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Nutrition

Nutrition
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Nutritionists from the University of Maryland Medical Center help sort through all of the diet and nutrition information that's out there. They provide regular guest posts to the Picture of Health blog.
Intermittent fasting: Fact-based weight loss strategy, or fruitless fad?

Nutritionists say there are some benefits of fasting on and off to loose weight — when it's done right, But they caution that there also dangers to intermittent fasting, and that some claims are not backed by science.

Maximize your work day with healthy nutrition

Eating a balanced diet at work and at home makes for healthier and more productive employees.

New Year, New You: Nutrition for glowing skin, strong nails and shiny hair

Nutritionist offers tips for keeping skin, hair and nails looking good during cold weather.

Debunking carbohydrate myths

Here are five common myths surrounding carbohydrates and the truth behind them.

Food-themed gift ideas

Edible gifts can be creative, easy, budget-friendly and easily tailored to suit the preferences of each person on your list.

Meal prep for beginners

Meal prep or batch cooking preps all your meals for the week in one day.

Common childhood nutrition concerns

Here is a registered dietitian’s take on four common childhood nutrition myths.

Breaking down the ketogenic diet

Nutritionists from the University of Maryland Medical System regularly provide a general information column to The Baltimore Sun's health blog. The latest post

Sugar: What's the big deal?

Nutritionists from University of Maryland Medical System regularly provide a post to the Picture of Health blog. The latest post is from dietetic intern Kylie

Choosing meal kit delivery services with eye toward nutrition

A nutritionist from University of Maryland Medical System regularly provides a post to the Picture of Health

Eating for your genes

A nutritionist from University of Maryland Medical System regularly provides a post to the Picture of Health blog. The latest post is from dietetic intern

Eating for a healthy heart

A nutritionist from University of Maryland Medical System regularly provides a post to the Picture of Health blog. The latest post is from Caroline Meehan

Use spices to help trim your waistline

Nutritionists from the University of Maryland Medical System regularly contribute guest posts to The Baltimore Sun's Picture of Health blog. The latest o

Hangry no more

Physical hunger or stomach hunger involves a complex interaction between the digestive system, endocrine system and brain. When the body needs refueling, we start to feel weak and tired, and our focus becomes foggy. The stomach starts to ache and rumble. This is true stomach hunger.

Tips to balance a diet, social life

Maintaining your health (and weight) means making good choices over long periods of time; consistency is key. But you don't need to sacrifice to enjoy the fun events in your life.

Demystifying the gluten-free diet

Nutritionists from the University of Maryland Medical System regularly contribute guest posts to The Baltimore Sun's Picture of Health blog. The latest pos

How to lighten up Baltimore's summer cuisine

Nutritionists from the University of Maryland Medical System regularly contribute guest posts to The Baltimore Sun's Picture of Health blog. The latest post is

How to satisfy the summer snack attack

Nutritionists from the University of Maryland Medical System regularly contribute guest posts to The Baltimore Sun's Picture of Health blog. The latest post is

Herbs and edible flowers: Growing, cooking and storing

Nutritionists from the University of Maryland Medical System regularly contribute guest posts to The Baltimore Sun's Picture of Health blog. The latest post is

Bug appetit: The nutritional value of eating insects

Nutritionists from the University of Maryland Medical System regularly contribute guest posts to The Baltimore Sun's Picture of Health blog. The latest post is

Squashing the myth of humdrum winter veggies

Winter squash is one vegetable that comes in a variety of shapes and sizes and all are tasty, nutritious and versatile.

Tips for a healthier holiday

This year, focus on these 10 simple tips to make your holiday season a healthy one.

Understanding the role of fats in the diet

Fat has gotten a bad reputation. While too much fat in the diet may lead to chronic diseases and weight gain, unsaturated dietary fats — when eaten in moderation — play an important role in a balanced diet and contribute to whole-body health, maintenance, growth and development.

Examining milk alternatives

Here are some differences, pros, and cons of the top three most popular non-dairy milk alternatives.

Eating real foods is a habit worth making

Real food offers a way out of a restrictive and unsatisfying diet-binge cycle.

Avoid overeating on Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving around the corner, here are some tips to get through the holiday.

Holiday eating: Small changes equal big differences

We rely more on our eyes and our environment than our stomachs when it comes to eating, especially during the holiday season when so many tempting foods and drinks are available.

Opting for fruits, vegetables over vitamins can offer more benefits

Many Americans take a multivitamin daily. Are we just looking for a quick-fix to balance our diet?

