Wednesday’s Food for Thought: Vitamin C and Pregnancy

By: Katlyn Piscatelli, Applied Nutrition for Healthy Living Fall 2012

Vitamin C deficiencies are becoming more prevalent in the world today. A study done with new research at the University of Copenhagen shows the effects of this. A large percentage of people suffer fromm the consequences of vitamin C deficiencies. Specific groups of people are more susceptible to vitamin C deficiencies that others are. Knowing the importance of vitamin C during pregnancy can help prevent serious consequences that may occur to the fetus.

            According to population studies, a large percentage of people suffer the consequences due to vitamin C deficiencies. About ten to twenty of all fully developed adults suffer from vitamin C deficiencies that started before they were born. These deficiencies cause brain damage and it cannot be reversed by taking vitamin C supplements after birth.  Humans cannot produce vitamin C on their own, which is why it is so important for pregnant women to take their daily vitamin pill.  Deficiencies effect the brain by stunting the growth of the hippocampus and the important memory center preventing development. Once the damage is done to the fetal brain, it can never be undone.

         There are certain categories of people that are more vulnerable of vitamin C deficiencies than others. One group that suffers more often are people who hold poor economic status. These people may not be able to afford to eat correctly or cannot get access to the correct vitamin supplements during pregnancy. Another group of people that suffer are those who smoke. Not to mention all the problems smoking when pregnant will cause. The importance of taking care of the fetus during pregnancy should be the top priority of the pregnant women. The study shows that if women eat a well balanced diet, don’t smoke, and take a daily vitamin supplement during pregnancy, there will be no vitamin C deficiency.

Works Cited

“When Pregnant Women Lack Vitamin C, Their Babies Pay The Price.” Medical News Today. MediLexicon International, 20 Nov. 2012. Web. 05 Dec. 2012.



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Should GMO’s be Labeled? UPDATE

As of this morning, Whole Foods has announced that all of the products in their US and Canadian stores will be labeled as genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) by 2018. They are the first national grocery chain to set a deadline for the labeling of products that contain GMO’s.

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Will you buy products that are labeled as containing GMO’s?
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National Day of Unplugging

Today is the fourth annual National Day of Unplugging.

I went out to lunch last Saturday afternoon and noticed that out of all the tables surrounding ours, not a single group was having a conversation. I was surrounded by the glow of smartphone screens. When did people forget that it’s rude to make phone calls during dinner? Or to ignore someone sitting right in front of them? Where have our manners gone? Most of us have become so accustomed to mindlessly checking our facebook, twitter or instagram feeds that we seem to have lost the real art of conversation. Or more simply. The ability to spend quality time with the person we are with. Stop wondering what everyone else is doing, eating or wearing. Focus on the people with whom you choose to surround yourself.
Today is the day to UNPLUG!
Try this challenge the next time you go out with friends:
“Make a pact to stay off your phones — the time you spend with your friends will really count. Adams suggests phone stacking: Have your pals stack their phones in the middle of the table and enjoy the live conversation, food (of which there will be no Instagramming) and eye contact. First person to reach for the phone picks up the tab.”

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You never know where unplugging, even for an hour or two, may take you.

How do you feel about unplugging?

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Fast Food Nation

By: Alex Burt, Applied Nutrition for Healthy Living Fall 2012

Obesity is a problem in America. Facts show that 15% of teenagers are obese, and that 33% of adults are obese. There are numerous facts about why fast food is unhealthy and not a proper choice when being on any type of diet. The only positive asset that fast food brings is the fact that it is typically a cheaper meal choice.

Fast food has a tremendous amount of calories in which help lead to gaining weight and obesity. A recommended calories per day diet consists of about 2,000 calories, depending on a person’s age, height, weight and activity level. The Deluxe breakfast offered by McDonald’s consists of 1,400 calories! Just one meal alone from McDonald’s reaches about 75% of the calories recommended for a daily healthy diet.

A second problem with serving fried foods in America is that sometimes it seems as if EVERY food is fried. Frying foods does serve fast foods’ purpose of making food available at a quicker rate, but frying foods increases calorie, saturated fat and carbohydrate levels.

Fast food can lead to health risk factors such as obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. Fast food restaurants should be forced to have a side menu with healthier meal choices that follow the 2,000 calorie diet. Doing this will potentially decrease the number of obese Americans.



