Viewing posts for the category NutritionFolic Acid is a vitamin B and is used to help the body manufacture healthy new cells. Folic acid and "folate" mean the same thing. Folic acid is a manmade form of folate. Folate is found naturally in some foods. However most women do not get all the folic acid they need through food alone. One of the best parts of the Holiday season and celebrating this time of year is the food. Between the pies, potatoes, and masterfully cut and carved birds, the winter Holiday season is a truly gastronomic joy. However, along with the pleasure that comes along with eating Holiday dishes comes the risk of food borne illness. While food borne illness is always a concern in food preparation and presentation, the risks are even higher during the Holidays and other celebratory events, as food is left out on counters and stovetops for hours as guests come and go and serve themselves. This year, try this tasty, healthier alternative to the holiday favorite of Candied Yams, and let us know what you think! Alicia Stallings Oftentimes when a member of a family or household is diagnosed with a condition that requires dietary and lifestyle changes, everyone in the household makes an effort to ensure that the person with the diagnosis follows the guidelines necessary to maintain their health. However, the commitment to lead a healthier lifestyle oftentimes ends with the individual directly affected by the illness. This may be because other individuals in the household are not interested in making lifestyle adjustments, or it may simply be because it does not occur to those not directly affected that they too may benefit from making changes to their lifestyles too. However, there are many advantages to familial participation in the various medically-based diets. This is particularly true in the case of lifestyle related illnesses---that is, conditions caused by diet, lifestyle and behavior, such as hypertension, heart disease and Type II Diabetes. This is also the case in households where someone is affected by Type I Diabetes. Laticia Jackson The holidays are time for family, friends and good food. This food doesn't have to be high in calories and fat, you can discover with Laticia healthier ways to prepare the same meals.