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Healthy snacks offer benefits

Healthy snacks offer benefits

Feb 1, 2016

NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina MS, RD   • Can snacking be a key ingredient in a healthy lifestyle? If your first response was “No!” here’s a chance to update your perceptions. Some of us were raised with the advice to “never eat between meals,” which makes sense in protecting our teeth from sweets. Yet there can be significant advantages to...

Shaping up in 2016 with renewed diet and fitness practices

Shaping up in 2016 with renewed diet and fitness practices

Jan 1, 2016

NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina MS, RD • At this time of year, it can be invigorating to renew our diet and fitness practices. This might involve shedding a few pounds, eating more veggies, gaining muscle strength and posting regular dates for exercise on the calendar. One goal might be to get in shape. Belly fat or visceral fat (meaning fat in and around body...

The sunlight vitamin

The sunlight vitamin

Dec 1, 2015

NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina and Brenda Davis • Around the year 1900 in the northeastern US, 80 to 90 percent of the children had the symptoms of rickets – bowed legs and seizures. The situation was eventually linked with a lack of vitamin D and sunlight. Glance out the window now. Is it grey? Well, our grey winter skies last until April and we need...

Is soy safe?

Is soy safe?

Nov 1, 2015

NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina and Brenda Davis   • Our September column on soy generated interest, letters and controversy. While considerable negative press about soy can be found on the internet and even in men’s magazines, typically these arguments can be traced to groups that promote animal-based diets, convincing some to steer clear of soy and...

Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12

Oct 1, 2015

NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina MS, RD • Vitamins are essential to life. The “vita” in their name refers to that fact. The “amin” was added in 1912 when it was mistakenly believed all vitamins contained nitrogen compounds (amines). In the relatively young science of nutrition, all of the vitamins were discovered during the last century. As research...

Debunking the soy scare

Debunking the soy scare

Sep 7, 2015

NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina MS, RD • Soy has been the focus of considerable controversy. The roots lie in good and bad science and in the fact that soy poses a threat to the animal products industry. As many shift towards plant foods, interest in soy arises, in part for its top-quality protein. Research also establishes its protection against cardiovascular...

Getting your omega-3s

Getting your omega-3s

Aug 1, 2015

NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina MS, RD, with Angelina Lam, Gloria Ho & Kelly Bogh • Research suggests omega-3s can reduce the risk of cardiovascular and autoimmune diseases. Fortunately, products with omega-3s – such as margarine, eggs and supplements – are commonly found in grocery stores. Omega-3s are a family of fatty acids that includes a-Linolenic...

Rising concerns about gluten

Rising concerns about gluten

Jul 2, 2015

NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina MS, RD, and Brenda Davis RD • Gluten is a protein composite found in wheat, spelt, kamut, rye, barley and triticale (a wheat-rye hybrid). Approximately one percent of the population suffers from celiac disease, a severe autoimmune response to gluten. For many years, people who believed they had adverse reactions to gluten were...

EatGoGrow! inspires kids

EatGoGrow! inspires kids

Jun 1, 2015

Nutrispeak by Vesanto Melina In Chantilly, northeast of Paris, I had the opportunity to attend a Montessori pre-school housed on the top floor of a seniors’ complex. Whenever they entered the building or visited the outdoor playground, the children mingled with the elders and, naturally, they all came to know each other by name and became friends. The...

Food for environmentalists

Food for environmentalists

May 1, 2015

Nutrispeak by Vesanto Melina Do you champion wise usage of water resources, clean oceans and a reduction in greenhouse gases? A newly released book by a BC author demonstrates exactly how your dietary choices can support your values. In The Restore-Our-Planet Diet: Food Choices, Our Environment, and Our Health (www.restoreourplanetdiet.com), Dr....