Be aware of potential food and drug interactions

By Helaine Krasner MS, RDN, CDN Many people are not aware that the safety and effectiveness of certain medications can be impacted not only by when they are taken but what they are taken with. Certain food components can either decrease absorption, thus decreasing effectiveness of a medication, or can affect how easily the body…

Spice up your cooking with essential oils

By Linda Folken, RDN, CDN, CHC-ACE While cooking methods often depend on diet and personal preferences, there are several benefits to using essential oils in cooking. Not only will essential oils provide any meal with a powerful flavor, but they also provide a natural way to flavor food and can offer convenience when fresh ingredients…

Four of the B vitamins: thiamine, biotin, folate and cobalamin

By Daphne Baldwin Kornrich, MS, RDN, CSOWM There are eight water-soluble B vitamins that do not provide energy, thus do not have calories, but act as cofactors and coenzymes in the release of energy from food. The B vitamins are: Thiamine (B1), Riboflavin (B2), Niacin (B3), Pantothenic Acid (B5), Pyridoxine (B6), Biotin (B7), Folate/Folic acid…

Enjoy fall fun and seasonal foods

By Janet Domke, RN BSN, and Daphne Baldwin Kornrich, MS, RDN, CSOWM, CDN Seasonal eating is a good way to add variety to your diet and incorporate new recipes. Fresh autumn produce is available many local farmer’s markets, including brussel sprouts, cauliflower and turnips as well as cabbage and dark leafy greens, pears, apples, persimmons…

The benefits of exercise for breast cancer survivors

By Barbara Broggelwirth, RDN, CDN Over the past two decades, exercise-oncology research, particularly with breast cancer, has made great strides and revealed very positive results. The research confirms that “exercise plays a vital role in improving cardiopulmonary function, psychological events, muscular strength, and endurance in breast cancer survivors” (1).