Drug interactions with foods, grapefruit

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…

cooking with essential oils

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…

B Vitamins

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…

carbohydrates

Swapping carbs

By Daphne Baldwin Kornrich, MS, RDN, CSOWM, CDN Why are carbs so complicated? Carbohydrates are an essential macronutrient and are vital for our bodies to perform. Carbohydrates provide the necessary fuel for our bodies and minds to function. We could not survive very long without carbohydrates. When most people think of carbohydrates they think of…