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News Bite: Maximizing Your Macronutrients During Pregnancy

Nutrition is top of mind for many moms-to-be. But the topic can be difficult to navigate during pregnancy. You might have heard that good nutrition plays a key role in the health of both the mom and baby, but what does “good nutrition” actually look like? This article will break down what foods to focus on to maximize your macronutrient needs and offer practical applications on how to practice good nutrition during your pregnancy. We’ll focus on the three macronutrients and include more information such as amounts, sources and health benefits.

News Bite: 3 Fast and Healthy Recipes, “Spiked” with Nutrition

It’s no secret around the office that I love to cook. Spending time making dinner is one of my favorite ways to unwind after a long day at work. It’s also something that I love to do with friends and family. This is why I am so excited about this new video series with Chef Spike Mendelsohn! Chef Spike worked with us to create three delicious, healthy recipes that are super simple and can fit into any budget.

News Bite: 5 Reasons Adopting the Mediterranean Diet Is the Easiest Way To Get Healthy

It seems like everywhere you turn, there’s a trendy diet or new food fad that has taken over food conversations. I mean, we’ve even created a new series over on Foodinsight.org called Try It Tuesday, where we try new foods/diets and write about these sometimes less-than-ideal experiences on … you guessed it ... Tuesdays.

Fast Take: Added Sugars Consumption for Children

Few topics in nutrition get more attention these days than added sugars. As much or more than any other dietary component or lifestyle factor, sugars have been studied for their role in health. The latest comes from the American Heart Association (AHA) in their recently published Scientific Statement: Added Sugars and Cardiovascular Disease Risk in Children. You may have noticed it in media headlines or shared within your social networks.

Olympic Swimmer Gideon Louw on Olympian Nutrition

With the Olympics in full swing, we had the opportunity to sit down with two-time Olympic swimmer Gideon Louw to see how he uses nutrition to fuel him through training, competing, and recovery. Read on to see what this superstar swimmer had to say about fueling for fitness.

Gideon Louw

Sound Science: Consuming Unsaturated Fats May Help Those With Diabetes

We’re all about breaking down scientific findings, especially when the research focuses on nutrition. Most of the time, we are providing important perspective to particularly popular studies, working to ensure that the totality of science is promoted rather than one-off, fringe findings.

Fast Take: Can Low-Calorie Sweeteners Increase Your Appetite?

Let’s make sure to keep perspective on what one recent finding may report versus the totality of science supporting low-calorie sweeteners.

Try It Tuesday: Ditching Dairy

My take on Try It Tuesday involved cutting all dairy from my diet for the week. Initially, I thought this diet would be a piece of (dairy-free) cake, especially compared to what some of my fellow Food Insighters tried out (ugh, hi, juice cleanse). Turned out that this dairy-free week just wasn’t for me. Before I give too much away, let’s see how each day played out during this dairy-free week.

Day 1: Monday, 8:42 a.m.

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News Bite: 5 Beach-Friendly, Healthy Snacks

Summer is here, and it's time to hit the beach! But before you slather on the sunscreen, what are some easy, healthy snacks that complement this perfect beach weather? 

Here are some simple, portable snacks to help keep you cool and energized for a day of fun in the sun.

Antioxidants: The Anti-Cancer Cure-All?

Want to know how to pique someone’s interest if you are talking about food or nutrition? Mention the word “antioxidant.” Seriously, it has some special power or something. Family and friends, ranging from my teenage sister to my best friend from college to my 80-year-old grandpa—each person has asked me a series of questions about antioxidants, such as common sources, health effects, and my general opinion of them.

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