Monday, December 5, 2011

Questions about nutrition?

Hello everyone!!

     It’s hard to believe, but our blog has been up for 3 ½ months now! In that time, we’ve had more than 8,500 page views! On this blog, we focus on tips for healthier living and delve into a bunch of different topics, from cholesterol to sleep hygiene to safety tips for holiday shopping.

     From your comments, I get the impression that you’re finding this information to be extremely useful, and I’m thrilled! I’m so glad we can help you live your healthiest life. Because you, dear readers, enjoy a good blog, I want to take this time to point you toward another blog run by us that focuses solely on nutrition.

     “Ask the Nutritionist” is a great blog that’s been living on our website. Periodically, Tim Higgins and Brandy Baxter, registered dieticians, answer YOUR nutrition-specific questions. It’s a great place to learn, with questions ranging from “What do you think of probiotics?” to “Is there a difference between regular table salt and sea salt?” and “Is the crust on bread any more or less nutritious than the rest of it?”

     When you check out the archive (there’s a link at the bottom of the page), the questions are grouped in categories- weight loss, diabetes, food choices, vitamins, supplements, chronic disease, and more. There’s tons of information within those questions too. If you have nutrition-specific questions, there’s even a link to ask your own!

Here’s an example from Ask the Nutritionist:

How many meals a day should be eaten to increase one’s metabolism?
That’s an interesting question, and it’s actually somewhat controversial. There’s been a lot of research done to try to answer that question, and the results are not confirming that the number of meals that one eats affects the metabolic rate. There have been some studies that show it does affect metabolism; there have been other studies that don’t show it. The main thing that will affect one’s metabolism is exercise. However, the more one splits up meals during the day, the more likely it is they’ll get a better balance of intake, not overeat, and in the end have fewer calories. One of the biggest things that I see when people come in to see me—especially people who have problems with weight—is that they’re not eating regular meals, especially breakfast. Many times they’re eating late at night, and lots of food. If you don’t eat breakfast, the body wants to catch up. You end up eating the wrong things (that have more calories), and you overeat.

By Kayla Murphy