Nutrition Science

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Have you heard about the antioxidants in blueberries and green tea? Wait, that’s a silly question because I know you have. The better question is: do you have any idea what an antioxidant is and why it really matters? And perhaps the best question is: did you know that too many antioxidants can also cause […]


Cancer. What a terrifying word. And with good reason. In 2015, the National Institutes of Health estimate that 1.6 million new diagnoses of cancer will be made in the U.S. 1.6 million. That’s about 0.5% of the U.S. population. I get it doesn’t seem like a large percentage of people. And it may not be […]


In my first year back in college, I had to take an introduction to food science class. The culminating assignment for the class was to create a themed menu and then prepare and share the food with our classmates. My project partners were Christine and Samantha, and we decided to do a dairy-free menu because […]


In the first post about understanding blood sugar control, I addressed why blood sugar control is important. So, now let’s take a step back and talk about where the glucose in your blood comes from and what your body does with it. How does glucose get in the blood? There are three main ways that […]


If you or someone you know has diabetes, then you know that controlling the amount of “sugar” (technically glucose) in the blood is critical. What you may not realize is that every one of us needs to be concerned about our blood sugar levels. So let’s talk about what happens when there is too much […]


As you’ve hopefully read in parts 1 and 2 of this “Understanding Gluten” series, gluten is a protein found in some grains. Consumption of gluten appears to affect everyone’s digestive tract at least somewhat, and in some people it can cause leaky gut and trigger the adaptive immune system to make antibodies. Now that we’ve […]


In part 1 of this video series, I explained what leaky gut is by showing you how a healthy intestine works and what happens with a “leaky” intestine. In this video, I get into the meat of the discussion by describing what happens in the body as a result of the increased intestinal permeability. Within […]


Much of the time when people are talking about gluten, the conversation seems to involve praising or denigrating someone who has declared themselves gluten-free even though they do not have celiac disease. (Perhaps you’ve even seen this video about how to be gluten intolerant?) Since there seems to be some misunderstanding about what gluten does […]


Everywhere you look someone is talking or writing about “leaky gut”, especially how to determine if you have it (usually a reference to Googling symptoms) and how to fix it. While symptoms and resolution of any digestive problem are important, it’s jumping the gun a bit if we don’t really understand what leaky gut is. […]


In the spring of 2003, I was living in Texas with my incredible fiancé. We had returned there five months earlier after an 18 month stint in Paris, where we had become engaged (très romantique!) and completed our first triathlon together. We had just moved into our first house, my wedding dress had arrived, and […]

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