Why "RD" By My Name Matters

March is National Nutrition Month, and the 11th was Registered Dietitian Day—a day I’m extremely thankful exists, not because I want praise, but because I believe it’s important for you to know the differences between registered dietitians (RDs) and the myriad other “nutritionists” who flood the media with misleading health and dietary advice. I’ve been working as an RD since 1991, and it’s a distinction I’m proud to hold. To be an RD, you must have a degree in nutrition, dietetics, public health, or a related field and have completed an internship and passed a certification exam: I earned a Bachelor of Science in nutrition and dietetics from Saint Joseph College in West Hartford, CT, and co

The End of the Hydrogenated Oil Era: The FDA (Rightfully) Bans Partially Hydrogenated Oils.

I am thrilled that the FDA is finally putting its foot down on partially hydrogenated oils and has submitted its order to remove them from our food within the next three years. As hydrogenated oils are arguably the worst type of fats you can consume, this is welcomed news and I applaud the FDA for stepping up its game. Believe it or not, I’ve known since my senior year of college that hydrogenated oils are bad news for our health, specifically our cholesterol levels. During one of my final presentations at school, I reported their risk to our health and how they can raise LDL (“bad” cholesterol) levels and lower HDL (“good” cholesterol) levels, which is supported by the Mayo Clinic today. Ba

Sleep, Stress, Sunlight and Food, Part 1

The Rhythm of Life…Humans come equipped with a Circadian Rhythm - your behavioral, physical, and mental changes over the course of 24 hours. Circadian rhythms are essential in determining your sleep patterns, and they are affected by light (which is why it always takes a little time to adjust during Daylight Savings). There’s a huge connection between sleep, stress, the amount of sunlight and exercise you get, and diet. If one is out of whack, you may be setting yourself up for some serious health risks. So how can you make sure your Circadian Rhythm is in check? For this post, I’ll focus on sleep and stress and exercise. (Look for sunlight and diet in the next post ;) ). Artificial light a

Are Kraft Singles a Health Food?

The answer is an emphatic no: Kraft Singles are not a health food. They aren’t even really “food” at all, rather processed food-like things; each Single contains more than 15 ingredients. But Kraft would like you to believe their “prepared cheese product” slices are. In fact, they’d like you to believe they’re a healthy choice for young children. And that’s got me—and my fellow dietitians—cheesed off. I’m not just peeved at Kraft, but also the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), a trade organization that represents 75,000 nutrition professionals. Earlier this month, the New York Times broke the news that Kraft Singles would be the first food item to carry the academy’s new “Kids Eat Ri

Frozen "Cuisines" and the Journey They Make Before You Buy Them

When it comes to meals, processed food should not be your go-to. If a big chunk of the items on your grocery list are found in the frozen food aisle, involve cans or consist of ramen noodles, it’s most likely time for you to reevaluate your diet. Sometimes people will say to me in my office, “What do you think about Lean Cuisine or Weight Watchers’ frozen foods?” If you read my last post, you know how I feel about Weight Watchers as a company, but let’s take a moment to break down what really happens to frozen food before it goes in our mouths: The journey your average Frozen “Cuisine”. Frozen foods are made in a factory. They are then flash frozen and shipped from that factory to various lo

Embrace Eggs: New Cholesterol Recommendations

Last month, the Washington Post broke the news that the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee planned to propose a BIG change to the 2015 edition of Dietary Guidelines for Americans—the publication, updated every five years, outlines a healthy diet. And they did: The group’s recently released report recommends the complete removal of limitations on dietary cholesterol, stating that it’s “not a nutrient of concern for overconsumption.” Until now, the guidelines have advised consuming no more than 300 mg/day. I agree with the panel’s recommendation and applaud them for reversing their long-held stance. As I’ve written before, eggs were once vilified for their cholesterol content, while today t

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