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Quinn on Nutrition: Nutrition affects cancer risk

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Blame it on spring fever. Or perhaps the fact that I'm staring out the window as a beautiful spring storm rages through our area. At any rate, my mind is jumping to several findings that relate our diet to the development (or protection from) cancer:

It's been estimated that we could prevent more than half of all cancers if we would modify our ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Dietary Supplements: What we need to know

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I was at a national conference in 1994 (yes, I'm that old) when a speaker from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) told us big changes were on the way in the field of dietary supplements. How right she was.

The 1994 Dietary Supplement and Health Education Act (DSHEA) removed dietary supplements from the strict scrutiny of the FDA, the ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: I love a good (food) joke

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A friend who knows I love corny jokes -- especially those about food -- sent this one to me: "What did the chick pea say when it was sick?" Pause... "Falalfel."

Maybe it's time to pull out some of my favorite groaners from various sources. Bear with me:

An elderly couple had dinner at another couple's house. After eating, the wives left the ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: New look at eggs

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I love living in an agricultural community. Grading an assignment for a nutrition class I teach to nursing students, I got this answer to instructions for students to take their body measurements and assess their health risks:

"I found each of my measurements, which took some time and dedication as I could not find a single tape measure or ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Plan ahead says AND

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Before the month gets away, we need to recognize National Nutrition Month -- so designated by the world's largest organization of nutrition professionals, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Theme this year is a cute play on words: Go Further with Food.

While no one diet is best for everyone, say experts, we all need a variety of healthful ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Irish insights

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It's that time of year when this Irish-descended nutritionist paints her toenails green and makes sure she has currents and caraway seeds to make Grandma Quinn's famous (in the Quinn family, anyway) Irish soda bread. I also look for funny limericks, like this one from

There once was a farmer from Leeds,

Who swallowed a packet of ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Readers' questions and comments

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Ahhh...the coming spring thaw. Visions of wearing less bulky clothes in a less bulky body dance in our heads. It's also National Nutrition Month (, says the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Time for me to catch up to you, my readers:


-- Recently I read with interest ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Sodium: How low can we go?

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As with much of this science of nutrition, experts don't always agree on what's best for us. Not that they don't have good information. Sometimes we have lots of valid data. But Mr. Jones' response to a dietary change may be entirely different from Mrs. Smith's. Case in point, several respected organizations have come up with different ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Why don't we cook?

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I have a special connection with my bro-in-law, Brian. Not just because we have the same initials and he makes me laugh. Brian is a chef, a really good chef. He and wife Lisa graduated from the former California Culinary Academy in San Francisco. And he's passionate about getting families and kids back into the kitchen.

Sometimes Brian likes to...Read more

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


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