6 Easy Ways to Celebrate National Nutrition Month®

March is National Nutrition Month. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics created this campaign to draw attention to nutrition education and focus on the importance of making good food choices. This year’s theme is “Put Your Best Fork Forward.” It serves as a reminder that you hold the tools to shift to a healthier eating… Read more

Added Sugars

Added Sugars’ Role in Heart Disease

In continuation of American Heart Month, we’re taking a look at a culprit of heart disease that hasn’t spent as much time in the spotlight as fat and sodium: added sugars.  Added sugars are the sugars and syrups added to foods during processing or preparation. There are natural sugars found in foods like fruit or… Read more

Heart Health

Top 10 Ways to Become Heart Healthy

February is American Heart Month, and heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Lower your risk of heart disease, hypertension and high cholesterol by following these 10 simple heart healthy steps: Eat a variety of whole fruits and vegetables. Fresh, frozen and canned are good options; choose items without added… Read more

winter produce

The Fruits of Winter

The ripe, candy sweet berries and peaches of summer are far behind us: winter has arrived. It isn’t uncommon for people to eat less fruits and vegetables in the winter months. They aren’t as abundant and affordably priced as in the summer. Most fruit varieties are available in the store year round (with big thanks… Read more

Myths and Facts: What to eat when you’re sick

It can happen to any of us: sniffles, aches, sore throat… the winter cold. And along with it comes advice on what to eat when you’re sick (or, what to avoid!). Here are three common cold nutrition ideas, debunked. #1: You should avoid dairy when you’re sick Myth. Unless you have a milk allergy or lactose intolerance, there’s… Read more

CHOP

Diet plays an important role in reducing the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease.  But with so many food choices available it can be difficult to determine what’s best to eat.  The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) understands the importance of healthy diet and is committed to providing nutritious options.  To determine what... Read more

Product Dating

Most people wonder, “How long can I keep a product after the product date has passed?” The answers to this question depend on a number of factors. Some are simple, others are complicated. There is no uniform or universally accepted system used for food dating in the United States. Dates and codes usually indicate the... Read more

Nutrition Facts Panel

Since 1994, food and beverage companies have been required by law to place a Nutrition Facts Panel on items sold in stores and markets. It is meant to supply you, the consumer, with information about the food’s nutrients in an easy-to-follow format. If you aren’t familiar with it, it can look like a few numbers... Read more