Healthy eating tips, recipes, expert analysis of the latest nutrition research and diet trends, plus answers to your nutrition questions from licensed nutritionist and best-selling author Monica Reinagel.
Piper writes: “Ordinarily, I try to eat natural, whole foods. But I have a soft spot – literally and figuratively — for ice cream. There are some new brands of ice cream, such as Halo Top, that are supposedly higher in protein and lower in fat, sugar, and calories. The main ingredients are milk protein […]
There’s a lot of buzz about collagen peptide supplements these days. Collagen is a structural protein present in the skin, joints, hair and nails. The gradual loss of collagen as we age can make the skin look less plump. The idea is that collagen supplements can replace some of that lost collagen and improve the […]
Thanks to the folks at FoodInsight.org for this quick tutorial on one of the most common sources of food-borne illness and how to protect yourself and your family from infection. Thanks to the folks at FoodInsight.org for this quick tutorial on one of the most common sources of food-borne illness and how to protect yourself […]
Personalized nutrition is getting a lot of attention these days. Companies will analyze your DNA and tell you what foods and supplements you should and shouldn’t eat based on your genetic profile. But a huge new study throws cold water on the idea of matching your diet to your genetics. Participants with a “low-carb genotype” […]
If you have a confirmed deficiency of a specific nutrient, or a condition that prevents you from absorbing nutrients delivered orally, IV nutrition might make sense. And if you were severely dehydrated, an IV can be an efficient way to deliver fluids. But I have grave reservations about these “IV therapy” clinics that are springing […]
Will there ever be an end to silly new diet trends? The Sirtfood Diet is the latest to cross my desk and, boy, is it a doozy. The premise is that certain foods increase the activity of sirutins in your body. Sirutins are special proteins which allegedly have all sorts of beneficial effects, everything from […]
Karen writes: “How would you rate tofu as a source of calcium? Is it bioavailable?” Calcium sulfate is often used as a coagulant in the tofu making process. It’s added to the soymilk to get it to set into a solid form. The more coagulant you add, the firmer the tofu gets. As a result, […]
Jennie writes: “I read a book on plant-based diets that which cliams that the phytates in whole grains kill cancer cells. Do whole grains really fight cancer?” Ironic, isn’t it? In some corners of the nutrition world, the phytates in grains and legumes are reviled as “anti-nutrients.” In other circles, they are heralded as cancer […]
About ten years ago, I cut way back on the amount of meat I was eating, from 3-4 times a week to 3-4 times a month. I wasn’t worried about my health. And I enjoy a good steak or roasted chicken as much as anyone. I stopped eating meat mostly because I felt guilty about […]
All week, I’ve been hearing people talk about how much weight they’ve gained over the holidays and what diet or cleanse they’re planning to start January 1. Meanwhile, here’s what we’re hearing from the current members of the Weightless program: “Right before Thanksgiving, I reached the (previously fictional) weight on my driver’s license! And then, […]
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