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‘Healthy’ Foods that Really Aren’t

Published on ivillage.com July 12, 2012
‘Healthy’ Foods that Really Aren’t

Reduced-Fat Peanut Butter Anything with less fat seems like it would be a healthier choice, but in reality, it’s not, says Karen Graham, SmartNutritionbyKG.com a registered dietitian and member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “Reduced-fat peanut butters are usually junk. Often when they remove the fat from a product they have to manipulate the ingredients to make up for the lost flavor and texture, so manufacturers usually replace the fat with sugar.” Plus many brands use ingredients like corn syrup solids and hydrogenated...

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Got (Non-Diary) Milk?

Published in Natural Solutions Magazine May/June issue 2009
Got (Non-Diary) Milk?

As the mustached celebrities in those milk ads tell us milk does a body good thanks to its calcium, vitamin D and other nutrients But what if you’re lactose intolerant, vegan or simple not a an of cow’s milk? You have plenty of nondiary options- from the more common ones like soy and rice milks to the nut, oat, and even hemp varieties. “I tell patients with lactose issues to explore all of these nondiary alternatives because they all meet different nutritional needs and have unique tastes,” says Karen Graham, RD, an...

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Moderation is key to benefits of using Olive Oil

Published in Arizona Republic/ Arizonacentral.com August 31, 2012
Moderation is key to benefits of using Olive Oil

Next time you reach for the olive oil at the stove, use a lighter touch. It may not be as healthy as you think. For years, olive oil has been hailed as a part of a healthful diet, and nutrition conscious cooks have used it freely. Therein lies the problem: People might be cautious about how much butter they use, but olive oil seems to have been given a pass in the moderation department. Dr. Joel Fuhrman, author of “Eat to Live” and a specialist in nutrition treatments for obesity agrees that people might consume more olive oil than...

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Top 10 Healthiest Halloween Treats

Published in Arizona Foothills October, 2012
Top 10 Healthiest Halloween Treats

Every year I buy mass amounts of Halloween candy which I then have to stash at my neighbor’s house so I don’t mow down all the M&Ms. Yes, I lack willpower. But this year I’m going to think outside the bag of M&Ms and take a cue from my grandma. She gave out hot chocolate packets and was the hit of her neighborhood. Halloween doesn’t have to be a nutritional nightmare. To find out some healthier treats, I went to Karen Graham, RD, a nutritionist right here in Phoenix. Here are her healthy Halloween picks (no trick)… 1. Think...

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The Superhero Diet

Published in Every Day with Rachael Ray July/August 2012
The Superhero Diet

Spiderman and Batman are both soaring into movie theatres this summer. They’re buff, tough and ready to kick some serious butt – but doesn’t saving the planet have them starving? Arizona-based dierttian Karen Graham breaks down how much food one day in their super lifestyles would require. The short answer is: a lot.       Spider-Man (aka Peter Parker) Height: 5’10” Weight: 167lbs To lift up to 10 tons: Peter requires lots and lots of protein to maintain his Spidey strength. 12 eggs, 3 turkey legs,...

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First Steps: One Change to Start A Low-Cholesterol Diet

Published on about.com Febuary 28, 2011
First Steps: One Change to Start A Low-Cholesterol Diet

Beginning a low-cholesterol diet after a lifetime of routine can be very challenging. Here, nutrition experts told us what they would do if they could only make one change to begin a cholesterol-lowering diet. Write it Out “List 16 of your favorite plant based foods,” recommends Carol Ireton-Jones, PhD, RD, LD, Nutrition Therapy Consultant in Carrollton, Texas. “By listing what people like, they can identify things that they can eat in place of processed foods and fats, providing is an easy way to decrease cholesterol and fat...

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Vitamin D: The Sunshine Vitamin

Published on wellnessfx.com August 2012
Vitamin D: The Sunshine Vitamin

Vitamin D, in the true sense, is actually a hormone, not a vitamin. The human body can synthesize vitamin D as long as we are exposed to enough sunlight. This is why vitamin D is known as the “sunshine vitamin.” We can also get it through specific foods in our diet and supplements. When UVB rays from the sun hit our skin, an inactive form of vitamin D is produced. This inactive form then travels to the kidney where it is converted to the active form, known as 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D, which the body can use for many...

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4 Nutrition Tips for a Healthy Heart

Published on gfreeconnect.com February 15, 2012
4 Nutrition Tips for a Healthy Heart

February brings us American Heart Month reminding us to keep our heart healthy. Many of us don’t think much about our heart health. We spend so much time focusing on how to eat gluten free we sometimes forget about what else we need to do to keep our bodies functioning optimally. This is an important reminder because there are multiple things that can go wrong with our heart, including hypertension, heart disease, vascular disease & stroke. According to the American Heart Association every 39 seconds 1 American dies of cardio vascular...

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The High Cost Of Savings On Your Health

Published on sheknows.com October 3, 2011
The High Cost Of Savings On Your Health

The Cost of Savings Families that spend pennies for piles of food and supplies are the stars of TLC’s Extreme Couponing (airing each Wednesday at 10/9c). These families consider couponing a full-time job and designate entire rooms in their homes to their food hoards — all in the name of a good deal. Times are tough and every penny counts, so who could blame these savvy shoppers? Many extreme couponers even donate much of their loot to charities, but there may be a downside to this practice other than getting stuck in line behind...

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