Janet Helm, RD

Janet is a Registered Dietitian and a writer. She worked as a media spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association and has appeared on various TV outlets, including Good Morning America, Today, ABC News and CNN. She is a frequent contributor to the Chicago Tribune

Foods to Look for in 2015
The jury is in on most food and nutrition trends for this year, according to the “What’s Trending in Nutrition” survey from Pollock Communications and Today’s Dietitian. Most notably, ancient grains, avocado, green tea, seeds and nuts, coconut products, Greek yogurt, gluten-free, GMO-free, and eco-labels are trending up, while “low-fat” is fizzling. Here’s what experts predict will be new in 2015.
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Pros and Cons of the Paleo Diet
I usually try to look at both sides of any debate, I really do, especially when it comes to my field of expertise as a dietitian. With regards to the Paleo diet, I recognize that it’s not the worst way to eat. Yet, I still have trouble with the approach and can’t get behind a regimen that excludes so many healthy foods, including dairy, beans, and grains – some of my favorite dishes.
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From Niche to Mainstream — Natural and Organic Trends That Strike It Big
African super foods, bee-free vegan “honey,” and drinkable grains are just some of the trends that merged from the natural and organic section to mainstream in grocery stores and food services. Some of these are just beginning to evolve now, while others have already made their mark. Here’s a list, along with some of the new products representing each trend.
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Restaurant Trends for 2014
It’s that time of year again when all the new trend predictions come out, and one of the 2014 trends lists is from Technomic, a foodservice research and consulting firm based in my hometown of Chicago. Technomic believes that 2014 may be the year that carbs make a comeback, pork becomes the new protein star, and grazing gets even bigger. Here’s a look at their top 10 restaurant trends for 2014.
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Making Sense of the Breakfast Debate
The scientific evidence on the importance of breakfast for weight management is still mixed. Still, there’s enough proof that breakfast can make a difference. And there are many other reasons to eat a healthy morning meal besides the number on the scale. Studies have consistently shown that breakfast impacts cognitive function, benefiting memory and performance, both at work and in the classroom. It’s also difficult to make up for the nutrients missed at a foregone breakfast.
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Top Ten Natural and Organic Food Trends in 2013
Chewy juices, fancy faux meats, indulgent nut butters, and upscale, fortified waters are among the 2013 trends in the natural and organic food and beverage industry. While this category may still be small, mainstream trends are often born in the natural and organic niche. Here’s a list of some of the new products breaking through this year.
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Focus on What You Eat, Not Delete
Eliminating foods that can sabotage your weight loss goals has become all the rage recently. Are food intolerances the next big villain in the battle against the bulge? If you suspect having a food intolerance or allergy, absolutely go and have it checked out by your physician. But don’t be too quick to blame food intolerances for those extra pounds you want to lose. I would much rather have folks focus on what they should be adding to their diet, instead of what they should be avoiding.
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Restaurant Trends for 2012
What’s in store for us when we go out to eat in 2012? Here’s what Technomic, a foodservice research and consulting firm in Chicago, predicts will be the seven leading restaurant trends in the coming year.
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The Kids’ Table: Better Nutrition at the End of the Rainbow
March is “National Nutrition Month,” an annual celebration sponsored by the American Dietetic Association. This year’s theme, “Eat Right With Color,” seems especially relevant for kids. All too often, children eat a rather beige diet, dominated by chicken nuggets, French fries, macaroni and cheese, and white bread. Adding color to their plates not only makes the meal more visually appealing, but the varied hues also help boost the nutritional power of what you serve.
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My Top 10 Picks for 2011 Trendy Foods
There’s been a lot of talk about 2011 food trends. In fact, the entire practice of predicting food trends has become a trend. Food may not be as trend-ridden as fashion but it’s getting close.
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