Back to Black: Is Activated Charcoal Actually Safe to Ingest?

By Claire Carlton, MS, RD, LD/N From black lemonade to charcoal lattes, activated charcoal has become a trendy addition to the menus of cafes and juice bars. This “black magic” has gained popularity due to its purported detoxing abilities, but does it really live up to its reputation? What is it? Activated charcoal is not [...]

Fabulous Figs

By Colleen McTiernan Hailing from one of the world’s oldest trees, the fig is often overlooked in American cuisine. While they are more commonly consumed dried, you can also find fresh figs when they are in season, which usually lasts from early summer to fall. With their sweet taste and chewy texture, they make for [...]

Sensational Seeds

By Claire Carlton It seems seeds are all the rage these days. From tiny chia seeds to larger pumpkin seeds, there are so many choices! Don’t let their tiny package fool you — seeds boast a host of health benefits and are full of nutrition. With numerous studies citing the health benefits of nuts and [...]

Pretty as a Peach

By Colleen McTiernan  Originally hailing from China, peaches first arrived in Georgia in 1571, according to the Clemson Cooperative Extension. Now, they are incredibly popular little treats, with the Produce for Better Health Foundation ranking them in the top 10 for the most commonly consumed fruits in 2014. Raw peaches are a good source of [...]

Healthy or Not? Unlocking the Secrets of Eggs

By Claire Carlton, MS, RD, LD/N For a long time, this versatile, budget-friendly food was vilified in the health and nutrition world due to its high cholesterol levels. Some may remember the iconic Time magazine cover from 1984 picturing a plate of eggs and bacon frowning. Consumers obediently began choosing egg whites and imitation egg [...]

Pesky Pesticides: Should we be avoiding conventional produce?

By Claire Carlton, MS, RD, LD/N I frequently get asked, “is organic worth the extra money?” by clients who are concerned about the potential effects of pesticides on health. As with most nutrition topics, my answer is, “It depends!” The organic food market continues to grow each year according to the Organic Trade Association (OTA). [...]

Chockfull of Artichokes

By Colleen McTiernan As far as vegetables go, artichokes are certainly one of the more distinctive looking options. Artichokes owe their odd appearance to the fact that they (like capers) are actually flower buds! If your diet is lacking in fiber (like the majority of Americans), you may want to add some artichokes to your [...]