October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month – What might a cancer prevention diet look like?

Written by UConn Dietetics Student Danielle Straub Breast Cancer Awareness Month is celebrated during October each year. During this month, you may see the selected color pink adorning the uniforms of your favorite professional football team, or you may see road races highlighting participant survivors of the disease.  Your own town might be decorated with a […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]