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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.

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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

Quinn on Nutrition: Lobster nutrition

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"Welcome leaf peepers," announced the sign in front of a New Hampshire restaurant we visited. That's what the locals call those of us who travel to New England to see the amazing array of fall colors this time of year.

"We just call you peepers for short," my cousin informed me. His brother-in-law further explained how to understand New ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Oral allergy syndrome

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A friend tells me she was recently tested for allergies. "I tested positive to birch, walnut, and olive trees ... and peanuts, but no other foods. With the birch allergy, I was also diagnosed with Oral Allergy Syndrome (or Pollen Allergy Syndrome). Do you know anything about it?"

I know more about it thanks to a recent review of this topic in ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Benefits of eating beans

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Besides the fact that this is bean harvest season, it's a good time to think about incorporating this highly nutritious and health-promoting food into our meal plans.

Beans are legumes -- plants with seeds split into two halves. (Peanuts are legumes as well.) I was surprised to learn that dry beans like pinto, black and great northern are ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Update on calcium

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It's the most abundant mineral in the body. And 99 percent of the calcium in our bodies is stored in our bones and teeth. The other 1 percent is pretty darn important as well. According to the National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements, our muscles (including the heart) depend on calcium to function. Nerve signals and hormones ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Keep your family nourished during a disaster

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I still have vivid memories of helping friends who experienced heartbreaking floods in our community several years ago. One especially exhausting day of trying to salvage what we could from water-soaked lives was interrupted with the precious sight of Red Cross volunteers driving through the neighborhood offering sandwiches and beverages. It was...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Treating fatty liver disease

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It's the most common form of liver disease in United States and other developed countries. And it's not related to alcohol consumption. That's why it's called non-alcoholic fatty liver disease or NAFLD.

Just as its name implies, NAFLD is an abnormal build-up of fat in the liver. If left untreated, the liver becomes more and more inflamed and ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Getting creative with leftovers

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My recent influx of guests left me with a refrigerator stuffed with leftovers. I'm not complaining; I actually don't mind eating the same thing over and over and over.

But when I realized the gargantuan bag of fresh spinach my sister-in-law brought from a discount warehouse was going to become yuck before I could make one more spinach salad or ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Corn that eclipses others

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My American Heritage Dictionary of the English language defines "eclipse" as "a partial or complete obscuring ... of one celestial body by another." Eclipse also means "to surpass or outshine," as in "the total solar eclipse on August 21 eclipsed all my expectations."

Of course the visitors and guests we welcomed to the Nebraska Sandhills made ...Read more

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