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Quinn on Nutrition: The wisdom of mothers and daughters

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Mother's Day comes right on the heels of my birthday. Sorry family, but it's a two week fling of which I take full advantage.

As I drove to visit my youngest daughter at the "please spoil me" Sorrel River Ranch Resort where she works in Moab, Utah, I thought about my mom.

She surely would have enjoyed the scenery of this trip along the path of...Read more

Barbara Quinn: Nutrition science is predictably unpredictable

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You might be a cowgirl if it's cloudy and cold out when your daughter asks, "Tom needs to check on the cows. Want to help?" and you immediately say, "Yes!"

Maybe it's the seasonal predictability of this life that I like -- riding through spring pastures to see newborn calves wobble close to their protective moms.

Still, there is much in this ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Trees feed body and soul

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Call it spring fever. Call it procrastination. This time of year I'd rather be planting something outside than sitting at my computer. And what luck! The theme of this year's Earth Day -- scheduled for April 22 -- is "Trees for the earth. Let's get planting."

These guys are serious. The goal, say Earth Day organizers, is to plant 7.8 billion ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Serving size vs portion size

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What is the difference between a serving size and a portion size? Plenty. A serving size is a specific measure of a food. A portion is the amount of that food that happens to be on my plate. Why should we care? Understanding serving sizes is one key to help manage our growing national waistline.

For example, one serving of milk is defined by ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: At risk of prostate cancer? Think red

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If you're a man, you have one chance in five to develop prostate cancer in your lifetime. Prostate cancer is the second most common form of cancer in men (behind skin cancer), according to the American Cancer Society. Men most at risk are over the age of 50, African-American or those with a family history (father, brother or son) of prostate ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Put down that salt shaker

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How much is too much sodium? Depends who you ask. According to the 2015-20120 Dietary Guidelines for Americans -- based on the latest evidence from reliable research studies -- more than 2300 milligrams (mg) of sodium a day may be harmful to your health. People with high blood pressure (hypertension) should not exceed 1500 mg of sodium daily ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Appreciating agriculture

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As I drove into town with my grandkids in tow, I was struck with the beauty of spring emerging around us. Pastures dotted with newborn calves and their grazing mothers gave way to greening fields of winter wheat -- the first crop of the season.

I pointed out the changing landscape to my granddaughter and she began to chatter about grass and ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Green is 'in' and not only for St. Patrick's Day

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My kids have memories of milk in the fridge mysteriously turning green on Saint Patrick's Day each year. Of course I always pleaded innocent and blamed it on the leprechauns.

Green shamrocks -- so the story goes -- were used by St. Patrick to teach the unchurched in Ireland about the Holy Trinity. And in our modern world, green in terms of food...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Readers want to know…

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"Grammy! Logan's eating the cat food!"

I don't know how my almost two-year old grandson manages to get into things so quickly when my back is turned. I do know however, that feline food is not recommended for children. And I know that this is National Nutrition Month -- the time to answer questions from readers.

Charles from Philadelphia ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Savor the flavor of eating right

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At last ... something to take our minds off the Presidential campaign. National Nutrition Month happens in March. And this year we are called to "Savor the Flavor of Eating Right." Who can argue with that?

Take time to enjoy food traditions and appreciate the great flavors and social experiences food can add to our lives, advises Libby Mills, ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Lion's mane, a mushroom roaring with health benefits

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Who says unusual foods can't also be good for you?

Strolling around a Farmers' Market in San Francisco, I spotted a display that looked like a pile of fuzzy white brains. They were wrinkled and looked less like food and more like something you could use to scrub away dead skin in the shower. A sign in the middle of these loofa-looking edibles ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Confusing facts about nutrition labels

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"It all started with a can of refried beans," a reader writes. "The nutrition label said a serving size was 1/2 cup and "about 3.5 servings" per container, which should be "about" 1.75 cups total in the can. I measured out servings and realized there were exactly 3 servings, or 1.5 cups in the can.

"Next time I indulged in refried's, same thing...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Nutritional tips that can be beneficial to autistic children

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When I heard that Temple Grandin was speaking an hour away, I jumped into my pickup and made the trip. Grandin is a hero in these parts and elsewhere -- a well-known animal behavior professor at Colorado State University (my alma mater) and an advocate for autistic populations.

Grandin knows first hand about autism; she was diagnosed as a young...Read more

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