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Folate: What to Know About This Vitamin

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AUBURN, Ala.—Folate is a vitamin that does not get much attention from current health trends, but it is an essential nutrient for our bodies that provides many health benefits. Folate, a water-soluble B vitamin, metabolizes amino acids and helps create red blood cells. The vitamin also helps synthesize DNA and RNA. Health Benefits  Folate has a great effect on neural ... Read More »

The Dew of the Sea: Growing Rosemary Anywhere

Auburn, Alabama — Rosmarinus officinalis, commonly referred to as rosemary, is an evergreen plant, as well as an herb. The term rosemary is derived from a Latin word and means “dew of the sea”, according to Medical News Today. The sea cliffs near the Greek Islands are a common place for rosemary to be found growing. Growing Rosemary Growing rosemary ... Read More »

Muscadines-Backbone of Alabama Wine Industry

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AUBURN, Alabama —People make wine around the world, even in Alabama. The state’s wineries are more abundant than some might think, each with their own unique wines and atmosphere.  Dr. Elina Coneva, an Alabama Extension fruit specialist, said which grapes can be grown in Alabama impacts the types of wines that can be produced. Coneva said muscadine grapes, Vitis rotundifolia, grow best in ... Read More »

Extension Launches New Nutrition Website

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AUBURN, Ala. – The Alabama Cooperative Extension System recently launched a new website in conjunction with its Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Education (SNAP-Ed) social media initiative, Live Well Alabama. The social media initiative launched in early 2017 to better reach residents across the state with research-based nutrition and physical activity education. Live Well Alabama Initiative “The Live Well Alabama ... Read More »

Everyday Eating: Foods to Add, Keep or Remove

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Auburn, Alabama —The saying “you are what you eat” couldn’t be truer when it comes to leading a healthy life. Christina Levert, an Alabama Extension Human, Nutrition, Diet and Health regional agent, says  “the food we eat can have a direct impact on our everyday health, energy levels and risks for chronic diseases. To maintain a healthy lifestyle, it is important to strive ... Read More »

Salads: nutritious and delicious

Auburn, Alabama—Salads are one of the best ways to pack many vegetables and nutrients into one meal, but all salads are not equally nutritious. A big bowl of lettuce with creamy dressing probably will not provide the health benefits you are looking for. A nutrient-dense salad depends on how you bulk it up with a variety of greens and toppings. ... Read More »

Collards and Other Nutritious Greens

AUBURN, Alabama – Traditionally recognized as a Southern crop and soul food staple, collards and other leafy greens are nutritious and convenient to grow in Alabama’s climate. Growing Greens Generally, cruciferous plants such as collard greens, turnips, kale and mustard are cool weather vegetables. “We mostly plant greens in the fall, but you can also do an early spring planting ... Read More »

Adding Protein To Your Diet

AUBURN, Ala. – March is national nutrition month. The month is meant to spotlight the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. According to the USDA, all foods made from meat, poultry, seafood, beans and peas, eggs, processed soy products, nuts and seeds are considered part of the protein foods group. The amount ... Read More »

Regulating Salt Intake

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AUBURN, Ala.— Choosing to eat smart with a balanced diet is one of the best ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle and lose weight.  One of the most overlooked ways to do this is to reduce your sodium intake. Sheree Taylor, an Alabama Extension regional  agent in Human Nutrition, Diet and Health, said the average American adult consumes about 3,400 milligrams of sodium ... Read More »

Gluten-Free Lifestyle: Is it Good for our Health?

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Auburn, Alabama — Nowadays, you can’t go anywhere without hearing the words gluten-free. You may feel pressured to jump on the bandwagon diet that celebrities endorse. Every grocery store, restaurant and many convenient stores offer a variety of gluten-free options to satisfy the growing popularity of this lifestyle. To understand what all the buzz is about, Dr. Onikia Brown, an ... Read More »