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Quinn on Nutrition: What's in our Food?

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What's with all those weird sounding ingredients on food labels? And why are they in our food? I had the opportunity to hear from experts on this topic in a recent webinar sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the world's largest organization of nutrition professionals.

Food additives are substances which are added to food to ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Heroes of the heart

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OK, men. You want to delight your sweetie this Valentine's Day? Give her what her heart craves. It'll be good for you as well.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women as well as men in the United States, says the American Heart Association. And nearly half of us possess at least one factor that can make our hearts sick, including ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Appropriate vegetarian diets

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What three actions -- if we decided to do them -- would go a long way to make us a healthier nation? At a recent health summit, Dr. Ali Kahn, Dean of the College of Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, said it pretty much boils down to this basic prescription:

--Stop smoking (or don't start).

--Get 150 minutes of ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: An apple a day

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It's not everyday I find a box ... a big box ... of fresh apples on my front porch. In the middle of winter, no less. It was from a friend who insisted I try this new type of "Envy" apple. Interesting name; these apples are a cross between the more familiar Gala and Braeburn varieties. And they are grown around the world in regions of New ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: DASH into the new year

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We dashed through December. Now might be a good time to DASH through 2017. DASH is the acronym of the top-rated diet for healthy weight loss for the 7th year in a row, according to the US News and World Report (with input from a panel of health experts).

It's interesting that DASH -- which stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension -- ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Proven weight loss techniques

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My four year-old granddaughter was busy with her coloring book and crayons. After a few minutes, she gave out a sigh and with much drama said, "It's so much work coloring between the lines!"

My feelings exactly as I consider how to remove some of this holiday cheer from around my girth. If I want to be successful, I need to stay within the ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Everything old-fashioned is new again

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Items of interest from our past we used to call "old-fashioned." Today they are "retro." And in the field of nutrition, some ideas from the past are worth taking with us into the future.

For example, the Campbell Soup Co. has resurrected a 101-year-old recipe for tomato soup that it plans to distribute on a limited basis, according to an ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Christmas traditions

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It will be a holiday in the Heartland this year -- where Nativity scenes outnumber Mickey and Goofy at least three to one. And it will for sure be a white Christmas. I like that.

I get sentimental this time of year. Holidays bring up memories of those no longer here. And at the same time, I'm reminded of the wonder and joy available with each ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Clearing up eye health research findings

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Dear Readers,

My recent column on nutrient formulas for eye health got some good feedback from you. Here are some excerpts that may help us see a little more clearly:

Greetings from Australia,

While I agree with the bulk of your article regarding nutrition and eye health, I disagree that an AREDS or AREDS2 supplement (nutrient formulas tested...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Gifts outside the box

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The day after Thanksgiving, I was on my horse helping my daughter and son-in-law move their Black Angus cows to a new pasture.

"This is our version of Black Friday," my son-in-law quipped.

Truly, it's nice to get out of the usual holiday madness and consider other options for Christmas shopping. Buying local is one example. What a novel idea ...Read more

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


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