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How much fruit should I eat to avoid going on a blood sugar roller coaster ride?

That is a fantastic substitution! Foods high in added sugar (or “junk food”) can raise your blood sugar level and increase total body inflammation, which may depress your immune system. By slowly reducing its intake you will improve your overall health. Replacing foods full of added…

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Is aspartame really as bad as they say?

Your question is a good one. I work with patients undergoing treatment for cancer, so I have been asked this many times over the years. There is a lot of information about artificial sweeteners in the media and on the internet, some helpful and some…not so much. Let’s start by reviewing…

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What are some quick ways to eat healthier in this fast-paced society?

It is true…many people today eat based on convenience and time. Eating healthy in a fast paced and convenient society can be challenging. So many of my patients are overweight because they “grab” food and “go” and don’t pay much attention to what they are eating. They tell me…

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Frozen Food Month: Why Buy Frozen Juice?

Mix it up this month and celebrate Frozen Food Month with Old Orchard! Our consumers have come to equate our brand with innovation, quality, variety and value, as we are constantly focused on creating new products that reflect the latest health and flavor trends. With March being Frozen…

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How can I add flavor to my cooking without adding calories?

I love this question! I think that herbs and spice combinations can completely transform the taste and overall experience of a dish. Adding the right flavorings depending on what you are serving can increase meal satisfaction without having to add a lot of salt or fat. I would first…

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How much weight will I lose if I drink smoothies?

Smoothies can certainly be a healthy part of your diet, although smoothie consumption is not a “sure thing” for weight loss. To put it simplistically, smoothies contain calories. Consuming more calories than our body can burn can lead to weight gain, even if the smoothie is overall…

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Losing Weight with Hypothyroidism

Article by Registered Dietitian, Amy Bragagnini, MS, RD, CSO I have a colleague who recently let me know that she is unhappy with her weight. She reported that she has tried for years to lose weight and, despite her best efforts, she has been unable. She finally went to the doctor and was…

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How much juice can I drink after gastric bypass surgery?

Thanks for the thoughtful question. I will definitely address your question about consumption of Old Orchard Juice but first I would like to explain what dumping syndrome is and how it can be managed (for people who are unfamiliar with what you are going through). The Mayo Clinic defines…

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is it healthier to make my juice from scratch or buy Old Orchard juice?

This is a great question and it is one I hear almost every day. Many of my patients tell me that they have struggle getting adequate amounts of fruits and vegetables so they ask me if they can just juice instead. I always try to get my patients to consume the whole fruit or vegetable but if…

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Post-Holiday Blue Mood

The holidays have come and gone. All the months of excited anticipation and preparation are over in (what seemed like) a blink of an eye. I usually call this time of the year my “blue mood” time. I generally feel a little sad and depressed during this period. Apparently I am not the only…

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