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…

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…

The Nordic Diet vs. The Mediterranean Diet: Two Peas in a Pod

I am a huge proponent of the Mediterranean Diet and the Nordic Diet, which are quite similar. Both plans emphasize a plant-based diet (high in fruits, veggies, nuts, and legumes), moderate amounts of fish (two to three servings a week), eggs, and a small amount of dairy foods. Both plans also limit processed foods, sweets,…

20 Little-Known Facts About Diabetes

Diabetes – so many misconceptions, so little time! This complicated health problem is made even more challenging because it often travels with friends – other conditions, including kidney disease, heart disease, neuropathy, etc. How many of the facts below did you already know? By sharing what we learn, we can help others to avoid common…

Ten Questions About Alcohol

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

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 protecting against heart disease and stroke. The relationship between HDL and heart disease is…

Pumping Iron – Why This Mineral Matters to Your Heart

When people think of heart-health, they generally think of three things: dietary fat, exercise, and sodium. Those things are probably the most important for your ticker’s well-being, but there are lots of other small things that might add up over the years. Unless you’re a vegetarian or have had a blood test showing a deficiency,…

A Short Nutrition Quiz

Nowadays, you have to be an expert of sorts to walk through the grocery store, let alone scrutinize the news and wellness tips on social media.  Test your knowledge with this short quiz.  Q: True or False: A “whole grain” roll might contain only one teaspoon of whole-grain flour. A: True – a “whole grain”…

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…

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…