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Peggy Korody North San Diego Registered Dietitian

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Good bye MyPyramid…. hello MyPlate

The Dietary Guidelines are updated, by law, every five years with the latest release being January 31, 2011. This is a joint effort by the Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Health and Human Services (HHS). This latest version emphasizes three areas: balancing calories, foods to increase, and foods to decrease. Sometimes along with these guidelines […]

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Niacin in the news!

A study using niacin to boost our good cholesterol (HDL) has just been stopped.  The theory: raising HDL would protect us against heart attacks and strokes.  Unfortunately, the study was stopped because it appeared that the use of niacin increased the risk of one particular type of stroke. Statistically 1.5 million heart attacks occur in […]

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The “Danger Zone”

Memorial Day can be considered the “unofficial” start of the backyard barbeque season when friends and family gather to share some food and fun. This is also the “unofficial” start to food-borne illness, which can be caused by time-temperature abuse, cross-contamination, and poor personal hygiene.  So how do we enjoy our backyard barbeques without the fear […]

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Is it just calories that count?

I’ve been noticing lately the fast food industry is trying to entice customers by giving the impression that their product is a healthy choice because it has less than 500 calories.  Does this make it healthy?  Does using sea salt vs. regular salt make it healthy?  Should I be looking at the fat grams?  From […]

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Portion Distortion and Healthy Tips for Eating Out

A “portion” is defined as the amount of food you choose to eat for a meal or snack. The continuing rising rate of obesity in our country and “portion distortion” plays an important part in these statistics. Twenty years ago a portion of spaghetti and meatballs consisted of one-cup spaghetti with sauce and three small […]

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Nutritional Myths

Where should you turn for good nutrition advice? Oprah? Oprah’s cook, her personal trainer, or best friend? How about the clerk at the vitamin/health food store, infomercials, magazines, your friends, or your doctor? What qualifies these sources to give good advice on nutrition? Good nutritional advice comes from trusted sources, and is backed up by […]

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The New California Menu Labeling Law

Did you know that California has a menu labeling law? The first phase went into effect on July 1st, 2009, which basically states that any restaurant chain, with 20 or more restaurants, has to provide nutritional information to it’s customers. As of January 1st of this year, this information has to be on the menu […]

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March is National Nutrition Month®

March is National Nutrition Month, which was created by the American Dietetic Association (ADA) to increase nutrition education and awareness. The theme this year is “Eat Right with Color”. In a previous article I devoted a full column to this important topic (see “What Color is Your Plate?”). In January of this year the USDA […]

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Fat: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Some people look at all dietary fat as a “four-letter” word. Especially since every 45 seconds someone has a heart attack and a high fat diet has been associated as a leading risk factor. It’s important to note that all dietary fat is not created equal and the American Heart Association (AHA) recommends keeping total fat intake between 20 – 35% of your total calories.

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The Orange and Vitamin C…

This is the peak season for oranges, so here are a few reasons to pick some up at the market next time you go shopping. Most people know that oranges are packed with vitamin C, and most people believe that vitamin C prevents or treats the common cold. Unfortunately, most scientific studies show that Vitamin C does not help the common cold. So, should you stop eating oranges and foods rich in vitamin C? Of course not!

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