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When a person starts learning about food, the first lesson is often to understand fats, proteins and carbohydrates — the macronutrients. The next topic is usually about micronutrients (e.g., vitamins and minerals). For many people this is as far as the nutrition education goes, which is a shame because these two topics alone imply that it doesn’t  matter where […]


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 […]


In my recent posts about constipation and diarrhea, I told you that one possible solution to both problems is more fiber. That may seem counter-intuitive that problems on the opposite ends of the same spectrum could have the same solution, but it’s true. And I promise you will be perfectly clear about how this works […]


With the popularity of books like The China Study, Forks Over Knives, and Vegan Before 6 (VB6), lots of people are choosing to be vegetarian or vegan at least part of the time. Recently several people who have reduced or eliminated animal products have expressed to me concerns that they are not getting enough protein. […]


Since we’ve covered all of the macronutrients, we’re moving onto the micronutrients. And we’re starting with the minerals because so many of us are deficient in them. (Women, especially, are familiar with the need for calcium, but the other minerals are just as important and often lacking as well!) Magnesium makes up ~1% of body […]



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) […]


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.  […]

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