health

Did You Know Garlic is Good for You?

Written by UConn Extension Summer Intern Jenna Zydanowicz Garlic, a root vegetable, has many benefits when included in your diet. It’s not only flavorful, it is also packed with a lot of antioxidants that can keep our bodies their healthiest! According to Amy Fischer, MS, RD, CDN, garlic has anti-inflammatory and microbial benefits. Garlic’s health […]

Intermittent Fasting: Is It Safe?

Written by UConn Dietetics student Caitlin Smith What is intermittent fasting? Intermittent fasting has been highly popularized for the last decade and continues to gain buzz as new research emerges.  So, what is intermittent fasting? Intermittent fasting involves alternating between periods of eating and fasting (fasting is abstaining from all or some kinds of food […]

Why is Exercise so Important?

Written by UConn Dietetics Student Alison Soucy Physical activity can do wonders for you and your health! Those who exercise are less likely to have diabetes, cardiovascular disease, some cancers, and obesity. Additionally, exercise strengthens bones and muscles, offsetting some of the loss that comes from aging and reducing the risk of bone fractures1. In […]

Why is Vitamin B12 Important?

Written by UConn Dietetics student Nina Seok Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin meaning that it dissolves in water.¹ It plays an important role in nerve/brain functions, the formation of your red blood cells, and DNA production.¹ Vitamin B12 is generally rich in foods that have high amounts of protein or products fortified with vitamin […]

Added Sugars vs Natural Sugars

Written by UConn Dietetics Student Caitlyn McDonagh There continues to be confusion about natural and added sugars in foods. Read on to become an expert! What are natural sugars? Natural sugars are the sugars that occur naturally in whole foods. Most natural sugars found in fruits are fructose, and in dairy products like cheese and […]

Fact or Fad? Exposing the Myths Behind Fad Diets

Written by UConn Dietetic Intern, Valerie Mason What is a fad diet? Fad diets come and go as new research and new trends start to come out. Diets that claim, “rapid weight loss” or “no exercise needed”, or “see results fast” are likely fad diets and making false claims. These diets are often promoted and […]

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 […]

It’s All About Balance: Healthy Eating and Physical Activity

Written by UConn Dietetics student Olivia Ford Good nutrition, physical activity and a healthy body weight are all important parts of a person’s overall health and wellbeing. What is good nutrition you may ask? Good nutrition means you are eating a variety of whole foods that you enjoy like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, […]

Fermented Foods and their Benefits

Written by UConn Dietetics Student Amy Corcoran Fermented foods and drinks have been around for thousands of years, and they’re making a comeback! Fermentation is a process where microorganisms (think yeast, bacteria, and mold) break down the sugars in food to release acids, gases, nutrients, and alcohols. It’s how milk turns to tangy yogurt, cabbage […]