Registered dietitian Joan Salge Blake writes that so-called superfoods, such as coconut water and chia seeds, are trendy but expensive, while regular fruits, vegetables and whole grains also have "super" nutritional qualities. She advocates choosing old favorites such as peanuts, eggs, baked potatoes and grape juice that are great sources of nutrients and antioxidants and are affordable.
Actor Ashton Kutcher recently landed in the hospital after adopting an all-fruit diet, which registered dietitian Marisa Moore says leaves out a lot of nutrients, protein and even fats needed to regulate bodily functions. She says fruit's natural sugars must be regulated by insulin and too much sugar could overwork the pancreas.
Registered dietitian Nikki Tierney says pumpkins' insides are all about nutrition, as they are packed with vitamins and low in fat and calories. Tierney, author of the "Be a Healthy Chef" cookbook, suggests adding pumpkin to pancakes, brownies and oatmeal, and using pumpkin seeds in trail mix that can be sprinkled on yogurt.
A study of 503 infants found 140 tested positive for a strong sensitivity to peanuts, and a mother's peanut consumption during pregnancy was a strong predictor of peanut sensitivity. "While our study does not definitively indicate that pregnant women should not eat peanut products during pregnancy, it highlights the need for further research," the lead researcher said.
The sage plant is in full bloom during the brisk fall months, and its flavor -- a mix of rosemary, mint and pine -- complements seasonal produce and lightens heavier meat dishes. Sage can even help such dishes as shortbread make the jump from savory to sweet, and this Bon Appetit article offers five other suggestions on how to use the herb.