Ten Questions About Alcohol

While much ado has been made recently about adults in their twenties and thirties adopting mindful drinking philosophies or giving alcohol up completely, recent figures estimate that 17.6 million Americans, or one in twelve people, struggle with alcohol abuse disorder. Among nutrition-related topics, the subject of alcohol is one of the most confusing for many…

HDL Cholesterol – Not Always Healthy

When it comes to HDL cholesterol, most people think, “more is better.” After all, it’s been drilled into us that HDL (“good”) cholesterol removes LDL (“bad”) cholesterol from the blood vessels so that it can be excreted from the body, thereby providing protection against heart disease and stroke. In fact, the relationship between HDL and…

Can Cholesterol Be Too Low?

Cholesterol is in the membrane of every cell in your body and is essential to making certain vitamins and hormones, produces bile acids so that you can digest and absorb nutrients, and plays a role in the release of neurotransmitters in the brain, so it would make logical sense that too low of levels might…

When Water Became More Than Water

At least there was one thing that dietitians didn’t have to spend too much time thinking about – water. That was an easy one, and all advice could be summed up in two words: “drink more.” If you feel tired, a little irritable, less willing to work, and forgetful, you might be dehydrated. End of…

Four Women Walk into a Grocery Store – a Comparison of Four Diets

Let’s say that four women are trying to eat healthier: one woman has been diagnosed with prediabetes and has seen a dietitian and been put on a consistent carbohydrate diet allowing for 3 carb choices at each meal and 2 choices as a snack one woman is on Weight Watchers and is allowed 27 SmartPoints…

Diabetes, Carbohydrate, the Glycemic Index, and the Ketogenic Diet

The lower your carbohydrate intake, the lower your blood glucose will be, right?!? You need 400-600 calories from glucose every day to fuel the brain, spinal column, and nervous system. An adult should never eat less than 130 grams of carbohydrate a day (175 grams for pregnant women). This amount of carbohydrate is the bare…

“Research” Doesn’t Mean “Unquestionably True”

I like to hear people talk about how obesity wasn’t a problem until everyone started eating low-fat foods. That would be a super intriguing theory if anyone ever consumed a low-fat diet, but they didn’t. In fact, we are eating 20% more fat that we did in 1970. We are also eating 30% more grain…

The Elusive Fountain of Youth

Collagen is the main structural protein in your body and is present in your skin, bone, cartilage, and tendons. If you are not a vegetarian, you eat collagen every day. When collagen is processed with hot water, gelatin is created, and if gelatin is further hydrolyzed with enzymes, you get collagen hydrolysate. Collagen hydrolysate is…

4 Not-So-Easy Ways to Make Nuts Unhealthy

Add a lot of chocolate to your spread and remove a lot of the protein and fiber.  Serve with refined graham cracker “dippers”: Hershey’s Spreads Snacksters (Chocolate with Graham Dippers) provides: 250 calories, 13 grams fat, 2 grams saturated fat, 22 grams sugar, 4 grams protein, and 2 grams fiber per container. For comparison: Smucker’s®…

Understanding the Difference Between Hunger and Craving

People say “only eat when you’re hungry” which is an oversimplified and often unhelpful piece of advice, especially for people who struggle with emotional eating or who have health conditions that affect appetite. In general, the following rules explain the difference between hunger and food cravings:   Hunger Cravings Caused by physical needs physical or…