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Dear Dietitian – What effects do trans fats have on the body?

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Dear Readers,

We've all heard of trans fats by now, but what are they and what effect do they have on the body? "Trans" is a chemistry term that refers to the arrangement of molecules. In a trans formation, molecules are arranged on opposite sides of the carbon: carbon double bond.

Trans fats, which are unsaturated, are found in small amounts in animal products. The big offender has been artificial trans fats, like shortening, which contained partially hydrogenated oils. The good news is as of June 2018, artificial trans fats have been banned in the United States. 

Cooking at Home - Asparagus, Mandarin Orange, Chicken and Rice 

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Makes:   4 Servings 

Prep time: 30 minutes

Fresh asparagus, mandarin oranges, chicken, and brown rice make perfect compliments in this Asian-influenced salad. 

Ingredients

For the Vinaigrette

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons mandarin orange juice (reserved from oranges)
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

For the Salad:

Dear Dietitian – What are natural foods?

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Dear Readers,

What images come to mind when you think of a natural food?  An apple freshly picked from a tree?  A loaf of bread fresh out of the oven?  Fresh green beans right out of the garden?

Some food manufacturers are finding themselves in hot water for labeling their foods as "natural" when maybe they're not so natural after all.  Food companies are cashing in on the "natural" perception, as consumers often believe these products are better for them and are willing to pay more.