Quick Question: Is Protein-Combining Necessary for Vegetarians?

It is a myth that the body can’t, for example, use protein from beans unless you eat rice simultaneously since these two foods contain different amino acids. There are a total of 20 amino acids, 9 of which are “essential,” meaning that we must get them from food because our bodies can’t produce them. Eggs…

Citrus Fruit and Vitamin C (free handout)

On a cold winter’s day, the sunny taste of citrus fruit might be some consolation. Considering that an orange only contains 62 calories and a small clementine packs only 35, these nutritional gems sure pack a powerful punch of nutrients, including potassium and magnesium. This handout provides information on vitamin C and citrus fruit, specifically.

5 Quick Facts About Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 deficiency is relatively common. About 7% of the total population is deficient in vitamin B12. Vegans and vegetarians need to be especially careful because the foods that naturally contain B12 are animal-based, including dairy products, eggs, fish, meat, and poultry. Thirty percent of older adults have atrophic gastritis, which means that they don’t…

The Essential Guide to Zinc

In 1963, zinc was officially designated as an essential nutrient. It sure is! Our bodies can’t store zinc, so we have to consume enough zinc-rich food every day. Perhaps best known for it’s importance to the immune system, zinc is also involved in hundreds of enzymes needed for regulatory and metabolic functions. This handout about…

Level Up Your Immunity With Food (free handout)

You’ve probably been giving a lot of thought to your physical well-being and immunity in the past few months. For sure, most of us are willing to dedicate a lot of time and effort to stay well. I want to say something cheerful like, “I’ll show you how a simple fruit salad can guarantee you’ll…

Do You Need An Enzyme Supplement?

A friend recently messaged me about a supplement that she’s taking. The advertisements say that it makes your stomach flatter and improves your digestion – both great things! It consists of enzymes that break down protein, fat, carbohydrate, fiber, and lactose. The supplement would cost you $300 a year if you took it every day,…

Spotlight on Chromium

Over the years, many studies have suggested that chromium might be useful for controlling blood glucose in people with diabetes. Some research has shown that chromium may also help women who have polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). This condition is linked to insulin resistance and drastically increases the risk of developing diabetes. It is possible that…

Free Handout: The Diabetes Digest

We hear a lot about “plant-based eating,” and for some reason, many people feel the incessant need to make it more complicated than it is. It truly is the simplest and most natural diet in the world. There are no bad vegetables and no criminal fruits. Research has shown again and again that people with…

Gout and Diet

You probably know someone who “has the gout” as I’ve heard it said dozens of times. If you have gout, you have a painful form of arthritis that develops when uric acid in the blood crystallizes, and these crystals then infiltrate and surround the joints. Uric acid is usually transported by the blood to the…