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High Fat and Super Healthy The idea that eating fat makes us unhealthy or causes weight gain has been mostly debunked; culprits of poor health are refined foods, processed foods, packaged foods and foods eaten out of the home, not fat alone. What is more important than the amount of fat is the type of [...]

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Almond Milk: A Healthful Alternative to Dairy? Thumbnail

Fresh 20 Nutritionist, Allison Arnett, answers your questions about Nutrition Almond Milk: A Healthful Alternative to Dairy? We often receive questions at the Fresh 20 about commercially available foods, and this week we focus on almond milk. While it can be a component of a balanced diet, depending on the ingredient list it can also [...]

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Ask the Nutritionist: Are there benefits to a gluten-free diet if you do not have celiac disease or sensitivity? Thumbnail

Fresh 20 Nutritionist, Allison Arnett, answers your questions about Nutrition 1. Is coconut oil a healthier alternative to other cooking oils like olive oil? This is a very relevant question given the abundance of conflicting information. Olive oil is definitely the healthier option. Olive oil is 78% monounsaturated fat and only 8% saturated fat. Conversely, [...]

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Fresh 20 Nutritionist, Allison Arnett, answers your questions about Nutrition 1. Are there certain foods you should never eat together, due to different digestion times? Studies actually continue to reveal that combining foods from different food groups is more valuable than eating them separately. Our digestive system is able to handle a variety of foods [...]

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Avocados: they’re so high in fat and calories, are they really a healthy item? Thumbnail

Fresh 20 Nutritionist, Allison Arnett, answers your questions about Nutrition 1. Avocados: they’re so high in fat and calories, are they really a healthy item? Don’t be afraid of the high fat content of avocados. Avocados are high in monounsaturated fat; this type of fat can help reduce LDL (the bad) cholesterol and may even [...]

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Ask the Nutritionist: Which is better for you—a potato or brown rice? Thumbnail

Fresh 20 Nutritionist, Allison Arnett, answers your questions about Nutrition 1. How much protein does a vegetarian need? The simple answer is, a person who follows a vegetarian or vegan needs the exact same amount of protein as a healthy person (of the same age) following any other dietary plan. Protein is certainly an essential [...]

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