Functional fiber

Dear Dietitian, I am health conscious and try to get enough fiber in my diet, but sometimes I miss the mark. I noticed some protein bars have 10 grams of fiber. Are these good for you? Jim Dear Jim, The Dietary Guidelines recommend Americans consume 25 to 30 grams of fiber per day. Fiber is…

Our connection to each other

I recently heard the word Ubuntu. If you are not familiar with this term, it means “I am, because we are.” The story I read was about a group of children playing outside. A person had a beautiful basket of fruit that they placed under a tree across the meadow. They told the children that…

How do you eat an elephant?

You know how the saying goes? How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. There is truth in this and, as I tackle huge projects this Spring, I just breathe through it and repeat this mantra over and over. One bite at a time, one step at a time, and one day…

Food addictions

Leanne McCrate, RD, LD, CNSC Dear Readers, Many of us know someone who has struggled with an addiction. Perhaps they have tried to quit smoking or are addicted to drugs like heroin or methamphetamine. The American Psychiatric Association defines addiction as a complex condition, a brain disease manifested by compulsive substance use despite harmful consequences.(1)…

Handshakes and hugs

By Sandy Holthaus I went in last week for my COVID-19 injection. The nurse was a very kind man named Michael. I really wanted to give him a hug to show my appreciation or, at the very least, a handshake, but I stopped short of doing so. That is where we are my friend, and…

Sharing recipes again

As some of you may know, at the beginning of 2020, I decided to take a break from writing the cooking column after 13 years, 340 columns, and one book. Who knew that just three months later, we would all be on lockdown and home? At first, it was a daze. We were on a…

Local food shelves continue to serve

The Eden Valley and Kimball Food Shelves remain open to meet the increased needs of their communities at this time. The Eden Valley Food Shelf is located in a new building next to the Church of God in Eden Valley. It serves the EV-W school district, and is open from 1:30-4:30 p.m. on the 1st…

2020-2025 U.S. Dietary Guidelines

Leanne McCrate, RD, LD, CNSC Dear Readers The 2020-2025 U.S. Dietary Guidelines were unveiled last week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services. These recommendations are based on scientific evidence and advised by a team of nutrition experts, including Registered Dietitians, Medical Doctors, and Professors of Nutrition. The…

The roles of Vitamin K1 and K2

Leanne McCrate, RD, LD, CNSC Dear Readers: An old vitamin is getting rave reviews lately. Most of you have heard of vitamin K, but did you know it is found in the diet in two forms? Vitamin K1, the most common form, was discovered by Danish scientist Henrik Dam in 1929 as he was studying…

Talking healthy Holiday food habits with U of M

With the holiday season underway, it can be hard to avoid the temptation of tasty treats. What are some strategies to help best maintain control of one’s eating habits during the holiday season? Joanne Slavin, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition in the University of Minnesota’s College of Food, Agricultural…

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