Nutrition Bites: Fad Dieting

Education & Engagement

Published: December 16, 2018

With New Years’ Eve around the corner, many people’s thoughts shift to healthy changes. Diet advertisements featuring well-known celebrities or shocking weight loss transformation photos motivate thousands of Americans to follow new diets at the start of each year. Yet, with a billion-dollar diet industry in the United States, it is important for consumers to decipher fad dieting from healthy lifestyle changes. Fad diets may produce rapid weight loss, but often the risk of malnutrition…

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Nutrition Bites: What's with all the cauliflower hype?

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Published: October 22, 2018

Every year it seems that there is a new “in” vegetable for your health. Right now, that vegetable is cauliflower. Why is cauliflower so popular? Partially because it is an abundant nutrient source and partially because it is so versatile in the kitchen. One cup of uncooked cauliflower is 25 calories, 3 grams of fiber and 5 grams of carbohydrates. One cup contains 77% of vitamin C, 19% of vitamin K and 8% of Manganese…

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Nutrition Bites: Summer Food Safety

Education & Engagement

Published: June 30, 2018

Summertime is a season full of outdoor fun and picnics! Barbecues are a popular way to celebrate the season. Even though eating outside is a nice way to take advantage of warmer weather, it is also when bacteria thrive and are more likely to contaminate food. The most common ways that food becomes infected with bacteria at picnics is by leaving food out uncovered, not cooking food to the proper temperatures, and cross-contamination of raw…

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Nutrition Bites: Celebrate Earth Day with plant power

Education & Engagement

Published: April 01, 2018

The power of plants is remarkable. Eating plants such as fruits and vegetables has been linked to lowering risk for many chronic diseases, including diabetes and heart disease. It is important to know where your food comes from – mostly from the supermarket, right? Unfortunately, growing one’s own food doesn’t seem to be much of an option these days, and not many people do it. You might even like the idea, but just don’t know…

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Nutrition Bites: Think of Your Heart on Valentine's Day

Education & Engagement

Published: February 01, 2018

February is packed full of celebrations: Heart Month, Valentine’s Day, and this year, Mardi Gras. When most people think of Valentine’s Day, they think of rich and decadent food – chocolates, candy, and fancy restaurant dinners. However, Valentine’s Day can also be an opportunity to make heart healthy choices with the ones you love. Added sugars, such as from candy, soda, sports drinks, ice cream and cereal are a large part of many Americans’ diets.…

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Nutrition Bites: Food Safety for the Holidays

Food Environment Research

Published: December 11, 2017

The holidays are a joyful time with lots of giving and sharing. One thinks of the presents, time with friends and family, and sharing a delicious holiday meal together. Over the holidays, there is one thing that should not be shared: food poisoning. Food poisoning is caused by food-borne illnesses caused by bacteria. Symptoms of food-borne illnesses may include vomit, diarrhea, fever, sweating, cramps, nausea, and fatigue. The good news is there are lots of…

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Nutrition Bites: Healthy Harvest

Education & Engagement

Published: October 17, 2017

The air has cooled, fall festivals are in full swing, and Thanksgiving is right around the corner. The opportunities to indulge in amazing food are seemingly endless, which can make it difficult to choose healthier options. Fortunately, there are many fruits and vegetables that come into season this month, which means there will be a large selection of affordable, fresh produce. Some of the vegetables that are currently in season include pumpkins, sweet potatoes, Brussels…

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Nutrition Bites: Making Smart Food Choices at Festivals

Education & Engagement

Published: June 01, 2017

As the summer months approach, so do a wide variety of food and music festivals. The summer includes French Market Creole Tomato Festival, ESSENCE Festival, Satchmo SummerFest, and the list goes on and on. With so many delicious food and drink options to be found, it can be tough to make healthy choices. Below are some simple tips on how to enjoy the festivals throughout the season without packing on the extra pounds. Keep portions…

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Nutrition Bites: Tips on how to eat healthier and save time

Education & Engagement

Published: February 16, 2017

In a perfect world, all your responsibilities – personal and professional – can be completed with time to spare. In reality, responsibilities need to be prioritized, and what often falls by the wayside is personal health. While there may be nothing wrong with eating the occasional junk food to indulge a sweet tooth, this indulgence can often begin a junk food cycle, in which any individual with a busy schedule can become a victim. So…

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Nutrition Bites: Rethinking Holiday Meals

Food Environment Research

Published: December 15, 2016

Holiday season is in full swing, and for many people that means one last time to indulge before the New Year begins. However, that doesn’t mean you have to derail the progress you have made this year. There are plenty of ways to incorporate a healthy lifestyle into holiday fun. One great way to make your holiday dinner a little healthier this year is to leave out the meat. With so many other decadent holiday…

