Eating Gluten Free: Is It For You?

In recent years there has been a surge in the amount of gluten-free products that are hitting the grocery store shelves. This can easily give you the impression that you need to be on a gluten-free diet. As a matter of fact, it has already given many people that idea. There is a New Yorker cartoon done by Alex Gregory that puts the whole gluten-free craze so eloquently. Two ladies driving in a convertible and one says, “I have no idea what ... Read more

The Risk Factors of Cholesterol

Anybody can develop high cholesterol at any given time in his/her life, and not know it, and because of this it is classified as a “silent killer”. There are some risk factors that make us more susceptible to developing high cholesterol. Some of these factors we have no control over, but there are other risk factors which are definitely under our control. The month of September is recognized as National Cholesterol Education Month; a time when health professionals try to increase ... Read more

Food Safety during Summer

Here in the islands, hurricanes, beach days and cook outs are synonymous with summer.  Almost everywhere we turn there is a cookout—to raise funds, to celebrate various cultures among us or just to be with friends.  Whatever the reason or occasion for us to celebrate with food, it is important that we make food safety a top priority. A common practice when serving food is to wear gloves.  This is a good practice because the gloves protect the server’s hands as well ... Read more

The Heat is on

The heat is on!! No, I am not talking about the Miami Heats but the temperature that has been climbing since mid-April.  It is evident that we are in for one extremely hot summer.  Every year we make certain preparations for summer: stock up on bug repellant, prepare to pay higher than usual water and power bills, get ready for hurricane season and the list goes on.  However, there is one very important everyday task that is extremely important during the ... Read more

Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?

My son is in fifth grade and almost daily I realize I am not always smarter than a fifth grader.  A few days ago he came home with an assignment that I remember having as an assignment while pursuing my Masters degree.  Yeah, I was pretty shocked too!! He and his class have been learning about reading food labels and making better food choices overall.  For this assignment, they chose a food they love and then modified it to make it more ... Read more

Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right

National Nutrition Month is an annual observance in March created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND).  This is a time when more attention is focused on the importance of eating healthy and how we can make living healthy, through nutrition and exercise, a lifelong habit.  This year’s National Nutrition Month’s theme is “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right”. We eat foods for a variety of reasons—to satisfy our huger, socializing or for growth and maintenance.  What is the first thought ... Read more

HIV, Food Safety and You

In 1988, the World Health Organization (WHO) established the first World AIDS Day and every year since then, December 1st is recognized as World AIDS Day.  It is a time when everyone involved or affected by the disease pause to remember lost loved ones, be thankful for the individuals still living with the disease and renew hope to one day finding a cure. Persons now living with the disease can expect to live a long and normal life if they take precautions ... Read more

Diabetes and children

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) reports that 1 in 400 American children have been diagnosed with diabetes.  Children are usually affected by Type 1 Diabetes, an autoimmune disease where the body is unable to make insulin.  However, pediatricians are now seeing an increase in the number of children affected by Type 2 Diabetes.  Unlike Type 1, Type 2 Diabetes is very closely connected to lifestyle and behaviors. The persons living with Diabetes fully appreciate the impact the disease has on their lives ... Read more

Nutrition As A Valuable Part Of Your Life

Nutrition is a general term that refers to the process by which animals and plants take in and utilize essential elements found in food. Sadly, much of the food consumed today is low on the essential compounds needed for healthy bodies and minds. The following tips can help to to avoid making wrong food choices, and to raise your nutrient intake. One of the greatest things you can put into your body is fiber. This well help with your digestive tract and ... Read more