The human microbiome: How to feed your gut

Emotional overeating: How to regain your control

Emotional eating is when we use food as a way to cope with our feelings or if we eat in response to a feeling that we have, as opposed to in response to hunger.

Garden your way to nutrition

Understanding nutrition needs of fitness enthusiasts

How to eat like a dietitian

What diet should I follow is the most common question dietitians face. Dietitians seek foods that are nutrient-dense, budget-friendly and versatile.

Winter squash wonderland

Winter squash packs a nutritional punch and its varieties are rich in fiber, vitamin A and potassium.

Emotional eating and how to regain control

Are the stressors of life driving you to overeat? During the holidays, things can get a little stressful, and food is everywhere.

Choosing a sweetener, are they all equal?

Here we will explore the sugar and sweetener options to make that trip down the bakery aisle as little easier and provide you with enough knowledge to get experimental and try some of them out.

Benefits of cutting back on meat

Eating fresh and healthy 'al fresco'

Rules of summer weight loss

Before you pick up that new diet book, read on for the dos and don'ts of summer weight loss.

Sampling local farmers' markets

Spring is the perfect time to taste the rainbow

Vibrantly colored produce adds visual appeal to any dish without the use of synthetic dyes or additives. More importantly, these brightly colored foods pack a powerful nutrition punch.

Getting creative with the coconut

As more products derived from the coconut hit store shelves, here's what you need to know about the nutritional benefits.

Should everyone go gluten free?

Have you walked in the grocery store lately and seen a plethora of products labeled "gluten-free?" Do you think that gluten free is a means to help you lose weight or improve your health? Here's what you need to know.

Fall's fabulous bounty

Fall offers many fruits and vegetables that are delicious and packed with nutritional benefits.

The risks and rewards of red meat

Picture this: You're out to dinner and there are juicy porterhouse steaks, sumptuous burgers, and tender ribs on the menu. Salivating yet?

The power of fruit

Phytonutrients (or phytochemicals), are bioactive compounds found in fruits and vegetables that offer protection against many chronic diseases.

Embracing vegetables

Did you know there are more than 200 varieties of fruits and vegetables? While praised as a "good for you food," vegetables can be enjoyed in new and fun ways if you use a little imagination.

Choosing healthy options among Baltimore's ethnic restaurants

Dining out on exotic flavors from all over the world does not have to increase your waistline.

Grilling seafood lightens your barbecue

Do coconut beverages have health benefits?

Coconut products, such as coconut water and coconut cream, are among the hot new items hitting grocery store shelves. Are these drinks beneficial for your health? Let's take a look at the different coconut beverages.

Getting educated on GMOs

Products are being designed to better fit into our expanding society, to grow faster, last longer on the shelf or to produce more.

Keeping your sugar in check

The term sugar is used for a variety of caloric sweeteners from multiple plant sources, including sugar beet, sugar cane, corn, agave, rice, nuts, fruit, vegetables, tree sap and grains.

Getting creative with salads

Summer is a great time to explore the light and fresh options of salads. Depending on your choices, it can be easy to build a salad that has as much fat and salt as a burger with fries.

Fire up a healthy summer barbecue

Cooking on the grill can be so versatile, you can prepare appetizers, side dishes, main courses and even dessert.

Is organic really worth it?

Should you choose the organic strawberries versus conventional ones? Both are bright and colorful at the perfect ripeness and provide vitamins, antioxidants and fiber while being low in sodium.

Secrets to healthy summer smoothies

Tips for healthy snacking

Should you diet like it's 1812?

Were their diets similar to ours or drastically different?

How to follow the MyPlate guidelines

By using the MyPlate icon and website as your guide and following these tips, you can get your plate in shape in no time.

Avoiding picnic pitfalls

Avoid these pitfalls and you can enjoy your picnics without overindulging.

Triple crown of nutrition tips

When running the race to good health, look to the "Triple Crown" of nutrition tips: Include more vegetables and fruits, be mindful of portion sizes, and become more active.

Top 3 terrible eating habits

Eggs and nutrition

Pomegranates: The crown jewel of fruits

Vegging out: Get kids and teens to eat more plants

Nutrition and stroke prevention

How to make smart food choices on vacation

Burger King latest to offer "healthier" menu items

Joins McDonald's, Chik-fil-A and others

Keep sodium low while dining out

The many considerations of drinking milk

How to raise a veggie-eating kid

Health benefits of tea

Nutrition and type 2 diabetes prevention

Seductive and healthy foods

Lighten up your Super Bowl party

How to achieve your fiber goals

Omega-3s: Are they all equal?

Over the past few years there has been a lot of hype over Omega-3 fatty acids.

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