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"I am trying to limit my intake of added sugar...is there an standard accepted amount of daily added sugar that is considered not harmful?"
Q: I am trying to limit my intake of added sugar. So if I am counting sugar grams from the nutritional labels, should I bother counting the sugar grams from fresh fruit? For example, if a half cup of fresh blueberries have 8 grams of sugar, should I include that in my daily log since the sugar is naturally occurring fructose? I know I sho...Read More
Q: "My sister-in-law has cancer which unfortunately has spread. Looking for the best diet or macrobiotic diet to tackle cancer."
Thank you for reaching out to The Sage: Nutritious Solutions; we are very sorry to hear about your loved one.
Cancer is a condition, that, unlike others, have many different ways to treat nutritionally. This is not because many different nutrition guidelines are appropriate, but because each cancer may cause different side effect...
"What kind of potatoes are better for you?"
Thank you for reaching out to The Sage: Nutritious Solutions. As always, we are happy to help!
The short answer is: all varieties of potatoes are great!
Sweet potatoes tend to get the most popularity as the "healthiest potato" because they are rich in Vitamin A, a nutrient involved in cell health, immuni...
"I am getting terrible charley horses, do you think I need electrolytes?"
Thank you so much for your question! As always, we are happy to help.
Lower limb muscle cramps can affect individuals for a number of reasons but mostly occur during exercise, at nighttime in older people, in pregnant women, in people with a neurological disease and during kidney dialysis. All current and highly cited liter...
What are the nutritional and culinary differences between butter and margarine?
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...
I wanted to know your thoughts about MSG? Thanks!
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...
I am not sure what this site is about? Are recipes listed on this site?
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...Read More
What is the best nutritional advise for a female training for a half or full marathon? Thanks!
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.
3. Consume about 20-30g carbohydrate with protein before training and before the event, and 10-20g protein afterwar...
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
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. ...Read More
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?
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...Read More