Conjuring the chocolate Health Halo

Anyone who talks nutrition around me should be careful. They might be featured in a blog post.  Case in point: today some acquaintances were talking about health products.  One of them described a new supplement that contained mushrooms and cocoa, among other things.  Mushrooms because “mushrooms are good for the brain” and cocoa because “it […]

Lutein and zeaxanthin for eyes and brain

I love when nutrition research intersects with actionable food recommendations to promote health.  A recent talk on the relationship of lutein and zeaxanthin to cognitive function is the perfect example of that concept. Lutein?  Zeaxanthin? I hope I haven’t lost your attention already.  These are carotenoid molecules found in egg yolk and many plant foods. […]

Walk Talk Nutrition: antioxidants Play in new window | Download (Duration: 7:59 — 3.7MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThe RD team discusses antioxidants. Free radical molecules are by-products of day-to-day metabolism.  They’re highly reactive, and can damage other molecules.  Too much damage can increase risk for lots of diseases.  Antioxidants to the rescue! Here the official definition […]

‘Blending Science with Spices’ – author interview with Gita Patel MS RD Play in new window | Download (Duration: 18:26 — 8.4MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS If you think Indian food is all about curry powder and ghee, think again.  Indian spices turn plant foods into delicious meals, but it can sound complicated and intimidating to inexperienced cooks.  Registered dietitian Gita Patel is out […]

Antioxidants overrated?

If you get your nutrition factoids from food labels, you probably think antioxidants are miraculous cure-alls, and the more the better.  Or you might believe they kill germs, as a recent sample of consumers thought.  But don’t feel bad; even food scientists and health professionals aren’t quite sure if they’re all that useful.  Dr. Carl Keen, […]

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