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Quinn on Nutrition: What's good about chocolate?

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It's said that physicians of old prescribed chocolate to cure a broken heart. Who would argue with that? And here's how a 16th-century Spanish explorer described this sensuous indulgence: "It gives admirable pleasure and satisfaction of the bodily nature ... strength, nourishment and vigor in such a way that those who are accustomed to it cannot...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Science of meat

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Yes, there really is a college major in the science of meat. And it has a lot to do with the science of nutrition, I was informed by Hannah Kesterson, a beautiful young lady who will soon graduate from Colorado State University with a master of science degree in Animal Science, Meat Science and Human Nutrition. Wow.

I was curious why she ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Weigh in on high protein diets

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Do high protein diets work? Are they good for us? Current research suggests that a diet higher in protein may be an effective way to lose weight, according to an article on this topic by registered dietitian Kaley Todd in Today's Dietitian. Compared to lower protein diets, a boost of protein can help a dieter preserve muscle mass and perhaps ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Nutritional immune boosters

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I've been careful to wash my hands often and stay away from any hint of anyone who says they are not feeling well. Then I feel this little tickle in my throat...and a few random coughs here and there. Uh oh.

Welcome to one of the worst flu seasons on record, says the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Time to take a little defensive inventory.

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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

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