Dietary Pulses: A Helpful Tool for Weight Loss

Eating more dietary pulses, also known as legumes, may be the secret to weight loss success. As registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) are well aware, most individuals who try to lose weight focus on avoiding certain foods, and eating fewer calories, but recent research...

Potential Health Benefits of Medical Marijuana: A Look at the Research

This article is one in a series on medical marijuana, or cannabis. These articles are solely for the purpose of educating and informing nutrition professionals about medical marijuana. They are not an endorsement for marijuana use by Nutrition411.

Spices in the Medicine Chest

Spices have had a number of purposes throughout history. In addition to their use in flavoring food, spices were used in cosmetics, to embalm the dead, and to mask the taste of food past its prime prior to the availability of refrigeration. In the 1700s and 1800s, pirates...

Superfoods and Their Super Powers

Although there is no official clinical definition, “superfoods” are considered to be foods with high amounts of nutrient-rich compounds that help you fight disease and live healthier. Generally, superfoods are unprocessed whole foods and contain plentiful amounts of...

Medical Marijuana 101: What Nutrition Professionals Should Know

The topic of medical marijuana, also known as medical cannabis, is becoming more frequently and openly discussed, mainly by patients who are interested in learning more about the ways this plant may help with various medical conditions. Unfortunately, although it is...

Cranberries: Health Benefits

Cranberries provide plenty of vitamin C, fiber, vitamin E, vitamin K, and manganese, but their real power stems from their abundant phytochemical content. In fact, cranberries are higher in antioxidants than strawberries, spinach, broccoli, red grapes, apples, raspberries,...

Mushrooms: A Great Source of Antioxidants and Other Nutrients

Research has shown that people who consume the most produce have lower risks of cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and atherosclerosis. For the best sources of nutrition, the message is to eat the most brightly colored fruits and vegetables; but mushrooms, technically a fungus,...

Quinoa: A Versatile Superfood

Although quinoa has only recently made its mark on Americans’ plates, it has been around for thousands of years and originated in South America. While often coined as a grain, quinoa is actually a seed and is labeled a “pseudo-cereal.” Quinoa is often termed a superfood...

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