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Mercy Women's Care at St. Anne
3404 W. Sylvania Avenue
Toledo, OH 43623
419-407-1616

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Navarre Medical Plaza
2702 Navarre Avenue
Suite 101
Oregon, OH 43616
696-7900

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2213 Cherry Street
Toledo, OH 43608
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Nutrition Tips

separator So Many Reasons to Breastfeed
Breastfeeding is good for your baby. It can
  • Help reduce the risk of obesity in your child later on
  • Help prevent health problems like ear infections, diarrhea, allergies, pneumonia, vomiting
  • It may even help boost your child’s intelligence if your nurse for at least 7 months

It’s good for the mother too, in lots of ways:

  • Helps you get back to your pre-pregnancy weight faster
  • Helps your uterus get back to its normal size faster
  • Reduces the risk of ovarian cancer and, in women who are pre-menopausal, it reduces the risk of breast cancer

The longer you breastfeed, the more benefits to you and your baby. Talk to your doctor for help and information about breastfeeding. Your childbirth instructor is another good source of information about nursing your baby. Or visit La Leche League’s Web site http://www.lalecheleague.org/bfinfo.html if you’d like to check things out on your own first.

Source: American Academy of Pediatrics, La Leche League

Is “Healthy Choice®” Healthy?
Ever wonder about the frozen entrées that claim to be healthy and smart? There are a couple of ways to look at it. If you actually eat only that particular entrée, you’re doing well in terms of portion size, and you’re getting a nice amount of vitamins and minerals. The key is to avoid eating other foods during the meal.

The other issue is that almost all Healthy Choice® entrées contain some hydrogenated and saturated fat. These are the fats that can contribute to heart disease. Smart Ones® entrées, which are made by Weight Watchers®, are less likely to have these fats in their meals.

A look at the ingredients list on the food packaging shows you there are plenty of additives in these kinds of meals, so don’t make a daily habit of them.

Snacks Can Work for You
Snacks are not forbidden food. In fact, eating a healthy snack two hours or so before a meal can keep your hunger in check. You’re less likely to overeat if you’re not feeling extremely hungry.

Obviously, the key is to keep snack portions snack size. And make sure they’re nutritious, and not empty calories. A bag of potato chips doesn’t count as a healthy snack. Instead, choose an apple one day, a banana the next, maybe even a quarter of a baked potato the next. Variety is another key to making sure you get a lot of nutrients.

Source: American Dietetic Association

When you Can’t Eat Dairy
All children are born with an enzyme called lactase, which is necessary to digest milk. Some people lose this enzyme and become lactose intolerant. For them, eating dairy products can cause gas, cramps and diarrhea.

Here’s a breakdown of percentages of the population having trouble digesting dairy products:

Asian Americans 95%
African Americans 65%
American Indians 65%
Hispanic Americans 50%
Caucasians 15%

If you can't eat dairy products, there are other ways for you to get calcium. Calcium-fortified orange juice has as much calcium per glass as milk—about 300 milligrams. Two tablespoons of blackstrap molasses has about 270. A handful of almonds has 100. Dark leafy green vegetables, broccoli, soybeans and canned salmon also contain calcium.

Source: American Dietetic Association

Carrots for Your Eyes?
Carrots contain vitamin A, which you need for healthy eyes. But the eyes need vitamins C and E too. Good sources for all these vitamins include dark orange and yellow fruits and vegetables, like carrots, squash, cantaloupe, oranges and grapefruit.

You also want to eat fruits and vegetables that are brightly colored—reds, blues, greens—because these contain phytochemicals that are good for the eyes.

For sources of vitamin E, eat nuts (in moderation), seeds and oils.

Source: American Dietetic Association

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