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Nutrition News: Healthier Holiday Baking

Charlyn Fargo on

Q: Can extra protein help your bone health?

A: We know that calcium, Vitamin D, magnesium and zinc play a big role in bone health. For older Americans, extra protein may also play a role in reducing hip fractures and improving bone mineral content. A review of four studies of adults 65 and older showed a positive link between higher protein intake and bone mineral content in the neck and hip, as well as a decrease in hip fractures.


Fresh cranberries are one of the pleasures of fall. Grab an extra package of these high-fiber, vitamin C-packed beauties when they arrive in your grocery store. You can use them year-round in these Walnut Cranberry Granola Bars. This recipe is from the California Walnut Commission.


3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats


1 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped

1/3 cup unsweetened or sweetened coconut flakes

1/4 cup dried or fresh cranberries, roughly chopped

1 tablespoon brown sugar


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