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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

Quinn on Nutrition: Multiple choices from 2015 Dietary Guidelines

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It's snowing in Denver. And I'm at the airport, wondering if I'll make it home tonight. So naturally, I roam around and look for something to eat.

What an opportune time to think about a new report just released by the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC). Every five years, this esteemed group of nutrition professionals convenes to...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Feeding kids is serious stuff

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Oh, the things we learn from children. And I've had quite an education this week while babysitting my 2-year-old granddaughter and 10-month-old grandson. Sitting at the table for lunch one day, Frances patiently ate her turkey sandwich and berries while I shoveled baby meat and vegetables into her hungry brother.

"Uh-oh," she said, "I dropped a...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: The ingredients of love

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Love is in the air this week. Hint, hint...you may still have time to get your sweetie a Valentine. I happened to read--not from a scientific journal--that we consider chocolate, oysters, strawberries, and whipped cream to be the top most romantic foods. Why? I decided to investigate.

Chocolate is "the most commonly craved food in North America...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Of Super Bowls and avocados

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Yes, I know the Super Bowl is over. But this was truly one of the greatest football battles I can remember watching. Even the commercials seemed to move up in quality from years past...some of them at least. I wasn't particularly convinced that a yellow Skittle is worth arm-wrestling over. And even though the lost puppy finding his way back to ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Changing trends in eating behavior

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What has changed in America over the past 40 years? More women have entered the work force; we eat more meals away from home; we drink more soda, flavored coffees and other sweetened beverages; and more Americans are overweight than at any time in our history.

During this period, we have also relaxed our traditional norms of eating, say ...Read more

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