By Emma Slattery, Student Nutritionist
As a student nutritionist on a campus with Chipotle within walking distance this is one of the questions I get asked on a daily basis.
Is Chipotle healthy?
Luckily Chipotle is an amazing chain that gives customers a lot of freedom in creating a meal, meaning that your Chipotle most certainly can be healthy!
By: Jillian Pancio, Student Nutritionist
College living can be tough. Oftentimes you're in a building with strangers and live on top of your roommates. Although this experience can be fun, it can also be an easy way to spread germs. A good tip to get better faster and back to studying is to incorporate Vitamin C into your diet! Vitamin C has been seen to reduce the length of cold symptoms by a day and a half. It is an essential vitamin for the growth and repair of tissue in the body. Many people think of Vitamin C and think of oranges and orange juice. However, the list of Vitamin C abundant foods extends well beyond this. The following items including, citrus fruits, potatoes, strawberries, brussel sprouts and red bell peppers are some of the other foods with great sources of Vitamin C.
Your diet can help you get better faster and give the body the nutrients it needs to fight off this season's flu!
By: Julia Dugas, Dietetic Intern
The New Year is right around the corner and you know what that means, fad diets. It’s great that people are motivated at the beginning of the year to get healthy, but many plans found online are not good for your health. There are hundreds of fad diets out there that may show results in the short term, but the requirement of food group elimination and calorie restriction means they are not sustainable. You should know how to spot a fad diet when you see one and look the other way.
By: Michael Abernathy, Dietetic Intern
If you're anything like me, you often find yourself with little to no time during the week to just sit down and cook a meal. This can be extremely frustrating, especially when trying to stay fit and healthy during the winter months. The solution for me is meal prepping
By: Julia Dugas, Dietetic Intern
During the holidays, your health may be the last thing on your mind. Most people indulge for a few weeks and then fall into the “New Years Resolution” trap of fad dieting and restricting food or calories. There are ways to navigate the holidays so you feel refreshed and energized after the New Year, but still get to enjoy yourself.
By: Emma Slattery, Student Nutritionist
"High Fructose Corn Syrup.... It's bad, right?"
Everyone seems to know of High Fructose Corn Syrup but few people know what exactly it is.
There’s no doubt that there has been an increase in the availability of gluten-free product, which is extremely helpful for those people with celiac disease. However, there is a massive amount of miss information about the “negative effects” of gluten on the general population. So we’re going to help you understand a little bit more about gluten. You don’t want to end up like these people:
By Amber-Ray Davidson, Student Nutritionist
No, seriously. I didn't know either. Back in 1991, the World Health Organization released some research that discusses the possible carcinogenic effects of coffee. Evidence suggested that coffee consumption could lead to bladder cancer and play a role in prostate and pancreatic cancers. However, an article released today by the Wall Street Journal informs us that WHO has dropped the carcinogenic classification. In fact, they have also found evidence suggesting that coffee reduces the risk of liver and uterine cancers. WHO is a bit late to the party, seen as other organizations have been on the safe consumption bandwagon. However, the International Agency for Research on Cancer has found research to suggest that consuming too-hot beverages has a carcinogenic effect. Just to be on the safe side, let that coffee cool a bit before you take a drink.
By: Elizabeth Katsion, Student Nutritionist
Every 5 years the recommendations for the Dietary Guidelines are revamped, and the 2015-2020 guidelines called for improved nutrition labels. These new labels emphasize serving sizes, calories, and now include the amount of added sugars in the product. Calories from fat has been removed, and actual gram amounts of vitamins and minerals have been added. Serving sizes have grown in some cases taking into consideration when the consumer eats the entire container in one sitting (for packages with one or two servings like small bags of candy). The added sugars section is included to show consumers that many foods that include sugars are not necessarily "bad". For example, fresh fruit or milk contain natural sugars, different from added sugars. Additionally, the new labels will be more visible on products then they were before. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration believe these improvements will help consumers make more informed decisions in regards to food. These labels are slowly being introduced into the public and should be the permanent replacement by 2018. For more information regarding the new nutrition label guidelines, check out the FDA's website here.
Terps With Taste is run by the Student Nutritionist Team with University of Maryland Dining Services. We write content for students, by students. Enjoy!