• Buying Locally Grown and Eating Seasonally in Arizona

      Hongu, Nobuko; Turner, Rachel J.; Martinez, Cathy L.; Suzuki, Asuka; Gonsalves, Kimberly A. (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 2014-10)
      More and more consumers are choosing to buy locally produced foods. Health and environment conscious consumers believe locally grown foods are healthier, fresher, and are better tasting than foods that have endured many miles of transport. Buying locally also helps communities by stimulating local economies and protecting the environment. This article outlines the benefits of buying locally grown food and eating seasonally in Arizona. A recipe that is easy and affordable using local produce is included. An Arizona seasonal produce availability calendar is included in the Appendix.
    • Healthy Fats: Tips for Improving the Quality of Fat Intake

      Hongu, Nobuko; Wise, Jamie M.; Gallaway, Patrick J. (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 2014-07)
      The article provides information about different types of dietary fats and promotes consumption of healthy fats in moderation as part of a balanced diet. The prevalence of fat-free products in grocery stores may give some health-conscious consumers the perception that all dietary fats are unhealthy. However, fats are absolutely vital for proper physiological functioning, and it is imperative that fats are included in a healthy diet. Fats are classified as saturated, monounsaturated, or polyunsaturated. Both types of unsaturated fats, when consumed in moderation, can help lower cholesterol and decrease the risk of heart disease, especially when they replace saturated and trans fats. We provide tips for selecting healthier fats, along with a guide for consuming appropriate portions of fat.
    • Local Foods in Arizona

      Hongu, Nobuko; Turner, Rachel J.; Gallaway, Patrick J.; Suzuki, Asuka; Gonsalves, Kimberly A.; Martinez, Cathy L. (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 2015-05)
      More and more consumers are choosing to buy locally produced foods. Locally grown foods are, fresher, contain more nutrients if picked at full ripeness, and are considered by many consumers to be better tasting than foods that have endured many miles of transportation. Consuming local produce may help communities by stimulating local economies and protecting the environment. This article outlines the benefits of buying locally grown foods. A recipe that is easy and affordable using some local produce is included. A calendar of seasonal produce in Arizona is included in the Appendix.
    • Whole Grains on Your Plate

      Hongu, Nobuko; Farr, Kiah J.; Suzuki, Asuka; Grijalva, Valeria (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 2014-10)
      Studies have shown the integration of whole grains into daily diet correlates with a reduced risk of many chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, and cancer. This article outlines the daily dietary nutritional benefits of whole grains, as well as the positive long-term health effects associated with consistent whole grain intake in diet. Also, this article provides how to find, prepare, and utilize whole grains in everyday dietary choices. Whole grain alternative cooking recipes are introduced using relatively new whole grains (quinoa, whole wheat couscous) in typical American diets.