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Three Ways to Boost Your Nutritional Intake

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A bowl of popcornLast week one of the biggest nutrition conferences of the year, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food and Nutrition Conference and Exhibition, took place in Philadelphia. This is an exciting time for professionals to see what is on the market and how it can be beneficial to your health. Here’s just a glimpse of three things that were presented with immediate application to how you can increase the nutrient density of your grocery cart.   

  • Healthy Choice is a brand we commonly see at the grocery store. They are convenient foods that take only a few minutes to microwave and, voila, you have a meal. A recent study found that people who ate a portion-controlled frozen Healthy Choice meal in place of their typical restaurant or cafeteria lunch, without changing anything else about their normal diet or exercise routine, lost weight and improved their diet quality at the end of 30 days.
  • Orville Redenbacher’s popcorn is a great was to get your whole grains! Results of a recent study show that popcorn, a popular 100% whole grain snack, can help people to increase their consumption of whole grains. Researchers looked at the diets of people who ate a daily snack of 100 calories of popcorn for three months without being asked to change anything else about their diets. At the end of the three-month period, those who ate popcorn as a snack increased their consumption of whole grains while also decreasing their consumption of refined grains.
  • Tomatoes are delicious and full of antioxidants such as Lycopene. Researchers recently looked at the most common non-starchy vegetables in Americans’ diets to determine the vegetable that provides the highest level of antioxidants based on total consumption and antioxidant capacity. They found that canned tomato products provide the greatest amount of antioxidants to Americans’ diets over any other commonly consumed vegetable. Canned tomatoes (think Hunt’s) are also a convenient and economical way to increase vegetable intake. 

I’ll keep you posted on research that you can apply right to your dinner table!

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Tara Gidus is a nationally recognized expert and spokesperson on nutrition and fitness.

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