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 […]

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 […]

What Nutrients Should Concern a Vegetarian or Vegan?

Written by UConn Dietetics student Breanna Karabeinikoff The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics states that thoughtfully planned vegetarian or vegan diets are nutritionally adequate and appropriate for all stages of life, including pregnancy, infancy, childhood, and older adulthood1. These diets may provide several health benefits. Vegans and vegetarians have reported a lower risk of developing […]

Get Creative in the Kitchen with Mushrooms!

Written by UConn Dietetics Student Nicole Glick Whether you are vegan or vegetarian looking to get creative with your meals or an omnivore looking to cut back on your meat consumption, mushrooms can be your one-way ticket to a nutritious and delicious meal! For a while, mushrooms were not getting the attention they deserved, but […]