Health Notes

Little Label – Big Changes

by Pat Klaus, RD, LMNT, LD on June 22, 2016

Just one month from now, the little label on all your favorite foods will undergo some big changes. In fact, it’s the nutrition label’s biggest changes since 1993.

The FDA finalized changes in May which will make it easier for consumers to make informed decisions about the food they eat. The changes are based on new nutrition and public health research, the most recent dietary recommendations from expert groups, and input from citizens like you.

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Both crunchy and sweet, carrots are one of the most popular vegetables in America. Besides being just flat-out delicious, they are packed with a nutritional punch.

Carrots are probably best-known for being “good for your eyes.” But did you know that carrots are also good for your heart and are cancer-fighters, too?

Carrots are packed with vitamin A and antioxidants. (Fun fact, they actually got their name because they were rich in their namesake, beta-carotene!)  Studies show people who eat lots of carrots have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. Lab studies have also shown the ability of carrot extracts to inhibit the grown of colon cancer cells.
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Your Questions Answered: “How do I read a nutrition label?”

June 8, 2016
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Q. I’m trying to lose weight, but I really have no idea what to look for on those nutrition labels. What does all that information really boil down to? What should I be paying attention to, anyway? A. One of the most powerful tools when it comes to losing weight is right at our fingertips […]

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Surgery is Never the “Easy Way Out”

May 25, 2016

When a new patient walks into the Methodist Physicians Clinic Bariatric Surgery clinic, the first question we ask is how long they have been overweight. The number one answer we hear is ‘all my life.’ Most of the patients we see have been dieting all their life – so much so, they can’t even count […]

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Recipe: Keep Nutrition Simple with Salmon

May 18, 2016
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Salmon. It’s one of the world’s healthiest foods! Salmon season runs April through November, so now is the best time to get the freshest fish. No matter which variety of salmon you eat – Atlantic, Chinook, Chum, Coho, Pink or Sockeye – it’s good source of high quality protein and heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids. […]

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Your Questions Answered: “How can I satisfy my sweet tooth after surgery?”

May 11, 2016
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Q. Every time I go on a diet, my biggest vice is sweets. I try to give them up, but my sweet tooth always gets the better of me. I want my bariatric surgery and my weight loss to succeed! How can I help cure these sugar cravings while staying on course? Are low-calorie sweets […]

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Exercise: Moving to Prevent Back Pain

May 4, 2016
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Next to the common cold, low back pain is the most common reason people go see a doctor. Nearly 80 percent of people in the world will experience low back pain at some point in their life. But honestly, every human being deals with some degree of low back discomfort at times. In fact, some […]

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Two Balloons for Better Weight Loss

April 27, 2016
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There has been a lot of buzz since the FDA approved the gastric balloon six months ago. Now, this non-surgical weight loss option is available at Methodist Physicians Clinic Bariatric Surgery clinic, and it’s the only place in Omaha where “two is better than one.” The ReShapeTM Procedure is a different type of gastric balloon […]

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Recipe: Cajun Chicken Adds a Kick of Flavor to your Diet

April 20, 2016

Grilled chicken breast is a summer favorite, and a dieter’s go-to main course. And why shouldn’t it be? It’s packed with protein and a full supply of essential vitamins and minerals. Besides just the added nutrients, chicken is also known for helping control cholesterol and blood pressure, and reduces your risk of cancer. So if […]

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Exercise: Building Up for a Better Burn

April 6, 2016

You may have heard that strength training burns more calories. Did you know that is because strength training builds muscle, and muscle burns more calories? This means if you build more muscle you will also burn more calories during your cardio workout. Weights are pretty inexpensive, but for those of you on a tight budget, […]

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