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May 11, 2021 - Filed Under: Food and Health, Food, Nutrition and Wellness, Nutrition

Although people tend to use the terms salt and sodium interchangeably, salt and sodium are two different things. Sodium is a mineral we all need to live. Table salt by weight contains about 40% sodium and 60% chloride. Most Americans eat too much. Here's how to reduce the amount of sodium you eat.

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April 30, 2021 - Filed Under: Food and Health, Food, Nutrition and Wellness, Nutrition

Using up extra bread has never been so tasty! Whether you want to make something special for your family’s weekend breakfast or you are entertaining company, this Fruity French Toast Casserole is loaded with flavor.

I love incorporating fresh seasonal fruits, such as blueberries and strawberries, into this recipe. But you can also use canned or frozen fruits, which you can often find on sale. By choosing a healthy whole-grain bread, you’re starting your day with a hearty serving of fiber that will see you through a busy morning. And you can use leftover whole wheat rolls or hamburger buns, which helps you avoid food waste and save money.

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April 12, 2021 - Filed Under: Food and Health, Food, Nutrition and Wellness, Nutrition

Growing up, I was always told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and it is essential.But all our meals count. Here are a few tips to help you get a nutrient-filled lunch.

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March 31, 2021 - Filed Under: Commercial Fruit and Nuts, Fruit, Nutrition and Wellness, Nutrition

Mississippi’s recent bout of bad weather came at a critical time for producers of blueberries, the state’s largest commercial fruit crop. Blueberries can be easily damaged by cold weather, but the timing of mid-February’s icy weather limited the potential damage.

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March 9, 2021 - Filed Under: Food and Health, Food, Nutrition and Wellness, Nutrition

You’ve probably heard that shopping the grocery store's perimeter is the best way to pack your cart with healthy foods, like fresh fruits and vegetables. But the center aisles actually provide a lot of nutritious options.

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February 8, 2021 - Filed Under: Food and Health, Food, Nutrition and Wellness, Nutrition

High cholesterol increases your risk of cardiovascular disease (heart disease), which is the leading cause of death in the U.S. Lifestyle change is a key component that can prevent or help manage high cholesterol. 

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January 29, 2021 - Filed Under: Food and Health, Food, Nutrition and Wellness, Nutrition

Last year, our recipe for Tropical Angel Cake was by far our most popular post. So, when we found this recipe for a different take on angel food cake, we knew we had to try it!

Chicken tortilla soup in a colorful bowl with a small glass bowl of cilantro in the background
January 26, 2021 - Filed Under: Food and Health, Food, Nutrition and Wellness, Nutrition

In wintertime, I want to come home to a supper that’s ready to eat and will warm me up, inside and out. This spicy soup hits the spot! If you like more zip in your soup, use hot green chiles or hot salsa instead of mild.

Rinse the canned beans to reduce the sodium in this recipe and keep your broth clear. Don’t forget our handy trick for shredding chicken in a hurry: you can use a hand-held mixer on low speed to shred it!

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January 11, 2021 - Filed Under: Family, Food and Health, Food, Nutrition and Wellness, Nutrition

A new year often signals a new start or reboot, which is a great thing. For many, this means setting health and wellness goals like losing weight, eating healthier, and being more physically active.To be able to achieve your goals and make your resolutions a reality, your goals need to be realistic and measurable.

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December 14, 2020 - Filed Under: Food and Health, Food, Health, Nutrition

Many of the foods enjoyed during the holiday season include herbs and spices, which have known health benefits. Just like fruits and vegetables, herbs and spices contain antioxidants, or properties that may protect cells from damage.

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December 14, 2020 - Filed Under: Food, Nutrition and Wellness, Nutrition

If you have a large family and need new breakfast ideas, this sheet pan omelet will please a crowd and keep you from spending hours in the kitchen. Best of all, you can customize it for your family's taste preferences.

You don’t have to precook any of the toppings, but they may be a little crunchy. I prefer to sauté the mushrooms, onions, and peppers first to cook out some of the water and get the flavors to blend together a little before adding to the egg mixture. You know I love spicy foods, so I’d even add a little salsa to this for some more kick!

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November 9, 2020 - Filed Under: Food and Health, Food, Health, Nutrition and Wellness, Nutrition

More than 308,000 Mississippians live with diabetes, and approximately 600,000-750,000 Mississippians have prediabetes. Managing diabetes starts with maintaining healthy blood sugar levels. Balancing what you eat is a great place to start. Here are a few tips!

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October 20, 2020 - Filed Under: Food and Health, Food, Health, Nutrition and Wellness, Nutrition

Being a Registered Dietitian and daughter of a breast cancer survivor, I understand the importance of using a healthy lifestyle and nutrition to reduce cancer risk. Certain foods high in phytonutrients, dietary fiber, minerals, and vitamins may reduce cancer risk.

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October 9, 2020 - Filed Under: Food and Health, Food, Food Safety, Health, Nutrition

Slow cookers are great for quick and easy meals any time of year. Winter, spring, summer, or fall, this small appliance can help you when you are too busy to cook or you need to free up oven space when you’re cooking a large meal. Check out these recipes from The Food Factor previously featured on the blog.

A bowl of uncooked brown rice.
September 11, 2020 - Filed Under: Rice, Local Flavor, Food, Nutrition

September is National Rice Month! So, let’s celebrate with some great tasting rice recipes that have been featured on the blog.

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September 8, 2020 - Filed Under: Food and Health, Food, Health, Nutrition and Wellness, Nutrition

Research shows that eating certain foods may slow brain aging. Here are some power foods to include in your diet.

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August 11, 2020 - Filed Under: Family, Children and Parenting, Food and Health, Food, Coronavirus, Nutrition and Wellness, Nutrition

No matter how your children go back to school this year, healthy lunches and snacks will provide them with the nutrition they need to learn, grow, and build their immune systems.

August 10, 2020 - Filed Under: Food and Health, Health, Nutrition and Wellness, Nutrition

Qula Madkin recently joined the Mississippi State University Extension Service as a nutrition instructor.

July 15, 2020 - Filed Under: Food and Health, Health, AIM for CHangE, Nutrition

David Buys, associate professor in MSU’s Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion and state health specialist with the MSU Extension Service, is being honored as a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America.

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July 6, 2020 - Filed Under: Food and Health, Food, Nutrition and Wellness, Nutrition

Video by Jonathan Parrish

There’s no better time than now to use food to build your body’s natural defenses to boost and help protect your immune system. A healthy immune system helps your body fight illness.

Merriam-Webster defines nutrition as the act or process of nourishing or being nourished. Nourishment focuses on using many nutrients from a variety of foods to give you what you need to be healthy.

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