Is Soy Bad for You?

For the second guest to post for Whole Green Wellness, I introduce registered dietitian nutritionist turned physician assistant Carolyn Tampe! Carolyn is also a certified diabetes educator and plant-based nutrition expert. She has given many talks on vegan nutrition and soy and sticks to evidence-based facts. For the much-awaited hot-topic post on soy, read on… By…

4 Reasons to Include Nuts in Your Diet

There is a lot of conflicting messaging about nuts—eat them, don’t eat them, they’ll make you fat, they’ll help you lose weight, they’ll give you heart disease, they’ll cure your heart disease, and so on. Unfortunately this is nothing new when it comes to the consumer world of nutrition media messaging. Because nutrition science is…

Why is Fiber Important?

Fiber is one of those nutrients you constantly hear about but may not be entirely sure what it is, where it’s found, and what it does for you. What is fiber? Fiber is a type of carbohydrate, but since your body cannot digest it, you don’t absorb calories from it. If someone with diabetes or…

Did the FDA Ban Trans Fat?

Big nutrition news today: the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) told industry to phase out the use of artificial trans fat, with complete removal from the food supply within three years. The FDA is taking trans fat off of the “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) list and declares that removing it from the food…

What is an Antioxidant?

You have probably heard of these powerful chemicals–they’re frequently praised in the media as anti-cancer and anti-aging miracles. So what’s all the hype about? Here’s the low-down on antioxidants: Antioxidants are free radical scavengers. A free radical is a chemistry term for a molecule that has an unpaired electron—thus making it highly reactive. Think of…

5 Nutrition Powerhouses for Cinco de Mayo

Hola amigos, Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner! Whether you have big fiesta plans or will be staying in and laying low, there are plenty of healthful choices to choose from when it comes to Mexican food. In fact, many Mexican dishes are comprised of nutritious plant-based ingredients! Here are 5 versatile nutrition…

How to Build Strong Bones

Today is the last day of National Nutrition Month, and I’d like to touch base on a potentially confusing topic: bone health. What’s the first thing you think of when you think of strong bones? If it’s milk, you’re not alone. In fact, billions of dollars have been spent to achieve exactly that–get Americans to…

Top 3 Reasons to Add More Plants to Your Diet

Happy National Nutrition Month! March is National Nutrition Month so I’m kicking it off with the Top 3 (nutritional) Reasons to Add More Plants to Your Diet. Research agrees time and time again that the most healthful diets have one thing in common: a foundation of lots of fruits + veggies! In fact, the 2015 Dietary Guidelines…

Happy Heart Month!

  Valentine’s Day isn’t the only reason you see hearts everywhere this month–February is American Heart Month! Good nutrition and lifestyle can go a long way in preventing heart disease, which happens to be the top killer of women in the United States. Here are the top 4 ways to help keep your heart in peak…