Nutrient Density

What the heck is Nutrient Density? It is certainly a term that I’ve used a LOT and you’ve probably seen popping up more and more frequently in the nutrition/health/wellness sphere. I’m actually a little embarrassed that I haven’t covered this yet – one of my biggest pet-peeves in life, but especially in nutrition, is undefined terms and I’ve fallen victim to it! Well, it’s time to rectify that, right here, right now.

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Flavor Preferences Change

When I first meet with people they often tell me that they don’t like a lot of the foods I’m telling them to eat – tomatoes, broccoli, maybe even beef and most definitely liver (I don’t really tell people that they have to include liver in their diet, but I do mention it because you really can’t beat it for nutritional density. Seriously, I’ve made the spreadsheet, looked at the numbers and I cannot find a single food – including the beloved kale or collards – that match the nutrient DENSITY of liver.) But I tell them that’s ok, because they will. I then get this response about how they really doubt it because they’ve never liked it before. Again, I say that’s OK, you will. Cue the this-lady-is-crazy look.

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WTF are Tiger Nuts? (Part 3: Nutrition)

WTF are Tiger Nuts? (Part 3: Nutrition)

You may have heard of Tiger Nuts, but more than likely you haven’t. I have a sneaking suspicion however that Tiger Nuts are going to start showing up more and more. I know that there are some pretty wild claims out there regarding Tiger Nuts, and as with most things, some are true and some are less than true. I think that any new darling of the food world deserves proper understanding, so this will be a three part series. In part 3 I discuss some of the nutritional aspects.

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WTF are Tiger Nuts? (Part 2: Paleolithic food?)

WTF are Tiger Nuts? (Part 2: Paleolithic food?)

You may have heard of Tiger Nuts, but more than likely you haven’t. I have a sneaking suspicion however that Tiger Nuts are going to start showing up more and more. I know that there are some pretty wild claims out there regarding Tiger Nuts, and as with most things, some are true and some are less than true. I think that any new darling of the food world deserves proper understanding, so this will be a three part series. In part 2 we discuss the claims regarding Tiger Nuts' place as a Paleolithic food.

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WTF are Tiger Nuts? (Part 1: Botanical Basics)

WTF are Tiger Nuts? (Part 1: Botanical Basics)

You may have heard of Tiger Nuts, but more than likely you haven’t. I have a sneaking suspicion however that Tiger Nuts are going to start showing up more and more. I know that there are some pretty wild claims out there regarding Tiger Nuts, and as with most things, some are true and some are less than true. I think that any new darling of the food world deserves proper understanding, so this will be a three part series. In part 1 we explore the botanical basics of the Tiger Nut.

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The Glycemic Index: Useful or Misused?

The Glycemic Index: Useful or Misused?

The glycemic index, one of nutrition's 'it' girls for the last couple of years, has been cited to me frequently as a reason to not eat this or that food. I wouldn't be surprised if several of you out there have used the glycemic index to make food choices, especially when it comes to your sweetener choice (hello, agave.) But let's take a minute to really understand the glycemic index, I think you may find that it's not as straight-forward as it seems.

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MCT Oil (aka Liquid Coconut oil) - A Few Concerns

MCT Oil (aka Liquid Coconut oil) - A Few Concerns

MCT oil (aka Liquid Coconut oil) has become rather popular over the last few years. A lot of that popularity is owed to certain health and weight loss claims. Find out what it is and why it might not be the best option, especially if it's in place of pure coconut oil and you are aiming for a healthful diet that consists of real, whole foods.  

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Not all Saturated Fats are Equal

Not all Saturated Fats are Equal

Not all saturated fats are equal. The saturated fat that you find in real food, properly raised/grown  - beef and tallow, pork and lard, coconut oil, etc. – have been a part of our diets for a long, long, long time. They occur in nature as is. This is not true of all saturated fats. When so-called “vegetable” oils are hydrogenated they are considered to have functionally gone from an unsaturated fat to a saturated one. And this is how it is labeled on food packaging.

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