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    A Look at the FDA Ban on Trans Fats

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Trans fats have long been used as an additive to increase the shelf life of certain foods. They are also used in cooking, particularly in fast food restaurants. However, thanks to the direct link between trans fats and heart disease, the FDA is cracking down and taking steps to outlaw the use of trans fats in foods.

    Although some trans fats occur naturally in foods, the substance that the FDA is tackling is created when hydrogen is added to liquid oils to turn them into a solid. Margarine and shortening are two prime examples. This process allows food to last longer on store shelves. It also acts as a flavor enhancer. The FDA has labeled trans fats as not “generally recognized as safe,” a distinction that is the first step towards banning trans fats from the food supply.

    Avoiding trans fats is an important step in protecting your heart health. For patients already dealing with heart disease, Riverside Community Hospital’s heart hospital offers a range of effective treatment options. Find out more about our Riverside hospital by calling (951) 788-3463. 

    Caring for Yourself After Cancer Treatment

    Last updated 6 months ago

    When you’re diagnosed with cancer, you are understandably focused completely on treatment and reaching remission. But what happens next? This video offers advice to help you thrive as a cancer survivor.

    Controlling your weight is one of the most important things you can do after cancer treatment to feel your best and reduce the risk of recurrence. Getting active and sticking to a plant-based diet that incorporates lean proteins and low-fat dairy may also help reduce your risk of having your cancer return.

    At Riverside Community Hospital, we’re here to help you through every stage of your cancer care, including re-adjusting to life after cancer. Our full-service hospital is also home to a bariatric surgery center, robotic surgery, and more. Find out how we can help you by calling (951) 788-3463. 

    Debunking Common Nutrition Myths

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Good nutrition is the foundation of good health. However, it’s not always easy to stick to a healthy diet because there is so much misinformation out there about what you should—and shouldn’t—be eating. At Riverside Community Hospital, we’re committed to helping our community learn the real truth about healthy eating through our bariatric surgery center, H2U network, and classes. As you make dietary choices, don’t let these myths derail your efforts.

    Table Sugar Is Better Than High Fructose Corn Syrup

    Added sugars are bad for you, period. High fructose corn syrup and table sugar have very similar makeups. They both contain about 50 percent fructose and glucose. There is no evidence that your body can tell the difference between the two or that high fructose corn syrup impacts your blood sugar in any way that is different from table sugar. The nutritional problem with high fructose corn syrup is that it is added to so many different foods that you likely get more of it than table sugar, but cutting added sugars in any form is what really matters for good health.

    Sea Salt Is Better Than Table Salt

    Sea salt and table salt both contain 2,300 mgs of sodium per teaspoon. It is true that sea salt contains minerals that are important for your health, including magnesium and iron. However, you would need to eat extremely dangerous amounts of sea salt to get more than negligible amounts. What you don’t get in sea salt is the iodine that is added to table salt to support healthy thyroid function. 

    Limiting Carbs Makes You Lose Weight

    Limiting any food group may make you lose weight temporarily, simply because you are likely to consume fewer calories. Eating fewer calories than you burn is the secret to weight loss. For health reasons, getting your calories from a variety of foods is important. Whole grain carbs are a crucial part of good nutrition.

    Get a handle on good nutrition with the help of Riverside Community Hospital. We’re here for all of your health concerns with services like our heart hospital, bariatric surgery center, organ transplant, and robotic surgery. You can reach our Riverside hospital at (951) 788-3463.

    Riverside Community Hospital - Completion of 5-level Parking Garage

    Last updated 7 months ago

    Riverside Community Hospital is proud to announce the completion our new 5-level state-of-the-art parking garage.  The new parking garage which is part of the hospital’s $315 million dollar campus expansion project, adds 1,060 additional parking spaces to the campus opening more parking for patients and visitors.  The new parking structure is available for patients and visitors at the 4500 building, Cancer Center and the new medical office building to be completed at the beginning of April.
    The hospital offers complimentary valet parking Monday-Friday, 7am-5pm, at the main hospital entrance off Magnolia Avenue and 14th Street.  Patients and visitors are now able to self-park in the existing parking structure and can access it from the Magnolia Avenue entrance.  Signs will be posted to direct patients and visitors to the self- parking areas. 

    Essential Nutrients: Getting Back What Your Body Lacks [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Last updated 7 months ago

    March is National Nutrition Month, which means it’s a great time to take a look at what you put into your body. There are many vitamins and minerals that you need so that your body can work properly. A lack of any of these nutrients may lead to health problems, and could even cause you to end up at your local hospital in Riverside. Vitamin D deficiency can contribute to asthma, rickets, and even cancer, while a lack of vitamin C may lead to fatigue, mood swings, and weight loss. In this infographic from Riverside Community Hospital, you’ll get a closer look at some of the vitamins you need for optimal health and discover how to boost your diet with vitamin-rich foods. Many of these foods are also great for your heart and your overall wellness. Please share this important info with your friends and family!

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