My grandkids — who can sometimes be picky about certain fruits and vegetables — have a different story when my two apple trees burst forth with sweet crisp fruit this time of year.
“Can we pick some apples, Grammy?” they beg. When my grandson’s apple gets down to the core, he carefully picks out the seeds and tucks them in his pocket ...Read more
I get these ah-ha moments at the weirdest times. During my afternoon tea break at work, I decided to add a small packet of lemon juice to my iced tea. That’s pretty good!, I realized. Why don’t I do this more often?
I then admitted to myself that — besides the lemon I squeeze in water at restaurants — my current intake of fruit, ...Read more
We accidentally stumbled upon it last year as we drove through the rolling Sandhills of Nebraska.
“What’s with all these garage sales?” I asked my husband as town after tiny town along our route displayed bright signs announcing a plethora of old treasures.
I later learned about Nebraska’s Junk Jaunt — a yearly event along a 300-mile...Read more
I’m seeing more reports about how nutrition may help us fight against COVID-19. No one is saying we can totally avoid the disease or cure it if we eat right. But the case for improving our diets to get through this pandemic is certainly strong.
Our immune system, after all, is made from the components we find in food. And like a well-tuned ...Read more
Reader RS sends this: "We read your column in our local paper and are wondering if you could give us suggestions for the best breakfast that has protein, fiber, tastes good(!), and is fairly quick/easy to prepare. Kashi isn't doing it for us! Any ideas are most appreciated!”
Glad to! In fact, we’d all be smart to seek healthful options to �...Read more
GW from Carmel, California, writes: “You have been very helpful in the past, so I thought I would pose another question to you. From my research online and talking with various people, I have identified several non-prescription blood pressure reducers and I wanted to get your input. They are celery seed extract, grape seed extract, L-Arginine,...Read more
Reader B.D. posed this challenge to me this week: “I would appreciate your opinion as a dietitian on this article on dietary fiber.”
The article, “Does a high fibre diet prevent disease?” written by Dr. Sebastian Rushworth — a junior physician in Stockholm who graduated from medical school in 2020 — challenges what he says is “the...Read more
Summer may be coming to an end but our risk for heat related illness is still very real. I learned that first hand a few weeks ago.
The weather had been hot, but it was not a particularly strenuous day for me. I remember drinking fluids that day, though apparently not enough. That evening while sitting on the porch, I suddenly felt tired, dizzy...Read more
I’m writing this from our hotel room in Missouri. We are halfway through a road trip through several states with main stops in Nashville, Tennessee, and Branson. To say the least, it’s been an adventure of landscapes, people and food.
We planned as well as we could. Brought bottled water for the long days of driving. Threw in some oranges ...Read more
Snow cones and cotton candy. Nachos with cheese and jalapeños. And let’s not forget corn dogs (my personal downfall). Yep, it’s fair time. Just this weekend, I counted four county fairs in our area.
Fair cuisine doesn’t have to completely put us into a food coma every year. But consider this from Dr. Steven E. Nissen, Chief Academic ...Read more
Letters from readers help me back up to check my facts. Here are a couple that came in recently:
“I think you failed your readers in your recent column, ‘Should we be afraid of fructose?’
'The scientific studies are quite clear: Fructose in the context of most whole foods is fine. It is the fructose in high-fructose beverages that ...Read more
My daughter — who loves doughnuts — forwarded an article to me titled “12 Reasons Doughnuts are Good for You” (www.thrivegloable.com). I chuckled and promised her I’d do some “research” on it.
She responded with a link to another piece, “Do Donuts Really Make Me Happy? Mental health and the gut microbiome” (www.businessgrit....Read more
“Fructose is a simple sugar with a bad reputation,” says registered dietitian Carrie Dennett, MPH, in a recent review of this sometimes confusing topic. Here are some fructose facts.
Fructose is a component of table sugar (aka sucrose). In fact, the sugar we use in most sweetened foods — including those labeled “pure cane sugar” — ...Read more