Importance of Children’s Nutrition

By: Steve Lore, Applied Nutrition for Healthy Living Fall 2012

How would one react if a baby were to be dropped on its head? Knowing that the baby’s brain is developing and being aware that any type of impact to the head can cause some form of brain damage, why would anyone do the same by not supplying their developing child with proper nutrition? According to, poor nutrition for toddlers and unborn babies can cause developmental issues localized in the brain. indicates that a baby’s diet should be 50% fat (Jones, 2011). Development of the brain in the womb begins during the tenth week of pregnancy, in which the mother must have a healthy and balanced diet to prevent the risk of the baby being born with some form of retardation or a behavioral issue (Jones, 2011). After birth, the best way for a baby to receive a wide variety of nutrients is through breast feeding or some form of an iron-fortified formula (Jones, 2011). Once the child moves onto solid food, it is better for the child to have an intake of nutrients such as iron and protein to prevent a deficiency from developing (Jones, 2011).
Given the information regarding what can happen if a child is on a poor diet, the risk shows to be dangerous. Of course, the nutrition provided to the child is up to parents. If a mother decides to not provide their child (born or unborn) with the necessary nutrients needed in their diet, the child may have a disorder or could obtain a deficiency. It is in the hands of the parent or guardian to supply the child with a well-balanced and nutrient rich diet to prevent developmental disorders (which can cause a child problems in school and/or lower a child’s IQ) and physical disorders such as that of protein malnutrition. Keeping a child’s diet healthy is keeping a child’s brain development healthy, which is why children should be supplied with a well-balanced diet that is rich in nutrients.
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The Perks of Being a Vegan

By: Lexee Barber, Applied Nutrition for Healthy Living Fall 2012

A vegan diet has increasingly become more popular in this country. Craig’s restaurant is a vegan joint, one of many, on Santa Monica Boulevard that caters to the new culinary wave. This restaurant wants to send the message that vegan restaurants are not only opening their doors and services to the anti-carnivorous vegans but to everyone willing to try a healthier meal that still tastes good. Behind the scenes, vegan chefs have become skilled at using nut butters and spicy oils to add spectacular flavors.

The plant based diet is seen to be more efficient for the environment and healthy living. Plants and nuts can provide us with plenty of vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, and even protein.

General benefits to take into consideration:

1. Eating less meat can decrease the number of  industrial farms which in-turn decreases animal cruelty.

2. By eating plants directly instead of feeding it to the animals and then eating the animals, we are making more efficient use of our land and irrigation.

3. The vegan diet limits calories, salt, sugar, and harmful fats that can be found otherwise in a normal diet.

4. The vegan phenomenon will continue to grow and promote a healthier longer life.

Katz, David L. “The Benefits and Dangers of a Vegan Diet – Advice from Dr.  Katz –” N.p., Nov. 2009. Web. 17 Nov. 2012. <>.

Gordinier, Jeff. “Making Vegan A New Normal.” The New York Times. The New York Times, 26 Sept. 2012. Web. 18 Nov. 2012. <>.
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Friday Review: Caveman Diet – Primordial Effects

By: Samantha Rutledge, Applied Nutrition for Healthy Living, Fall 2012

            This is a nutritional plan based on the primordial diet – going back to the earliest ages of human-kind, consisting of wild plants and animals. “Some are calling this a diet to become in touch with your spiritual side.” (Pat Fallon) It is a very wholesome diet allowing for an increase in energy. This diet hones in on the fact you will become much healthier. This equates to the fact that in the thick of the diet you will crave healthy foods and eat in more regular intervals.  There are an overwhelming amount of advantages to eating like this; however, it is extremely difficult because a lot of willpower is needed to be successful.

            The most important part of this diet allows your system to detox. Removing a build up of toxins in your body. Naturally making you feel clean inside and out (for example: in- intestines, out- skin complexion). This diet can be popular among those who need to be come more in touch with their senses, thus making your mind be sharp throughout the day. A certain animal instinct is developed through this eating style of sharpening senses. Some drawbacks would be, grain is completely revoked from the diet. A lot of people today look at grains as something negative; however, you need to see what works for you. If you are a person who needs this nutrient to keep them stable, this diet is not for you. For those looking for an alternative diet, that puts them back in touch with their primordial natural healthy side, this is a slam-dunk.

 What trendy diets have you tried lately?

*Pat Fallon, a sturdy contender in the Caveman Diet, NH 2012

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Join us Tuesday, February 5th in Prospect Hall at lunch for Strawberry Kale Smoothies!

Kale has recently been added to the list of “superfoods” that people should consume. This is due in big part to the fact that it contains a good amount of Vitamins A & C which act as antioxidants in the body (antioxidants help reduce free radical damage which can lead to cancer and other health issues). According to 1 cup of kale contains 36 calories, 5 grams of fiber, and 15% of the daily requirement of calcium and vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), 40% of magnesium, 180% of vitamin A, 200% of vitamin C, and 1,020% of vitamin K. It is also a good source of minerals copper, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus.

So, stop by and try one of our delicious Strawberry Kale Smoothies or make one at home for yourself!


1 cup chopped fresh kale, stems removed

1 cup frozen strawberries, slightly thawed

1 frozen ripe banana

1 cup Greek yogurt

1 cup crushed ice.

Blend until it reaches your desired consistency. Pour into glass, drink and enjoy!

Tell us how you like it!