A Short Nutrition Quiz

You have to be an expert of sorts to walk through the grocery store nowadays, let alone the intense scrutiny that browsing the web or listening to the news necessitates. Test your knowledge with this quick quiz. Q: True or False: A “whole grain” roll might contain only one teaspoon of whole grain flour. A:…

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…

Do You Really Need to Add Corn Fiber and Protein to Your Coffee?

If you shop at Kroger, maybe you’ve come across the Cup Start Creamer. You might think, “Well, this looks delicious. Who doesn’t love ‘rich tasting, creamy and satisfying coffee’? Moreover, it has 7 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber in a packet. Sign me up.” as you toss two boxes into your cart….

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…

Could Intermittent Fasting Improve Your Mood?

In the past decade, intermittent fasting has become very popular. Many of us have heard about the purported health benefits from adopting these practices, including benefits to fat loss, muscle gain, insulin sensitivity, and cellular repair. Recently I’ve come across several studies that show the method might be as good for the mind as it…

10 Things to Know About Your Taste Buds

Our tongues have one or two receptors for sweet, but at least 24 for bitter. Why is this? Plants contain many toxins that would poison us if we ingested them and we needed to develop many receptors to detect these toxins to survive. The “tongue maps” that you may have seen in your elementary school…

Setting the Stage for Weight Loss

It’s often said that you shouldn’t take on a new project without first organizing your surroundings. Weight loss is a worthy endeavor so let’s make sure that you’re ready to roll: Prepare your breakfast and lunch in the evening. If you wake up late or encounter another problem in the morning, you will likely deprioritize…

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…