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Omega-3 Fatty Acids

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Redneck: The Word’s History in Nutrition

Redneck: The Word’s History in Nutrition By Vesanto Melina, MS, RD I was surprised to learn that the word “redneck” has a nutrition-related origin. More than a century ago, in the Deep South, several factors—poor diet and racial tensions–coincided. A typical diet for poor whites and for black slaves centered on corn, salt pork (fatty

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Something fishy

08/09/2017 +Share NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina Fish has long been viewed as an ideal protein source and the significant source of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids such as DHA. Health authorities have sometimes advised people to consume at least two servings of fish per week. Globally, an estimated one trillion fish are caught each year, excluding illegal

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EPA and DHA: Brain Food and Much More

As you read this, a fatty acid called EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) is helping to regulate your blood pressure, immune system, heart health, and various organ systems throughout your body. A related substance, DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) is an important building block in your brain and eye, and is essential in helping you think and see. For

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Fine Tuning Your Fat Intake

February is heart month. Whereas past research focused on the amount of dietary fat as a trigger for cardiovascular disease, we now know that both quantity and qualityof fat impact our blood vessels. From “The New Becoming Vegetarian” (US title), “Becoming Vegetarian” (Canadian title),  by Vesanto Melina and Brenda Davis, here are 6 steps to making the

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