Choline: The Very Important Nutrient You Don’t Hear Much About

Maybe you’ve never heard of choline. You’re not alone. The DRI wasn’t even established until 1998, and the choline content of foods could not be measured until recently. Small amounts of choline are made in your body, but you get most of it in the foods that you eat. Foods like: Eggs Beef Pork Chicken…

Are Your Snacks Helping You or Hurting You?

There is a massive difference between a “snack” and a “treat,” regardless of what the food manufacturers try to tell you. A snack should be like a “mini meal” and contain smaller amounts of the nourishing foods that should make up your main meals. If your snack doesn’t both provide nutrition and keep you full…

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…

Worry More About Magnesium and Potassium

People tend to be most concerned with nutrients that the majority of younger people aren’t at risk of being deficient in, like B12 or protein. If you eat animal protein or a very well-planned vegetarian diet and are under the age of 60, you’re likely ok on these two. What you’re probably not OK on…

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…

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…

Why is Everyone Always Talking About Fiber?

Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are excellent sources of fiber. But why does that matter? Fiber helps you to achieve and maintain healthy body weight.  Fiber takes more chewing, slow the passage of food through the digestive tract so that you feel full, and may stimulate hormones that tell the brain to stop eating. It…

How Much Water Did You EAT Today?

We tend to eat the same volume of food every day. If you try to lose weight by reducing the volume of food that you eat, you are setting yourself up for failure.You need to eat the same amount of food that you’re used to but choose lower calorie foods. The calorie density of an…

Colorectal Cancer: The Link to Red Meat and Processed Meat

If you’ve been anywhere near a TV or computer today, you’ve probably heard that scientists are reporting a sharp rise in colorectal cancers in adults as young as their 20s and 30s. Possible explanations for this dangerous trend are obesity, sedentary lifestyles, alcohol, chronic conditions like inflammatory bowel disease and Type 2 diabetes, and HPV…

Are Your Eating Habits Making You Tired?

It seems like everyone is tired and sick right now. I can’t tell if I’m just worn out or if my body is trying to fight off a cold, cough or some other crud. What and how you eat can affect your energy level throughout the day. If you are also feeling groggy, maybe these…