Nutrition Diva

Nutrition Diva

Every week, Monica Reinagel peels back the layers of nutrition news and research, answers listener questions, and helps you feel more confident about your food and nutrition choices.

Episodes

June 19, 2024 8 mins

A new study adds more doubt to the value of fish oil supplementation for heart disease prevention.

Nutrition Diva is hosted by Monica Reinagel, MS, LDN.  Transcripts are available at Simplecast.

Have a nutrition question? Send an email to nutrition@quickanddirtytips.com or leave a voicemail at 443-961-6206.

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Learn why whole foods often provide a nutritional edge, when supplements might be necessary, and how timing impacts nutrient availability.

Related listening:

Is it time to stop taking fish oil? (Nutrition Diva #604)

Research references: 

Regular use of fish oil supplements and course of cardiovascular diseases: prospective cohort study | BMJ Medicine

Associations of Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplement Use With Cardiovascular Disease Risks: Me...

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Bloggers recommend everything from bleach to baking soda. Food safety experts insist that tap water is all you need. What’s the best way to kill germs on fresh produce?

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We’re losing the sodium wars—but potassium could help turn the tide (Nutrition Diva #708)

Research references:

Antibacterial action of vinegar against food-borne pathogenic bacteria including Escherichia coli | National Library of Medicine | 1998 Aug ...

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May 22, 2024 10 mins

Super food or expensive pond scum? Is this “green food” worth the greenbacks? Find out what nutritional benefits spirulina offers. Also, we review promising research on saffron for mental health and cognition.

Related listening:

Why You Need More (Not Less) Phytic Acid in Your Diet (Nutrition Diva #612)

Are powdered green supplements like AG1 worth the money? (Nutrition Diva #754)

Research references:

Safety and Efficacy of Saffron (Cro...

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A couple of recent news stories are causing concern about chemical exposure from foods that we would normally consider healthy. How does this affect your food choices? 

Related listening:

What’s the Difference between hazard and risk? (Nutrition Diva #355)

Mentioned in this episode:

Produce Without Pesticides. (Consumer Reports)

Patterns of Seafood Consumption Among New Hampshire Residents Suggest Potential Exposure to Per- and Polyfluo...

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Sea moss supplements are promoted as being good for thyroid, digestive, skin and immune health. What’s the evidence to support the claims?

Related listening:

The Carrageenan Controversy (Nutrition Diva #276)

Research references:

Review of harmful gastrointestinal effects of carrageenan in animal experiments. | Environmental Health Perspectives | Vol. 109, No. 10 (nih.gov)

Effects of kelp supplementation on thyroid function in euthyroid ...

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April 17, 2024 10 mins

Influencers are sounding the alarm about the many alleged dangers of seed oils. Let’s look at the evidence.

Related listening:

Does the Ratio of Omega-6 Fats Really Matter? (Nutrition Diva #185)

Nutrition Diva is hosted by Monica Reinagel, MS, LDN.  Transcripts are available at Simplecast.

Have a nutrition question? Send an email to nutrition@quickanddirtytips.com or leave a voicemail at 443-961-6206.

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Collagen supplements are promoted as a way to plump your skin, cushion your joints, and enhance your workout. What’s the evidence to support the claims?

Nutrition Diva is hosted by Monica Reinagel, MS, LDN.  Transcripts are available at Simplecast.

Have a nutrition question? Send an email to nutrition@quickanddirtytips.com or leave a voicemail at 443-961-6206.

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Monica discusses The Dirty Dozen list and whether or not these foods with the highest level of pesticides are, in fact, unsafe to consume.

Related listening:

What exactly are the advantages of eating seasonally? (Nutrition Diva #761)

Pesticides on Our Plates: Is Our Food Safe to Eat? (Nutrition Diva #499)

Mentioned in this episode:

Calculate - Safe Fruits and Veggies

 

 

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Eating fresh local produce is a great idea. But there's no reason to avoid fruits and vegetables because they aren't in season.

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Are Hydroponic Vegetables Less Nutritious? (Nutrition Diva #379)

 

Nutrition Diva is hosted by Monica Reinagel, MS, LDN.  Transcripts are available at Simplecast.

Have a nutrition question? Send an email to nutrition@quickanddirtytips.com or leave a voicemail at 443-961-6206.

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In today's episode, we're exploring the phenomenon of “food noise,”  how it relates to our overall health and weight management, and some ways to turn down the volume.

Dr. Nina Crowley is a registered dietitian as well as a doctor of psychology–affectionately known to her friends and colleagues as the “Psycho-dietitian.“  Nina has years of experience working in the field of bariatrics and as an educator and advocate against weight s...

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I respond to a recent article in the New York Times highlighting revised guidelines on managing PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome). The article states there is no solid evidence to suggest that dieting has any significant impact on symptoms. However, absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.

Mentioned in this episode:

Does the PCOS Diet Work?

International Evidence-based Guideline for the assessment and management of polycystic ov...

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How could the recent trend of taking salt supplements affect your bone health?

Related listening:

Should you be eating (way) more salt? (Nutrition Diva #755)

Does a High Protein Diet Weaken Your Bones? (Nutrition Diva #427)

How fiber builds strong bones (Nutrition Diva #632)

Mentioned in this episode:

Bone Health Workshop with Joanne Fagerstrom, PT, CFP

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Niacin is not a nutrient that you hear too much about. But a new research study  has people concerned about their intake.

Related listening:

Can these supplements help you lower cholesterol without drugs? (Nutrition Diva # 687)

Mentioned in this episode:

A terminal metabolite of niacin promotes vascular inflammation and contributes to cardiovascular disease risk | Nature Medicine

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I don't doubt that there's a link between highly-processed junk food and increased risk of chronic disease.  But the way we are defining UPFs threatens to bake an awful lot of privilege into our food policy. 

Related listening:

A provocative new study on ultra-processed foods (Nutrition Diva #735)

Mentioned in this episode:
Ultra-processed food exposure and adverse health outcomes: umbrella review of epidemiological meta-analyses

 

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Since their wildly successful introduction in 2019, plant-based burgers like Beyond and Impossible have continued to evolve. Let’s take a look at the latest formulations and how they compare to each other and to real beef.

Mentioned in this episode:
Nutritional Comparison of Plant-Based Burgers (Nutrition Over Easy blog)

 

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Last week, I joined Tom Hall on WYPR  FM (my local NPR station here in Baltimore), for a segment on Midday, a daily news and current events show. We discussed the recent announcement by the White House of an additional $1.7 billion dollar commitment to their ongoing campaign to reduce hunger and food insecurity in the United States. With the gracious permission of Baltimore Public Media and WYPR-FM in Baltimore, we are including an...

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