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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

Quinn on Nutrition: Nutrition on the road

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The real treat from my recent gallivant around the country to hawk my book was meeting you, the readers of this column. And on every highway and country road, I came to better appreciate this great country we call home.

Communities like Burlington, Iowa and Racine, Wisconsin could be called small town America. I call them the heart of this ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Fear the beer — well, not exactly, but watch consumption

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On a fun tour of the original Pabst Brewing Company in Milwaukee, Wisc., I noticed a sign in one of the halls from days of old: "Fresh beer is the most important thing to insure your future." I'm not so sure that is true but I was truly fascinated by some of the trivia about one of America's first commercial beer makers.

Pabst, which means "...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: The art of cheesemaking

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As I drove home from a visit to Wisconsin, I munched on squeaky cheese curds from the Clock Shadow Creamery in downtown Milwaukee. Second only to California as the top milk producing state, Wisconsin is particularly famous for its cheesemaking; hence the cheeseheads at football games.

"Cheesemaking is the art of turning liquid milk into solid ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: A measure for Dad's health

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It is probably no coincidence that we celebrate Father's Day in June -- the same month that has been designated "Men's Health Month." It's a good time, say health experts, to encourage dear ol' dad (and all men) to get regular check ups and take care of little health issues before they become big health issues.

This is a very good idea because,...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Calories, serving size get more weight on nutrition labels

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Finally, it's finalized. For the first time in more than 20 years, the Nutrition Facts label on packaged foods has been revised. Why? To reflect new scientific information, says the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) -- the agency responsible for the safety and proper labeling of foods sold in the United States.

More specifically, says the...Read more


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