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The Sweet Facts About Sweet Potatoes

By: Talia Bondelli, DTR

Raw Sweet Potato on a Wooden Table
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What does it mean to eat the rainbow? Eating the rainbow signifies eating a variety of fruits and vegetables.1 All of the colors of fruits and vegetables have different health benefits that may reduce your risk of diseases.Sweet potatoes have a deep orange color, which is the pigment called beta-carotene.3 They are very nutritious and they are also fat free, which means they also have no saturated fat or trans-fat.4 Furthermore, they are low in calories and sodium, with about 100 calories and 70 milligrams of sodium for one medium sweet potato.4 Sweet potatoes can definitely sweeten up your life, and in a healthy way!

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Spinach: Popeye’s Favorite Food

spinach leaves

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By: Sophia A. Lopez, DTR, CSUN Dietetic Intern

Fifty-five percent of Americans that were buying leafy greens in 2015 were buying iceberg (head) lettuce.Iceberg lettuce is 96% water, which can help keep you hydrated2 but it does not have the plethora of nutrients found in dark leafy greens, like spinach. Although hydration is important, getting a variety of leafy greens will give our body more health benefits. Popeye, an all time favorite television character of the 1930s loved spinach and had influenced many others to love it as well during his time. In America, the consumption of spinach increased by 33% when Popeye was around,3 however today, spinach has been lost in the shadows of kale. Continue reading