Category Archives: ABCs of Nutrition

Nutritional Yeast

Harnessing the Nutrients for Modern Use Yeast microbes may be the earliest domesticated organisms. Since very early times humans have used yeasts for fermentation, one of the oldest and most successful methods of food processing and preservation. In addition to their importance in the preparation of foods and beverages, yeasts have many health benefits allContinue Reading

Salt Intake in the U.S.

CDC Advocating a Dangerous Reduction On June 1, 2016, U.S. health officials announced a new set of recommendations regarding the salt content of processed foods. The stated goal is to help Americans reduce sodium intake to levels recommended by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in 2004 and 2005, termed AI (for adequate intake), which wereContinue Reading

Why We Need Carbs

One of the lessons that comes across most clearly from the studies that Weston Price documented in Nutrition and Physical Degeneration is that, although traditional diets all emphasized nutrient-dense foods, the specific mix of animal and plant foods was widely variable. Since it is primarily plant foods that provide carbohydrate, the carbohydrate content of traditionalContinue Reading

The Scarlet Nutrient

The Unfair Stigmatization of Vitamin A If you take a prenatal vitamin, look on the label to see whether it contains vitamin A (some brands actually don’t contain any vitamin A), it will probably indicate “from beta-carotene or mixed carotenoids.” When you see this, think carrots, sweet potatoes or papaya, all excellent sources of theContinue Reading

Nourishing Traditional Diets

Hilda Gore: I’m your host Hilda Labrada Gore. And today our guest is the president of the Weston A. Price Foundation, Sally Fallon Morell. Sally’s book Nourishing Traditions came out in 1996 and has been a driving force behind today’s real food movement. In the book and in today’s interview, Sally emphasizes the importance ofContinue Reading

Saturated Fat Does a Body Good

Exploring the Biological Roles of These Long-Demonized Yet Heroic Nutrients Since the rise of the diet-heart hypothesis in the 1960s, the idea that saturated fat is the “bad fat” has dominated the fields of nutrition science and medicine. This, combined with the observation that we can make our own saturated fat from carbohydrate, has ledContinue Reading

Folic Acid and Glyphosate

Synergistic Toxicity Neural tube defects (NTDs), such as spina bifida, anencephaly and exencephaly, are severe birth defects that result from failure of neural folds closure during embryonic development.1 While many factors may be involved in disrupting development in this way, it has been known since the 1970s that folate deficiency during the first trimester isContinue Reading

Reading Between the Lines

Nutrition Updates by Merinda Teller, MPH, PhD Red Meat: The Food They Love to Hate In late October 2015, one of the nutrition establishment’s most cherished villains—red meat—hit the newsstands again in a big way. A report by the cancer agency of the revered World Health Organization (WHO) attracted major media attention by pronouncing processedContinue Reading

A Closer Look at “My Plate”

Those of us who watched the 2010 Dietary Guidelines Review Committee process were bemused to see the way they chose to deal with their predecessors’ obvious policy failures. The graphic design which decorated their final report was a calculated cover-up. In 1992, the United States Department of Agriculture dietary guidelines recommended the largest portion ofContinue Reading

The Baneful Consequences of the U.S. Dietary Guidelines

The next set of Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA), the public health nutrition policy that directs all federal nutrition activities “including research, education, nutrition assistance, labeling, and nutrition promotion,”1 are due out in 2015. The DGA are meant to address a simple question: What should Americans eat to be healthy?2 As the 2015 Dietary GuidelinesContinue Reading

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