May 1, 2013
The Meals on Wheels People Food Service Department uses a six week cycle menu to provide you with a variety of meals.
April 1, 2013
Dark leafy greens offer plenty of the antioxidants beta carotene and Vitamin C, which may help protect you from cancer and slow the aging process. The darker the leaves, the more nutrient-rich the leafy green.
March 1, 2013
Whether it’s allergies, a vegan diet or another health concern, many people decide to stop eating dairy. Fortunately, there are now many non-dairy milk alternatives which come close to mimicking the taste and texture of dairy products.
February 1, 2013
There is evidence that a little bit of dark chocolate can have a favorable effect on blood vessels by lowering blood pressure, improving blood flow to the brain and heart, making blood platelets less sticky and able to clot and reducing LDL ("bad") cholesterol and elevating HDL ("good") cholesterol.
January 2, 2013
The 2010 Dietary Guidelines reminded us that B12 is one of the nutrients in which supplementation may be warranted for older individuals. After the age of 50, hydrochloric acid production in the stomach decreases making it more difficult to absorb the naturally-occurring B12 from food. The Guidelines suggest people in this age group consume a B12-containing supplement or B12-fortified foods because those sources don’t require stomach acid for absorption. The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) is 2.4 micrograms (mcg) per day.
December 3, 2012
More than 2,500 varieties of apples are grown in the U.S. and Americans consume about 50 pounds of apples, fresh or processed, per person annually. That is great news because consumption of apples has been linked with a reduction in some cancers, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
November 1, 2012
There are approximately 79 million people living with prediabetes. Over a three-to-five-year period, people with prediabetes have a five-to 15-fold higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes than those with normal blood glucose levels. They are also at greater risk for coronary artery disease and strokes. The exact timeline of progression from prediabetes to type 2 diabetes is still unclear but it has been demonstrated that type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed through intensive lifestyle changes.
October 1, 2012
Gluten-free dieting has gained significant popularity in the general population. It is estimated that 1.6 million Americans are on a gluten-free diet, and most of them do not have a diagnosis of celiac disease. The number one reason consumers state they buy gluten-free products is that they believe they are healthier than gluten-containing products. Endorsements from celebrities have undoubtedly contributed to the increased awareness of possible healthy benefits of gluten avoidance, including weight loss. Despite the health claims, there is no published evidence to support such claims for the general population.
September 4, 2012
Pulses, the nutritiously-packed seeds of legumes, dry peas, lentils and chickpeas, have been a part of the world’s cuisine for centuries. Today, they are making a comeback as Americans are looking for healthier food that is both adventurous and familiar. Because pulses are gluten-free with high-quality vegetarian protein, they offer a way to address the growing demand for foods that fit special diets for vegetarians, people with diabetes and celiac disease.
August 1, 2012
Black, green, Oolong and white teas all come from the same plant called Camellia sinensis. (Herbal teas are not considered tea since they are not from the Camellia sinensis plant, and therefore, do not offer the same antioxidant benefits.)