Foods and Supplements

Find information and resources concerning hot topics, such as dietary supplements, probiotics and popular food ingredients. Learn about the latest trends in functional foods and how to help clients evaluate health claims for certain foods and supplements.

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  • Calcium Supplements

    11/07/2017 - The addition of a calcium supplement to their daily regimen was the first line of defense for the prevention or treatment of osteoporosis.

  • Milk Consumption and Acne

    05/05/2017 - Many factors are suspected to contribute to the development of acne, including genetics, hormones and diet. The question regarding diet and acne has been debated for many years, and there is still a perception by many young adults that certain foods and drinks exacerbate it.

  • Mushrooms and Their Contribution of Vitamin D

    09/23/2016 - There are few naturally occurring sources of vitamin D, especially ones suitable for vegetarians and vegans. Mushrooms that are cultivated in the wild have historically contained higher amounts of vitamin D in comparison to those grown commercially.

  • Is Dietary Fiber Considered an Essential Nutrient?

    03/14/2016 - Fiber is undoubtedly an essential part of a healthy eating plan, yet its implication as a nutrient has been somewhat elusive. The definition of what constitutes as fiber has evolved over the years, as have the methods used to assess it.

  • Edible Flowers - Safe to Consume?

    02/17/2016 - The renewed interest in cooking and garnishing with flowers has prompted the interest of research into the nutritive value of edible flowers. But one of the biggest concerns regarding edible flowers is whether they are safe to consume.

  • Is Vinegar an Effective Treatment for Glycemic Control?

    12/29/2015 - Many of the trials evaluating the effectiveness of vinegar and glycemic control were small in scale, and the amount of vinegar, type of vinegar, its acidity, timing of consumption, and composition of the meal varied. The participants ranged from healthy adults to people at risk for diabetes to those with a diagnosis of prediabetes or diabetes and controlled their condition either with diet or with medication.

  • Dietary Nitrates and Nitrites

    12/09/2015 - For those wishing to increase their nitrate intake for health benefits, it is best to obtain it from nitrate-rich vegetables like leafy greens (or the roots of plants with leafy greens, like beets).

  • Coconut Oil

    11/20/2015 - After its use decreased in recent decades due to its high saturated fatty acid content, coconut oil is making a comeback. Now, marketing claims for coconut oil can be found on Web sites, product literature, magazine articles and books promoting its use.

  • Probiotics

    11/16/2015 - Our understanding of probiotics is a work in progress. The challenge to develop evidence-based practice guidelines for probiotics, prebiotics and synbiotics is the need for additional research in the form of well-designed, controlled trials for the numerous proposed functions of these products.