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What are the nutritional and culinary differences between butter and margarine?

July 11, 2017, 9:41 pm

Thanks for your question! Of course, this can be really confusing for a lot of people, and there is a good reason why.

In the past, butter came under a great deal of scrutiny when its high levels of saturated fat were associated with increased heart disease risk. Because butter is made by churning cream to separate the butterfa...

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I wanted to know your thoughts about MSG? Thanks!

November 21, 2016, 11:32 am

Thanks for your question!
MSG (monosodium glutamate) is a food additive used to enhance the flavors of foods, usually umami or the "meaty" flavor of a food. Most people identify the use of MSG in Asian foods, but it is actually still commonly used in a lot of processed foods like macaroni and cheese, potato chips, can...

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I am not sure what this site is about? Are recipes listed on this site?

January 21, 2015, 5:50 pm

Greetings. Thanks for your inquiry. The website is a source for all things nutrition: recipes, research articles, videos, suggested reading, just to name a few. In addition, the main page features a function in which you can ask any question you want about food and nutrition and have a LIVE dietitian respond back within a few days. By cli...

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What is the best nutritional advise for a female training for a half or full marathon? Thanks!

November 7, 2014, 6:18 pm

Thanks for the question! My best advice to you is a few things: <p> 1. View Monday's article where I am quoted talking about protein supplements, specifically in female athletes. <p> 2. Drink tons of water. Consume about 20-30g carbohydrate with protein before training and before the event, and 10-20g protein afterwards (can b...

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How healthy are smoothies? I went out and bought myself a Nutribullet. The promise of healthy smoothies and the quick breakfasts lured me in. So this is my normal everyday smoothies: a good handful of spinach; some fruit that is in season ( apple, pear, etc), I toss in a banana, and maybe some berries. 3 tb of Greek yogurt, 2tb of peanut butter, and some ground flax seed. (The PB and yogurt help with protein -- I'm vegetarian). Is this a healthy habit or am I fooling myself? --- Chris

September 29, 2014, 7:39 pm

Chris - Thank you for your question!Smoothies can be a great way to get in nutrition on-the-go. It's all about the device! The nutribullet, ninja, and vitamix are all great options. The goal with the device here is to preserve the beneficial natural fibers found in the fruits and vegetables you are pureeing. Now, let's talk ingredients. ...

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I have 2 questions: 1. Is sugar intake linked to cancer? 2. Does gluten cause inflammation in a person without gluten sensitivity- If so, is this linked to cancer?

August 14, 2014, 7:49 pm

Thanks for your question - I think this speaks a lot to people who are very worried about “getting cancer” from something in the diet. As with most things, the research can vary place-to-place, food-to-food, etc.  One thing to keep in mind is that there are a variety of catalysts that lead to increased cancer risk. We know mo...

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Can you explain the benefits of eating yogurt in relation to probiotics, etc. Also, would you recommend eating Greek yogurt over regular yogurt?

July 27, 2014, 9:09 pm

Great question! With all of the media hype surrounding yogurt, it is always good to go back to basics and remember what the true benefits of probiotics are in the first place.  We have established a symbiotic relationship with the bacteria in our gut since the beginning of human existence. Over time, we have evolved to be dependent on th...

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What is the role of b vitamins in the body?

July 27, 2014, 7:46 pm

Thanks for your question! While all B vitamins have their own unique functions in the body, B vitamins in general act as a coenzyme. Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Folate, Biotin, Pantothenic acid, B6, and B12 all act as part of coenzymes - which are small molecules that combine with an enzyme and activate it. Without a coenzyme, the enz...

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Is there a safe way to grill meats and reduce or avoid PAHs?

July 27, 2014, 7:05 pm

Thanks for your great question!  Before we continue, let's discuss what PAHs are for the general audience. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are chemicals formed when meat from muscle, including beef, pork, fish, and poultry, is cooked using high-temperature, direct-heat methods, such as grilling directly over an open flame. The...

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Can you discuss the differences between mindful eating and intuitive eating?

June 21, 2014, 3:42 pm

Wow, what an interesting question. I have to say, when I started The-Sage, I never imagined the various types of questions I would get from visitors. But, I am glad you have come to the right place to have your inquiry addressed. So, here goes: While both are nutrition-related philosophies based around becoming more in tune with your body...

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