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Quinn on Nutrition: Eyes have it

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His words brought me an instant sense of relief.

"Your eyes look great. See you in a year."

Ever since a wayward tree branch lacerated my cornea more than a decade ago, I pay close attention to the words of my ophthalmologist--the good doctor who saved my eyesight.

"Are you still taking vitamins?" he said as he concluded his exam.

Yes, I nod...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Thanksgiving: live to eat or eat to live?

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I'm getting off easy for Thanksgiving this year. With the crowd of in-laws and out-laws at my daughter and son-in-law's home, the only contributions I have been asked to bring -- aside from a promise not to make any nutritional comments -- are cranberry sauce and sweet potato casserole.

And this cannot be just any sweet potato casserole. ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: A traditional meal that's also nutritious

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It's the week to load our carts and kitchens with food for what could easily be the biggest meal of the year. And since few of us will be out hunting for a turkey or trading food with our Native American neighbors, here are a few shopping ideas for a traditional and nutritious Thanksgiving:

Turkey: According to the National Turkey Foundation, ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Beef, bacon, and beans, hearty cowboy fare

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Call me a crazy cowgirl, but I jump at the chance to saddle up my horse whenever my son-in-law asks for help on his ranch. This day, we gently herded a group of pregnant cows to another pasture. My pay for the day? Lunch at a favorite Mexican food restaurant.

Some things haven't changed. In a book uniquely titled, "Sowbelly and Sourdough: ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Are dairy fats different?

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Just in time to fuel your holiday cheese platter conversations, here are some interesting observations from the current issue of Today's Dietitian, a magazine for nutrition professionals.

In an article entitled "The Truth about Dairy Fat," registered dietitian Carrie Dennett explores evidence that higher fat dairy foods (such as cheese) may not...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: 'Bear food' to lower breast cancer risk

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"They say what doesn't kill you will make you stronger," I read on a sign in a national park recently. "But not bears," it continued. "Bears will kill you. Avoid close contact and use bear spray."

Later, while visiting the Grand Tetons, we spotted a grizzly bear intently digging for food by the side of the road. As we watched onlookers armed ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: When blood sugar gets too low

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Hunger, weakness, headache, sweating, shakiness, confusion. While these may be symptoms of watching the presidential debates, they are most commonly associated with a condition called hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar.

Glucose (blood sugar derived from the digestion of food) is a vital source of energy for our bodies, especially for our brains. ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Shopping for nutrition books

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I vowed never to do this ... mention Christmas shopping before the end of October. In my defense, it's never too early to check out ideas for those special people on your shopping list, especially the ones interested in nutrition matters. Here are a few best picks:

--"Eat like a Champion: Performance Nutrition for Your Young Athlete," by ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Benefits of family meals

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What happens when a family decides to eat meals together? A lot, say nutrition experts. More and more research shows that kids who eat a meal (any meal) at least three times a week with their families do better in school, are more likely to resist unhealthy peer pressure and are less likely to be overweight or have eating disorders.

Home ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Cherries and humans have similar nutritional needs

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How many experts does it take to produce a quality cherry? About as many as it takes to keep us healthy. That was one eye-opening fact I learned at a recent symposium sponsored by the Montana Department of Agriculture and attended by cherry growers from Montana, Washington, Idaho and Canada.

Cherries and other dark colored fruits and berries ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Good gut microbes

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Nothing like waiting for a delayed flight in an airport to turn your mind to microbes. I mean, the average human -- whether we travel on planes or not -- hosts several hundred different species of bacterial organisms in his or her body. And while some can be beneficial to our health, others I'd rather not inherit from someone.

Most of the ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: EVOO — so good!

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I read online -- so it must be true, right? -- that country western singer Billy Currington drinks a shot of virgin olive oil before his concerts to lubricate his vocal cords. Makes sense to me ... until you take a look at the anatomy of vocal cords.

What you eat and drink does not touch your vocal cords, explains speech-language pathologist ...Read more

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