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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

Quinn on Nutrition: Canning season

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Ninety year-old Betty McGinnis and her husband raised six children on a ranch in eastern Montana. Trips to town for groceries -- especially when the weather was harsh -- were rare. Instead, this family relied on the food they raised on their land ... true locavores before the term became popular.

Betty's son, Dean has fond memories of planting ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Food memories, a nutritious meal for the soul

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I thought about it as I enjoyed an elegant dinner in a swanky restaurant at New Mexico's Isleta (Pueblo) Resort and Casino (we didn't have these when I grew up here). Surrounded by black and white prints of the first people of the Land of Enchantment, my past and present memories of this area came into focus.

This was the third lap of a trip to...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Encourage children to nibble on nutrient-rich foods

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My granddaughter is four -- "and next year I'll be five!" -- and soooo excited to start preschool this fall. She's ready -- "Frozen" backpack and all -- for her first step into academia. What do mommy and daddy need to know about nutritious foods for Frances as she skips off to school? Here's a short quiz:

SSB stands for a) sure she's beautiful...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Eat like an Olympian

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Confession: Every 4 years for two weeks, I turn into a couch potato each night from 7-11 p.m. Strong men in tights and swimming trunks aside, I truly enjoy watching the high degree of competition among these elite athletes. And of course it makes me wonder what they must eat to fuel those bulging muscles.

I learned a long time ago when I ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Sweet facts about honey

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Funny how some foods bring back memories. Every time I put honey on my oatmeal, I remember -- as a child -- watching my grandfather do the same.

I recently sampled honey from L.R. Rice -- a family-owned honey farm in Greeley, Colo., and thought about the "Colorado honey" my mom stocked in our home. My aunt, uncle and cousins lived in La Jara (...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: This and that from readers

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After writing about how my four year-old granddaughter who loves playing with her Magic Mealtime Magnet -- a fun way to teach children to choose healthful foods -- many of you have asked for ordering information. Here's the website:

My recent column about organic and conventionally grown produce generated a passionate ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Organic or conventional, choose more produce

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I sometimes get asked if I eat only organic fruits and vegetables. My honest answer? I buy what looks freshest and what fits my budget. And that includes organic as well as conventionally grown produce. If that sounds like heresy, hear me out.

Organic food is catching on in all segments of our food supply, reported Laura Batcha, CEO of the ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Weeding out to grow good seeds

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I'm almost too embarrassed to admit this. Since moving into a new house last winter, I've carefully tended a small garden to see what types of flowers the warm weather would coax from the ground. Last week, I realized everything had bloomed except one species that grew and grew with flowerless abandon. Yep, Google confirmed it. It's a weed.

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Quinn on Nutrition: Keeping a lid on BPA's

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BPA, UV, polycarbonate. Yikes. Do we need a chemistry degree to figure out what to eat and drink? Perhaps we do. After all, the science of nutrition is about the chemistry of food in our bodies ... and how those chemical reactions affect our health.

Here's one example to pay attention to as we guzzle bottled water on these hot summer days. ...Read more


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