Are Artificial Sweeteners Safe?

By Helaine Krasner, RDN, CDNArtifical sweeteners

Are artificial sweeteners safe? The quick answer is “yes”. However, the whole story is a bit more complicated, and research is ongoing.

There are five FDA-approved artificial sweeteners used as sugar substitutes: sucralose (Splenda), acesulfame potassium (also known as Ace K), aspartame (Nutrasweet, Equal), saccharin (Sweet’N Low), and neotame. Other sugar substitutes labeled natural include sugar alcohols, stevia (Truvia, PureVia), and monk fruit.  Continue reading

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Preventing Chronic Disease with Anti-Inflammatory Foods

By Barbara Broggelwirth, RD, CDN

inflammation-1440x810Inflammation is characterized as acute or chronic.

Acute inflammation is a normal and short lived response, such as when you are injured and your body responds by sending specific immune cells to heal it.  This response typically lasts minutes to a few days.

Chronic inflammation is a long-term response (months to years) that may be caused by poor diet, exposure to environmental toxins, a virus and stress. If uncontrolled, chronic inflammation can lead to damaged cells that ultimately result in long term disease states. Continue reading

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Fitness Apps

By, Melissa Buscetta, RD, CDN

fitness-app-round-upNowadays, your smartphone can do just about anything. Did you know you can use that smartphone as a personal trainer of sorts, too? Fitness apps can help motivate you to exercise. While no app is going to take the place of professional advice from a physician, registered dietitian, physical therapist or certified personal trainer, there are plenty of fun fitness apps you can use to motivate yourself.  Here are some top favorites: Continue reading

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Skinny Mint Protein Shake

By Your Bariatric Nutrition Team

Skinny MintThe holidays are filled with sweets, treats and carb loaded eats! It’s a time when most people fall off track and indulge in over eating. If you’re prepared, you can avoid the post-holiday bloat and still enjoy the flavors of the season! When the holidays come around make sure you secure a protein packed substitute and take the focus off of food and keep it on family. Try our Skinny Mint Protein Shake this holiday season! Continue reading

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Armed with Antioxidants

By Melissa Buscetta, RD, CDN

antioxident foodsWhat is free radical damage? Many believe that free radical damage is the heart of why we age. The free radical theory of aging states that every time we consume something, we generate what are called free radicals.

There is a structure in cells called the mitochondria, which is the powerhouse to the cell. When you take in food sources, the mitochondria generates energy, and as a by- product, forms an oxygen ion with a negative charge known as the free radical. This free radical is like a scavenger. It looks around and says “I need another electron to make me free, to make me not so agitated. I’m going to bombard the muscle cells and cause atrophy. I’m going to bombard the brain cells and cause things like Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s. I’m going to bombard the spleen and decrease the immune system.” After a while these membranes get little holes poked in them and they can become rancid and build up toxins in our body.

What can we do to prevent this? Antioxidants are one of the most powerful weapons against free radical damage. Continue reading

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Probiotics: Good bacteria that promote a healthy digestive system and healthier you

By Barbara Broggelwirth RD, CDN


Bacteria in your digestive tract? Sounds gross, right? Not so fast.  Large numbers of microorganisms live ON and IN our bodies. In fact, microorganisms in the human body outnumber human cells by 10 to 1, and many of the microorganisms in probiotic products are the same as or similar to microorganisms that naturally live in our bodies. (1) It’s all good. Continue reading

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By: Your Bariatric Nutrition Team

cabbage rollsCrock Pot Season is upon us! It’s time to get creative, toss everything into the slow cooker and head to work while works its makes magic. The beauty of crock pots is they cook for us while we are at work and we come home to a delicious homemade meal!  You can combine lean meat, vegetables and spices and let them simmer all day for a heaty meal.

Try our Slow Cooker Cabbage Rolls recipe adapted from! Continue reading

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