Ashley Koff, RD

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  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Pediatric Allergy & Immunology:

    TUESDAY, Nov. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Exposure to peanut protein in household dust may increase the risk of peanut allergy in infants with the skin condition eczema, a new study reveals.

    About 2 percent of school-aged children in the United States are allergic to peanuts. And severe ...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Nutrition & Dietetics:

    TUESDAY, Nov. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New rules announced Tuesday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will have many restaurant chains posting calorie counts on their menus, and the rules even apply to movie theater popcorn and ice cream parlor fare.

    "Americans get about a third...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Family Medicine:

    MONDAY, Nov. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Obese Americans are absent from work more often than their normal-weight colleagues, and these absences cost the U.S. economy more than $8 billion a year, a new study shows.

    Researchers found that obese workers miss an average of between one and t...Full Article

  • Ashley Koff, RD - Washington, DC - Nutrition & Dietetics
    Ashley Koff, RD answered:
    Locally grown -- if it's organic too -- can be the healthiest for you and the environment. It means that the food is freshly grown right near you. I am also a huge fan of organic frozen fruits and vegetables, frozen wild fish, and organic foods from all over the world for those of us that don't live...Read More
  • Ashley Koff, RD - Washington, DC - Nutrition & Dietetics
    Ashley Koff, RD answered:
    While caffeine may appear to aid or enable energy on some level, it throws energy off on other levels. Your heart, for instance, will tick a little faster in response to the caffeine, your liver will work a little harder to process the caffeine, and your kidneys will filter more fluid due to caffeine's...Read More
  • Ashley Koff, RD - Washington, DC - Nutrition & Dietetics
    Ashley Koff, RD answered:
    I'd say all foods are allowed as long as they exist in nature -- and are ideally organic. That said, you want to aim to balance carbohydrates, proteins, and fats at each eating occasion, to get plenty of non-starchy vegetables too, and add spices and herbs for flavor and nutrients too. For more i...Read More
  • Ashley Koff, RD - Washington, DC - Nutrition & Dietetics
    Ashley Koff, RD answered:
    The following is a list of top fish to buy, many of which are rich in healthy fats that you won't find in other foods to the same degree. Unless otherwise noted, aim for wild-caught, sustainably sourced varieties:
    • Abalone (U.S. farmed)
    • Anchovy
    • Bigeye (troll or pole caught)
    • Black cod
    • Catfish
    ...Read More
  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Neurology:

    TUESDAY, Nov. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The trans fats found in your favorite junk foods aren't just clogging your arteries: New research shows they might also be messing with your memory.

    Young and middle-aged men who ate large amounts of trans fats exhibited a significantly reduced a...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Endocrinology/diabetes/metabolism:

    TUESDAY, Nov. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Almost 8 million Americans have diabetes but don't know it, a new study shows.

    That's despite the fact that about two-thirds of those with undiagnosed diabetes have seen a doctor two or more times in the past year, according to the researchers.Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Nutrition & Dietetics:

    FRIDAY, Nov. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many people gain weight at Thanksgiving because they eat too much and don't get enough exercise. But, a few simple steps can help you keep your weight under control while still enjoying the holiday, an expert says.

    A good place to start? "Remind y...Full Article

  • Ashley Koff, RD - Washington, DC - Nutrition & Dietetics
    Ashley Koff, RD answered:
    There is a time and place for protein bars (e.g., traveling, post-gym, a back-up plan for emergencies), but the whole-food route is always a better option when it's available. It's important to consider what else is in there aside from artificial ingredients. In an effort to make protein bars, shakes,...Read More
  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Gerontology:

    WEDNESDAY, Nov. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Taking vitamin B12 or folic acid supplements may not reduce seniors' risk of memory loss, according to a new study.

    Past research hinted that taking vitamin B12 and folic acid might help protect memory and thinking skills, according to backgrou...Full Article

  • Ashley Koff, RD - Washington, DC - Nutrition & Dietetics
    Ashley Koff, RD answered:
    A few things to consider: are you diagnosed iron-deficient anemic? If so, you may need supplementation -- but not all supplements are created equal (some can lead to constipation). Not all foods contain the same iron -- there's heme and non-heme (animal vs vegetarian sources). And vitamin C can i...Read More
  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Nutrition & Dietetics:

    TUESDAY, Nov. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- There are plenty of famous-name diets for weight loss, but none stands out from the pack when it comes to lasting results, a new review suggests.

    Looking at a dozen clinical trials, researchers found that three big-name diets -- Atkins, Weight Wa...Full Article

  • Ashley Koff, RD - Washington, DC - Nutrition & Dietetics
    Ashley Koff, RD answered:
    If you reduce your portion sizes and still find yourself very hungry, then you've got three options to consider:
    • Choose higher fiber foods.
    • Eat more veggies.
    • Check in with yourself to see if you're actually not hungry, but not stuffed. Many people become so conditioned to big feelings of fullness
    ...Read More