In 2014, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported that there were 58.7 pounds of boneless chicken and 51.5 pounds of beef per person available to eat in the US, but did you know that over 7.3 million people in the United States follow a vegetarian based diet? Many of you may ask “How do they get enough protein?” The fact of the matter is there are many foods that are great sources of protein that are not animal products.
When the clocks are set back and the weather starts getting colder, getting enough vitamin D can become an issue. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin made in the body with the exposure to sunlight. With less sunlight during the winter months as well as more clothes covering the skin, vitamin D intake through foods becomes even more important.
Not only do our food choices matter, but how we cook matters, too. Did you know that cooking with high heat produces compounds called AGEs? Read more about cooking methods and how to reduce your AGE intake.
If you heard someone say they are on the Med-diet, what would your first thought be? It might sound like a diet that involves taking a lot of medicine or pills, but it’s actually much different. The Med-diet is an abbreviation for Mediterranean diet, which is inspired by dietary patterns from Greece, Southern Italy, and Spain.
Let’s get serious for a minute: the truth is that many people do not know where their next meal is coming from. This struggle to access safe and nutritious food is known as food insecurity, and it is estimated to affect 797,000 people living in Cook County alone.
Heartland Health Outreach is celebrating National Nutrition Month with a recipe collection! Do you have a recipe that can take the (nutritious) cake?
If you were raised on oatmeal growing up, thank your parents! Eating oatmeal every day is a habit worth having.