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Is it true that skim milk or low fat dairy products are better for you?

Dairy products like cheese, milk, and yogurt (regardless of the fat content) are excellent sources of calcium, vitamin D and pack a mean protein punch. For years I have been recommending that my patients consume a few servings of dairy a day. To be honest, I generally recommended low fat…

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April Fools - Jiggly Juice Prank

Start your April Fools morning off with jiggles and giggles! This prank is so easy to pull off and harmless - all you need is 3 ingredients and a little time. Follow our step-by-step instructions below:

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How much fruit should I eat to avoid going on a blood sugar roller coaster ride?

That is a fantastic substitution! Foods high in added sugar (or “junk food”) can raise your blood sugar level and increase total body inflammation, which may depress your immune system. By slowly reducing its intake you will improve your overall health. Replacing foods full of added…

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Can you control cholesterol with diet?

I frequently will get patients that tell me they want to try to lower their cholesterol naturally and not have to take a medication. I applaud them and feel that (depending on the patient and the situation) making a few changes in diet and lifestyle can really help to improve cholesterol…

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Is aspartame really as bad as they say?

Your question is a good one. I work with patients undergoing treatment for cancer, so I have been asked this many times over the years. There is a lot of information about artificial sweeteners in the media and on the internet, some helpful and some…not so much. Let’s start by reviewing…

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What are some quick ways to eat healthier in this fast-paced society?

It is true…many people today eat based on convenience and time. Eating healthy in a fast paced and convenient society can be challenging. So many of my patients are overweight because they “grab” food and “go” and don’t pay much attention to what they are eating. They tell me…

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Frozen Food Month: Why Buy Frozen Juice?

Mix it up this month and celebrate Frozen Food Month with Old Orchard! Our consumers have come to equate our brand with innovation, quality, variety and value, as we are constantly focused on creating new products that reflect the latest health and flavor trends. With March being Frozen…

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How can I add flavor to my cooking without adding calories?

I love this question! I think that herbs and spice combinations can completely transform the taste and overall experience of a dish. Adding the right flavorings depending on what you are serving can increase meal satisfaction without having to add a lot of salt or fat. I would first…

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How much weight will I lose if I drink smoothies?

Smoothies can certainly be a healthy part of your diet, although smoothie consumption is not a “sure thing” for weight loss. To put it simplistically, smoothies contain calories. Consuming more calories than our body can burn can lead to weight gain, even if the smoothie is overall…

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