Eating Disorders and Veganism

Are you concerned about a potential overlap between veganism and eating disorders? While veganism is a social justice movement (extending far beyond food) that aims to eliminate animal exploitation and suffering as far as is possible and practicable, its dietary restrictions can be misused when someone is susceptible to or is already suffering from an […]

Transitioning to a Plant-Based Diet

The popularity of plant-based diets has grown tremendously in recent years, due in part to claims of numerous health and environmental benefits. Clients who are interested in adopting a plant-based diet face several considerations. You can help clients determine whether these types of diets will be sustainable for them, understand their unique nutritional needs, and […]

How to Use Nutritional Yeast

Have your clients been asking you about nutritional yeast? Well, that’s a good thing! There’s much to love about “nooch”—the affectionate term for nutritional yeast, the plant-based essential that adds savory flavor and a nutritious kick to recipes. If it’s not already a go-to ingredient in your kitchen, consider bringing this staple, with its signature […]

Keys for Supporting Gut Health

Who knew that collectively, a group of tiny life forms in our intestines could have such an impact on our health? The gut microbiome, made up of trillions of microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi, and viruses (and their genes), not only plays a role in the digestion and absorption of our nutrients but actually may […]

Build Kids’ Love of Food via Gardening

Our connection with food changes over our lifetime. But creating a healthful connection is a journey that should begin in childhood. Building a positive, healthy relationship with food is an innate process for kids; children are well attuned to their body’s hunger cues. But as they age, outside pressures and societal norms can affect this […]

Nutrition’s Impact on AMD

Part of the healthy aging process for older adults is preventing or minimizing diseases that jeopardize their well being. Now, imagine noticing a blurry spot near the center of your eye, which slowly grows bigger and eventually leads to blank spots in your vision. Over time, you find it more difficult to recognize the faces […]

Effective Counseling in Low-Socioeconomic Communities

Health disparities in low-socioeconomic communities continue to be a pervasive problem. Low-socioeconomic communities often lack access to healthful, nutrient-dense foods and culturally relevant, high-quality nutrition education, leading to disproportionate chronic disease rates and low self-efficacy to make healthful choices. When high-quality, healthful foods are sold in these communities, they’re often far more expensive than in […]

COVID-19’s Impact on Food Systems

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in major disruptions across America’s food supply chains, revealing weaknesses in our food system. Farmers, businesses, and government agencies such as the USDA are working hard to efficiently redistribute food and reduce waste. The foodservice industry and retail sectors are the two largest purchasers of food produced in America. Due […]

Calcium Balance in Older Adults

Several factors affect nutrient utilization in older adults, including diet, medications, and health conditions. Calcium absorption is of particular concern because in addition to the latter factors that could inhibit uptake, calcium depends on magnesium and vitamin D, making achieving adequate balance more difficult. Furthermore, calcium is especially important for older adults’ bone health; they’re […]