Author Archives: Alexandra Black

Yes, You Absolutely Should Be Drinking Organic Milk

Well, that is, if you are drinking milk. A while back I wrote a post on organic produce, the point of which was essentially “Meh, nutritionally organic and conventional produce are very similar”. But that’s not gong to be the … Continue reading

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In Olive Oil V. Canola Oil – Is There A Winner?

Olive oil has been well recognized for its health benefits, and is a oft stated feature of the Mediterranean diet. And canola oil has been making headway in the US as a “healthy oil”. Multiple sources cite it as having … Continue reading

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Should You Be Drinking Gatorade?

If you played sports as a kid, you probably grew up on the delicious, refreshing beverage called Gatorade (or Powerade, although I think Gatorade is better). Originally invented at the University of Florida (Go Gators) to hydrate the football team … Continue reading

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Should You Avoid Fruit To Lose Weight?

I’ve heard a couple of people over the past few years talk about cutting out carbs and sugar to such an extent that even the usually neutral fruit was eliminated. I’ve heard people reference bananas and grapes as “very high … Continue reading

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Gluten Free – Finally FDA Regulated

I have always shared my birthday (August 5th) with Neil Armstrong, and now, I share it with a new friend: the Gluten Free Label. That’s right, as of yesterday, the term “gluten-free” (as well as “without gluten”, “gluten free”, and … Continue reading

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The Problem With “Protein Foods”

Usually when your dietitian-nutritionist talks about protein foods, he/she means foods like chicken, beef, eggs, and other foods whose primary macronutrient is protein. But this time, I’m talking about the other “protein” foods – foods with protein added presumably to … Continue reading

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Why Peas Aren’t Paleo (But You Can Probably Eat Them Anyway)

One of the most confusing “no-no’s” of the paleo diet is beans and legumes. Most of us have grown up learning hat beans are healthy for us because of their fiber and protein content, and many vegetarians and vegans rely … Continue reading

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Fish Oils

Omega 3 fats – also known as “healthy fats” and monounsaturated fats – have gained wide attention for their potential health benefits. Omega-3′s are found in fatty fish like tuna, salmon, trout and herring. You can get about 1 gram … Continue reading

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Missing The Forest For The Trees On High Fructose Corn Syrup

There’s been a lot of hate going around in the media for high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and fructose. Some “nutritionists” may even tell you to cut back on fruit because fructose is so dangerous. But is this all true? … Continue reading

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An Acquittal Of Sorts For Saturated Fat

Growing up I learned that fat was bad. Butter, beef, nuts, avocado – all “fattening” (seriously, we never had guacamole in my house growing up for this very reason). Lean meat lean beef lean lean lean has been drilled into … Continue reading

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