“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…

Four Words This Dietitian Hates

Words have more power than we give them credit for and there are a lot of words that irk me when people use them during conversations about food and nutrition. Healthy – Define “healthy” for me, because your definition is likely very different from mine. If you tell me that you want a “healthy diet”…

It’s Not All About About Grams and Milligrams

During one of my most frustrating experiences in the fun field of clinical dietetics, I had a husband and wife who were apparently under the influence of at least one potent substance, yell the names of random foods at me in a rapid-fire style for well over an hour. He had hypertension, and she had…

Why Everyone Should Be Eating Fruit. Everyone.

When you are a registered dietitian, a lot of things drive you nuts. The FDA, food marketers, bogus “experts”…it makes my skin crawl when people refuse to eat food or food ingredients, and they can’t explain why, or they try to expound on their choices, and it is a jumble of illogical and fake facts. People…

FAQs About Supplements

What types of supplements are people using the most? In 2014, dietary supplement sales by category were: 32% vitamins 18% specialty supplements 18% herbs and botanicals 13% sports nutrition 12% meal replacements 7% minerals Why is there so much disagreement about the effectiveness and recommended uses of different supplements? There is shockingly little scientific evidence…

True or False: You Understand Sodium

True or False: Tabasco sauce is high in sodium. Roughly 60% of people with high blood pressure are genetically salt sensitive. Instant hot cereals are low in sodium. Eating more than 1 ¼ tsp of salt daily may increase your risk of stomach cancer by 51%. Cream cheese is low in sodium. Parmesan cheese is…

Coach, Dietitian, Nutritionist, Counselor…

One of your friends is seeing a nutritionist, another has an appointment with a registered dietitian, and you’ve heard good things about a certified nutrition counselor in your neighborhood. Maybe your employer will pay for you to have telephonic meetings with a wellness coach. Who can you trust and how do you know who is…