About Charlyn Fargo

Charlyn Fargo

Charlyn Fargo

Charlyn Fargo is a registered dietitian and holds a master's degree in nutrition. She grew up on a central Illinois farm and covers agriculture for the State Journal-Register in Springfield. She holds a degree in journalism from the University of Illinois as well as a degree in food and a master's in nutrition from Eastern Illinois University, all of which provides her with the knowledge she shares in her weekly column, "Nutrition News ."  While growing up, she spent her summers showing Shorthorn cattle. She has a daughter, Katie.

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A Helpful Hint for Food Labels Feb 14, 2020

For many, reading food labels is like plowing through the latest snowstorm: It takes time and perseverance. Here's a helpful idea called the 5/20 rule. It helps you quickly decide which foods have a lot — or not a lot — of nutrients. If a... Read More

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Eating for Your Heart Feb 07, 2020

Chocolate and Valentine's Day seem to go together, and while dark chocolate may have some heart-healthy benefits, there are plenty of other foods that love your heart and keep it beating strong. Heart-healthy foods include the foods that make up the ... Read More

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Healthy on a Budget Jan 31, 2020

With roughly 10% of the typical American paycheck spent on food, it's easy to assume that eating healthy costs a bundle. I hear it often as I counsel patients. But research says otherwise. According to the May 2019 Cost of Food Report from the U.S. D... Read More

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Step by Step Jan 24, 2020

Most of us wish there was a simple solution to weight loss and eating healthier. If there was just a pill we could take, or a three-point plan we could follow, that would magically result in good health, we would do that. It just doesn't work that wa... Read More