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You won’t be surprised to know that my conversations with people often turn to discussions about food. As soon as someone finds out I’m a dietitian, one of the first questions they ask is, “What do you think of <insert “low carb”, “Atkins”, or name of some other diet>?” The second most common thing that […]


Ah… carbohydrates.  Probably the most controversial and possibly the most misunderstood of the macronutrients.  So let’s see if we can get to the bottom of this vilified nutrient… What are carbohydrates? Carbohydrates are organic compounds (ie, they contain carbon) that are soluble in water (think of how sugar dissolves in water, but oil does not) […]


While everyone seems to agree that protein is a necessary component of a healthy diet, there is still loads of controversy about fat.  Should we eat it or not?  Are there good kinds and bad kinds?  Does eating fat make us fat? It’s really important that we understand fat because it is a critical component […]



Although water counts for 45 – 70% of the weight of an adult human body and is the most essential nutrient for survival, protein seems to me to be the critical macronutrient to keep the body functioning.  Our muscles, organs, blood cells, enzymes, hormones, and other bodily components are made of protein.  Given this fact, […]


With all the news about how uber healthy green vegetables are, it’s clear that we need to be consuming them on a regular basis.  Broccoli and spinach have been touted as two of the healthiest vegetables in the world for a long time.  Kale and Brussels sprouts are the recent sweethearts of health food supporters.  […]


If you were inclined (which I suspect you aren’t) to look up the definition of food (noun, \ˈfüd\) in the on-line Merriam-Webster dictionary, you would get the following: material consisting essentially of protein, carbohydrate, and fat used in the body of an organism to sustain growth, repair, and vital processes and to furnish energy inorganic […]


The history of all major religions include some form of fasting, from Pagans who would fast in preparation for the spring equinox to Jesus’s forty day fast in the dessert.  Today some religions still include guidelines for monthly, yearly or intermittent fasts while others leave the practice to the discretion of the individual. But the […]


Someone reminded me recently that some of the things I take as nutrition-related “common knowledge” are only that for people who have been told the information previously.  Yeah, okay, so that sounds obvious, but sometimes I genuinely forget that other people have chosen to be experts in fields other than nutrition.  I mean, nutrition is […]


You often hear about so-called “superfoods”, without  much mention of what they are actually doing to benefit your health.  Certainly, many of the foods that fall into this category do lots of wonderful things for our bodies and minds. Take, for example, one of the recent nutrition sweethearts: kale.  The fiber in kale is the […]

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