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Quinn on Nutrition: More on beans and bread

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My recent column about the best way to soak beans to retain nutrients brought a response from Ana Carolina Fernandes, PhD nutritionist and professor at Federal University of Santa Catarina in Brazil. In 2010, her research team published an article in the International Journal of Food Science & Technology in which they reviewed the nutritional ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Clearing up nutrition questions

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My goal for today is to get the last of my Christmas decorations put away for another year. And to clear up these questions and comments from readers:

Alana writes: "Thank you for your article on beans. Question: Does bringing beans that have been soaked overnight in water to a boil before discarding the water and adding fresh water for cooking...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Nutrition helps diabetes

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Here's something to get our attention as we head into a New Year: Half of our U.S. population is now estimated to have diabetes or are headed that way with a condition called pre-diabetes.

Along with this scary news is the good news that -- because of how we take care of this disease -- diabetes-related complications have declined over the past...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: DASH into the New Year

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It's one of the most effective diet strategies to bring down blood pressure and reduce dangerous inflammation. It helps us lose weight and protects almost every organ in our bodies. And hardly anyone knows about it.

It's called the DASH diet, not to be confused with the popular seasoning. DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Food with a story

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We seem to be looking for food with a story, I heard at a recent meeting of farmers and ranchers.

"Consumers want to know where their food comes from," the speaker explained. "And they want to know that it was produced humanely and sustainably."

Guess that's why I'm happy with the eggs from our neighbor's chickens. And the beef in my stew that...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Readers letters about diabetes

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My recent column about diabetes generated some questions from readers:

Merry, a health educator, questioned my mention of a study in Britain that found a particular pattern of eating -- a high intake of vegetables and fruit with limited sugar, white bread and French fries -- was associated with a lower prevalence of type 2 diabetes.

"Is this ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Gift-worthy food and nutrition books

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Shopping for reliable nutrition and cooking books is a bit like picking out a good wine. It helps to know the source.

Here are some picks from my own reviews as well as from this year's Good Nutrition Reading List by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (

"Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Complete Food and Nutrition Guide...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Practical, meaningful gift ideas

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Even my young grandkids know it's Christmas shopping season. Seems every store or television channel -- especially the ones designated for kiddos -- pops up items that encourages them say, "I want that!"

My preference is for gifts that nourish the practical side and are meaningful as well. Here are some ideas that may help serve those purposes:...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Praise and pie

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It's time to talk turkey ... and gravy and dressing and sweet potatoes, oh, my! It is also time to remember the true intention of this Thanksgiving holiday -- a day to give thanks.

Whether we view it as a cliche or a commandment, "Give thanks" is pretty good advice. According to an article published by Harvard Medical School, being grateful not...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Diabetes news

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We got the historic news a little over a year ago ... FDA's approval of an artificial pancreas for people with type 1 diabetes. These folks must needle-poke their fingers several times a day to determine if their blood sugar is too high or too low and then give themselves multiple daily shots of insulin to regulate their blood sugar levels.

...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Mysteries of microbiota

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Lots of talk last month about the health effects of gut bacteria at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' food and nutrition conference in Chicago. The right balance of good bugs in our lower intestines can stimulate our immune system, help manage our weight and perhaps even protect us from diseases like type 2 diabetes, according to some ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: You are what you just ate

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My favorite session at the 2017 Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food and Nutrition Conference was presented by physiologist and researcher Dr. Luc Van Loon of Maastricht University Medical Centre in the Netherlands. (And by the way, the moderator who introduced him was Roberta Anding -- the sports dietitian for the Houston Astros.)

"Take a ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Trick or treat?

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My grandkids love to help me hand out treats to young neighbors who drop by on the eve of October 31.

"What do you say?" five-year old Frances announces in her very grown-up voice. She waits until she hears "Trick or treat" to carefully drop a piece of candy into each outstretched bag.

Nutritionally, sugar treats can be tricky. Naturally ...Read more


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