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Quinn on Nutrition: Getting enough Vitamin D but not too much

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Vitamin D seems to be the darling nutrient these days. And probably for good reason. This nutrient is critical for the growth and maintenance of sturdy bones. Without it, calcium -- the body's primary mineral -- cannot be absorbed. Yet vitamin D does more than that, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Dietary ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Yes, there is a sustainable way to farm seafood

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According to my dictionary, to "sustain" means to supply with nourishment; to support; to preserve. "Sustainable" refers to something that helps maintain or conserve our energy and resources. My morning coffee and granola come to mind.

Relationships can sustain us as well. Recently co-workers and I participated in an event entitled "...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Q: What do we know about vegetarian diets? A: Take this quiz

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What do we know about vegetarian diets? Here is a quiz based on the latest position paper on this topic by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND):

In general, vegetarians a) eat plant-based diets; b) live in Big Sur; c) do not eat animal flesh; d) may or may not eat eggs or dairy products. Answers: a,c,d.

Because my friend Michelle ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Can diet help prevent split nails?

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Reader GW asks: "What can I do to stop or prevent nails from splitting? Is the old remedy of gelatin just a myth?"

Dear Reader,

According to dermatology experts, nails can split for a variety of reasons. Nutritionally, protein may be the most critical for strong nails. Amino acids from foods such as fish, chicken, soy, beans, eggs, yogurt and ...Read more

'Brain Healthy' Foods Lower Risk To Alzheimers

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I once chuckled over a bumper sticker that read, "Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most." Later on, it was not so funny when my dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, a disorder that destroys cognitive functions of the brain.

Several factors influence who will eventually develop this devastating disease, say researchers. One...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Lessons on heart disease from the ancients

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Ancient Egyptians ate fish, birds, barley, dates, olives, beans, onions, cucumbers and food from domesticated cattle, sheep and goats.

Peruvians of old caught fish, hunted birds, deer and guinea pigs, farmed corn, potatoes and beans and raised alpaca for food and clothing.

Ancestral Native American Puebloans foraged on fish, rabbit, corn, ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: When heating cooking oils creates possible hazards

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In response to a column about tossing vegetables in olive oil and roasting them in a 400 degree oven, a reader from Connecticut writes: "My wife and I often roast vegetables as you described. But we recently heard that olive oil, when used with high heat, creates (compounds) that are definitely not good for us. We are now concerned about using...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Bone strength tied to more than calcium

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"Better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it," my mom used to say. That's why we always had plenty of food for holidays...and why I still tend to over pack when I travel.

When it comes to nutrition, this wisdom could apply to the process of building strong bones. While babies are still in the womb, calcium and other bone-...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: No yolk, eggs may be back in dietary favor

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Can we really put eggs back in our shopping carts without fearing that we'll drop dead with a heart attack? Perhaps, according to a report by the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee that will be used to draft the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

In the last report published five years ago, we were advised to limit intake of ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Spring cleaning tips for your kitchen

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Yay! Spring is here. And while there are various theories about how "spring cleaning" came about, I like the biological explanation of why we get the urge to refresh and organize our lives this time of year. According to How Stuff Works, the limited sunlight we are exposed to in winter causes our brains to produce more melatonin, a hormone that ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: It's a no-brainer; eat nuts and berries

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My dear friend's son, a self-confessed math geek, got married on what some say is "the Pi day of the century," March 14, 2015. It had to be explained to me that this date represents the revered math symbol for the number that begins 3.1415 and continues for eternity. (I thought it was because they served pie at the wedding.)

How fitting though,...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: National month celebrates many ingredients for optimal health

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March is National Nutrition Month, says the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the largest organization of nutrition professionals in the world. What we need to remember, say these experts, is that no one food, drink or pill is a magic formula for optimal health. Rather, the magic resides in the choices we make day to day...and today. Nutrition...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Does processing affect health benefits of dark chocolate?

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Q: A reader from the "Show Me" state of Missouri writes: "I always enjoy reading your articles in the Jefferson City News Tribune, and I have a question that I hope you can answer. I have read that dark chocolate is good for your health, one of the reasons being due to the flavonoids. I have also read that if chocolate is processed with alkali, ...Read more


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