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Nutrition Bites: Eat Healthy and Save Money

Food Environment Research

Published: September 21, 2016

Eating healthy can have many different definitions, but often times what comes to mind when trying to eat healthy is the word “expensive.” Not buying wisely can result in overspending. Here are some tips on how to eat healthy without breaking the bank. Shop in season By shopping for fruits and vegetables that are in season you are able to get the most bang for your buck. In the months of September and October, apples,…

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Nutrition Bites: Summertime Hydration

Food Environment Research

Published: June 28, 2016

Hydration is a key component in our health that is often overlooked. Now that we are in the heat of summer, with exceptionally high temperatures, hydration is crucial to a safe and happy summer. The human body is made up of about 60% water. Water is imperative for good health and plays many important roles in the body, such as, aiding in flushing out waste products, regulating body temperature, preventing constipation and much more. The…

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Nutrition Bites: Hype Over Hypertension

Food Environment Research

Published: April 28, 2016

About 70 million Americans have it, and in 2013, it was the primary or contributing cause of death for 360,000 Americans. The “it” is hypertension also known as high blood pressure. Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps. When the pressure is consistently too high it is called “hypertension” or high blood pressure which creates an environment where the heart is working extra hard.…

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Nutrition Bites: Healthy Lifestyle for Cancer Prevention

Food Environment Research

Published: February 29, 2016

With one-third of all cancer deaths related to poor diet and physical activity, it’s no surprise that maintaining a healthy lifestyle is key to cancer prevention. In fact, when asked the number one way to prevent cancer, Laura Kerns, a Registered Dietitian at University Medical Center and Board Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition, keeps it simple, “Eat your fruits and vegetables! Research shows that consuming a plant-based diet with healthy fats, similar to the Mediterranean…

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Nutrition Bites: Hot Topic - Probiotics

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Published: December 21, 2015

Gut health is getting more attention as research reveals the benefits of a balanced microbiota, or the microbe population in the intestine. Prebiotics are also gaining popularity due to their direct impact on gut microbiota, but what do we really know about probiotics? What are probiotics? The Food and Agriculture Organization and The World Health Organization define probiotics as “Live microorganisms that, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host.” More…

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Nutrition Bites: Healthy Eating on a Budget

Education & Engagement

Published: October 28, 2015

Contrary to popular belief, eating healthy doesn’t have to be more expensive, and the Eat Dat! Cookbook by the Tulane Prevention Research Center is here to tell you how to have a balanced diet and a balanced checkbook. Eat Dat! Cookbook features healthy and delicious recipes, the cost of each ingredient and serving, and the nutrition information for every dish. Get a jump-start on saving money and eating healthy by following these four tips. Plan…

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Nutrition Bites: Back to School Basics

Core Research Education & Engagement

Published: August 24, 2015

In August, Kids Eat Right Month highlighted some great ideas to support nutritious breakfasts, lunches, and snacks for students headed back to school. Here are a few ideas to get students eating healthy this school year. Breakfast can be a hard thing to fit into a busy morning; however, kids who eat breakfast are more likely to concentrate better, retain more information, and excel to higher levels in both reading and math! The night before,…

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Nutrition Bites: Smart Summer Snacking

Education & Engagement

Published: June 29, 2015

Schools out for summer! That means busy schedules for parents, summer activities for children, and waking up every morning to the sweltering New Orleans heat. While its tempting to cool down with a snowball or popsicle, snacks like these can have up to 7 grams of sugar and offer little nutritional benefits. Instead, try these healthy, budget-conscious, and kid-friendly twists on favorite summer snacks! (Note: The recipes below contain mostly natural sugar from fruit, not…

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Nutrition Bites: Basics of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015

Core Research

Published: April 19, 2015

Every five years, the Department of Health and Human Services teams up with the United States Department of Agriculture to update the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA). Currently, this process is coming to a close and a final report is to be published by the end of 2015. Here are the basics so far: What is The Dietary Guidelines for Americans? The Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) is a set of guidelines to promote a…

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Nutrition Bites: Tricking Fat Tuesday

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Published: February 10, 2015

As a newcomer to New Orleans, I’m eagerly awaiting my first Mardi Gras. I anticipate elaborate floats, lots of great music, and a citywide party that only New Orleans could pull off. After doing a little research and talking to locals, I learned what Mardi Gras is all about – indulging and having fun. As a dietitian, I’m always looking for ways to enjoy life and be healthy, and this Mardi Gras, I’m going to…

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