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Get answers to some of the most common questions about health and nutrition. Simply ask your question here and submit the online form. A registered dietitian or staff member will answer your question!


Food Trends

At St. Bernard Hospital, we are dedicated to the health and wellness of our patients and community. The following are some of the latest food and nutritional trends right now. Please contact us for more information!

  • Fats are in and carbs are out. The keto, paleo, grain-free and pegan (paleo and vegan combined) diets have become very popular.
  • Gut-healthy foods - “Neurotrition” links gut health with cognitive function. Numerous medical studies show that a healthy gut is the foundation for overall wellness and healthy immune systems.
  • Plant-based “meat” such as burgers, sausage, and more are made directly from simple plant-based ingredients. By shifting from animal to plant-based meat, many believe this will have a positive impact on human health, climate change, constraints on natural resources and animal welfare.
  • Oats are replacing nuts as an excellent dairy-alternative source for milk, yogurt, and cheese products. It’s considered more sustainable, available, and inexpensive than some of the other sources.

Did You Know?

The following nutritional facts may not be as well-known as they should be.

  • Eggs are among the most nutritious foods around - one whole egg contains all the nutrients necessary to turn a single cell into an entire chicken.
  • Sugary drinks are worse for you than sugary foods because they typically don’t make you feel full, so you may end up eating more.
  • Raw spinach has about as much protein as a sirloin steak, calorie for calorie.
  • The bacteria in your intestine – gut flora – outnumber your human cells by 10-1. Eating a diet rich in whole foods can benefit your health and lead to an increase in microbiota.

Food Safety

Food safety refers to the proper handling, preparation, and storage of food to prevent food-borne illness. As part of overall health and wellness, it’s important to keep food safety in mind whenever you and your family eat.

  • Food supply chains cross many countries. Governments, producers and consumers can help ensure food safety by working together.
  • Unsafe food that contains harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemical substances result in hundreds of diseases, from listeria to cancer.
  • For infants and young children, as well as the sick and elderly, food safety, nutrition and security are critically important.
  • Economic development, health care systems, tourism and trade are all negatively affected by foodborne diseases.
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