fibre and protein, and deliver satiety too while keeping you full for longer. To enjoy them to the fullest and make the most of their benefits by following these 5 simple steps.  5 ways to get even more out of lentils: 1. Unpolished Dals: While dals are a great source of protein (particularly for vegetarians), it is best…

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  • How the White House nutrition conference may tackle Americans’ unhealthy diets : Shots
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    How the White House nutrition conference may tackle Americans’ unhealthy diets : Shots

    The U.S. food system makes junk food plentiful and cheap. Eating a diet based on whole foods like fresh fruit and vegetables can promote health – but can also strain a tight grocery budget. Food leaders are looking for ways to improve how Americans eat. FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images The U.S. food system makes junk food plentiful and cheap. Eating a diet based on whole foods like fresh fruit and vegetables can promote health – but can also strain a tight grocery budget. Food leaders are looking for ways to improve how Americans eat. FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via…

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  • Follow These 6 Nutrition Pros for Culturally Competent Diet Advice
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    Follow These 6 Nutrition Pros for Culturally Competent Diet Advice

    Follow these six inclusive dietitians for nutrition advice without a heaping side of guilt. If you’re anything like me, you may hear the word “dietitian” and automatically stiffen. Many of us who are disabled or have larger bodies have been subjected to various types of discrimination in healthcare settings. The same is often true for those of us from communities of color, from different cultural backgrounds, or who aren’t native English speakers. In terms of healthy dietary choices, Western perspectives and education often lead the conversation in the US. Because those health food standards dominate what’s seen in media and what’s shared in health clinics, you may find that the…

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