Nutrition For You
In this section, Island Harvest will provide information about
nutrition and other healthy living topics that are of interest
to our readers. Should you have a topic or question you would
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Here are some new facts on nutrition for you (espanol)
How much caffeine is okay?
It’s back to school, back to work time and the days are
getting shorter. Are you tempted to reach for an extra cup
of coffee to help clear the cobwebs?
is it about caffeine that gets us going? Caffeine is a drug, a mild
stimulant that can temporarily increase your heart rate and boost energy levels.
to the American Dietetic Association, 200 to 300 milligrams a day (about 2-3
cups of coffee) is safe for most healthy adults, but excessive caffeine intake
can cause anxiety, insomnia, headaches or stomach irritation. Caffeine is found
mainly in coffee, tea and colas, but also is found in energy drinks, hot cocoa,
chocolate and many over the counter medications, so if you’re watching
your caffeine intake, take note of all these sources! Learn more, at www.eatright.org.
What’s the new Food Guide Pyramid?
Did you know that there is a new food guide pyramid, and it’s
just for you? “MyPyramid” is the new food guide
pyramid that individualizes a person’s needs based on
age, gender and physical activity level. It emphasizes the
consumption of fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy products and
It stresses the importance of physical activity with a balance of food. It
provides healthy food choices by recognizing and promoting
that “one size does not
fit all.” Visit www.mypyramid.gov to
What is the proper way to wash your hands?
According to CDC statistics, one of every four people will
contract a food borne illness this year. Chances are, you
know hand washing is the best way
the spread of germs. It’s important to wash your hands before and after
you handle food, before you eat, after touching your ears, nose, mouth, or
hair and after you use the restroom. But are you really getting those hands
Spend at least 20 second scrubbing your hands with soap – about as long
as it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” twice. Be sure to clean
under fingernails and between your fingers, rinse thoroughly and dry your
hands with single-use
paper towels or a warm-air hand dryer. Learn more, at www.cdc.gov/ncidod/op.
undertaking any significant nutritional or physical activity changes, it
is recommended that you check with your physician.