Author: Monica Reinagel

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Can this diet actually protect your aging brain from Alzheimer’s?

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  Cheryl writes: “I’ve been reading a lot about the MIND diet lately. A 50% reduction in Alzheimer’s cases seems pretty significant. Even if it’s not …

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Should you avoid these common food allergens even if you’re not allergic?

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  It’s very important for people with severe food allergies to avoid the foods they’re allergic too. For them, eating even a small amount of nuts …

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What is the candida diet & does it live up to the hype?

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  “I have recurrent problems with candida or yeast. I have seen articles stating that I should eat less sugar and avoid foods that contain yeast, …

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How to enjoy the holidays without wrecking your diet

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  We’re in the thick of the holiday season, a time when many of us struggle to stick to our healthy habits. With all of the …

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Do fermented vegetables increase your cancer risk?

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  Nutrition Diva listener Brian wants to know:   “Do the benefits of fermented vegetables such as sauerkraut and kimchi outweigh the risk of getting stomach …

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Are plant-based ‘meats’ really better for you & the planet?

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The Quick and Dirt: Plant-based meat alternatives often have nutrient profiles similar to that of real meat. Although plants have a much lower environmental impact than …

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Fat & fit: Can people really be both?

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There’s been a simmering debate in the medical community (not to mention the popular press) over whether it’s time to stop making weight loss the primary …

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5 ways to save yourself from overeating this Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is a time to gather with friends and family, be grateful for all we have, and stuff ourselves silly. I’m not that concerned about the long term …

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Vitamin U: What it is, what it does, & how to get it

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I received an email this week from a new listener, who writes: “I just found your podcast this year and I’m working through the episodes. I’m …

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Here’s why your morning oatmeal can affect your cholesterol levels

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Dan writes: We’re told that eating foods like oatmeal, which contains soluble fiber, can help lower cholesterol. My understanding is that this works because the fiber …

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What is the ‘food compass’ & can it help you eat better?

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There’s been a lot of buzz in the food and nutrition industry over a recently released food scoring system developed by researchers at Tufts University, called …

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4 easy rules for healthier snacking

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I recently got an email from Gary, a long-time podcast listener of Quick & Diry Tips, asking how to decide whether or not a snack food …

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The real reason it’s harder for some people to lose weight

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If you have excess body weight, the standard advice is to eat less and move more. Of course, we all know this is easier said than …