Laura Jeffers, MEd, RD, LD

Laura Jeffers, MEd, RD, LD

Laura Jeffers, MEd, RD, LD, is a registered dietitian and Outpatient Nutrition Manager in the Center for Human Nutrition.

Make Your Coffee Healthier: Best Sweeteners, Milks, Spices

Ah, drinking coffee. Truly one of life’s simple pleasures. But I have some big questions to ask you: Do you add cream or sweetener or do you take it black? Some milks and sweeteners add unnecessary fat and calories that aren’t helping your waistline. If you do like to dress your coffee up, here are … Read More

8 Ways to Make a Super Healthy Salad

Start with the right kind of greens. Choose from a broad range of veggies (or even fruit). Include a healthy source of protein to satisfy your appetite. Then top it off with heart-healthy dressing.

7 Health Foods That Can Ruin Your Diet

Even when you think you’re eating healthy, you may want to think again… There are some foods pretending to be healthier than they really are. Or they may be healthy in themselves, but only if you don’t overdo them. These seven foods could be undermining your attempts to lose weight and eat healthy.

Will ‘The 100’ Diet Keep the Weight Off?

Imagine a diet where fruit and whole grains can be the bad guys. It sounds strange, but that’s what “The 100” diet promotes by restricting consumption of sugar calories to 100 per day for quick weight loss. You can get the general idea from the title of Jorge Cruise’s book, The 100: Count Only Sugar … Read More

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There’s Not Much Chicken in That Nugget

Here’s how you turn a perfectly good source of protein into junk food: Process it. For example, recent research published in the American Journal of Medicine covered what’s inside the typical fast food chicken nugget. When most people think of chicken, they think of lean muscle tissue. That’s not what you get from chicken nuggets. … Read More

Eat Well After Menopause: 6 Tips

Ice cream, chocolate and cookies: They may seem like unlikely topics of scientific study. But it turns out, they can tell us about people’s behavior under stressful conditions. This trio of sweets topped the list of comfort foods for women, in particular, in times of stress, according to a survey of food choices conducted by … Read More

Guaranteeing ‘Gluten-free’ Really Is Gluten-free

There’s good news if you have celiac disease and need to eat gluten-free. The FDA has mandated that any food labeled “gluten-free” has to be exactly that: gluten-free. On August 2, the agency ruled that any food product labeled “no gluten” or “gluten-free” can’t contain more than 20 parts per million of gluten, which is … Read More

Tips to Avoid the ‘Freshman 15’ (Video)

Freshman year at college is a notoriously easy time to gain weight. The syndrome is so common there’s even a name for it: the “Freshman 15” (extra pounds, that is).­ I’m not sure where they came up with that number, but it’s true that you can add significant weight during your first year at school … Read More

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4 Seeds You Need (Infographic)

Munch, crunch…seeds aren’t just fun to eat. They’re healthy in a surprising number of ways! Below are the four seeds I recommend to my patients to boost their nutrition.

Junk Food Banned From School Vending Machines

The candy bars, soda, potato chips and other junk food fixes will be emptied out of your kids’ school vending machines. In their place, kids may find fruit cups, light popcorn and multi-grain crackers. The government has just released new limits on sodium, sugar, fat and calories for school vending machines that will take effect … Read More