Author: Ivette Lopez

What are artificial sweeteners? And should I use them?

Written by UConn Dietetics Student Natalie Cyr What are artificial sweeteners? Artificial sweeteners are synthetic, or man-made sugar substitutes, and can be made from naturally occurring substances, such as herbs or sugar itself. These types of sweeteners are known to be more intense versions of sugar — meaning, they tend to be 50-200x sweeter than […]

Outdoor Food and Grilling Safety

Written by UConn Dietetics Student Sarah Anderson As the days get longer and the warmer weather is approaching, grilling and outdoor dining is right around the corner! Food safety is especially important when considering the warmer temperatures which provide an ideal environment for bacteria to grow. It is key to keep food out of the […]

Planning for a Patio Garden: Tips for Growing Easy Veggies in Pots

Written by UConn Dietetic Intern Aylin Kavgaci Growing your own food can be both joyful and rewarding. If you’re looking for a way to easily grow vegetables but don’t have a ton of space or gardening experience, setting up a patio vegetable garden in pots may be perfect for you! You can grow just about […]

Food or Supplements? Do we Need Expensive Supplements?

Written by UConn Dietetic Intern Alicia Farris Supplements can be beneficial for our health but can also pose risks according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)1. Doing your research on the supplements that you are taking is important since many are not regulated by the FDA. FDA is not authorized to review dietary supplement […]

Oils: Tips for Storage and Preventing Spoilage

Written by UConn Dietetics Student Karah Lewis Unsaturated fats such as olive, vegetable, and canola oils are cooking staples in many households. These oils often sit on our shelves, ready to be used in our recipes and delicious dishes. They seem to last forever, right? To the contrary, if not stored properly, oils may go […]

Is Organic Food Healthier than Non-Organic Food?

Written by UConn Dietetics student Ronnie Rivera Only 1 out of 10 are Americans are consuming the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables each day1. The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends adults consume ½ to 2 cups of fruit and 2-3 cups of vegetables per day2. Only 12.2% of adults meet the daily recommendation […]

Farmer’s Markets in CT!

Written by Dietetics Student Dana Purcell Shopping at farmer’s markets is a great way to find fresh produce and support local farmers! Farmer’s markets provide fruits and vegetables when they are ripe and in peak season. This means that the produce will not only be the tastiest, but it will be the most nutritious as […]

Avoid Food Marketing Traps! “Natural” Doesn’t Mean Anything!

Written by UConn Dietetic Intern Amanda Celone “All natural.” “Organic.” “Made with real fruit.” “Made with whole grains.” Buzz phrases like these are often seen on food packages to get customers to buy a product. The market for organic and natural food has grown a lot in recent years. Large companies spend millions of dollars […]

Springtime Cooking

Written by UConn Dietetics student Anastasia Stergos Spring is finally here! The days are getting longer, the weather is getting warmer, and the produce will soon be from more and more local sources. So many great vegetables are in season during spring in CT- asparagus, broccoli, crisp lettuces, green beans, and peas- just to name […]

Unpack Your Pantry & Stock for Success

Written by UConn Dietetics Student Jody Smith An organized, stocked pantry can assist your efforts to eat a healthy diet, come up with last-minute meals, save money, and can function as an emergency food stash if there is a storm that takes out the power. Pantries can easily turn into something like a junk drawer, […]