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Here is where I try to answer common nutrition questions or let my readers know about things they may not have been aware of.  Did you know that your nutrition can have an impact on your mental health?

Or that you may not need as much protein as common social media posts say you do?

Is soy really bad for you? Or really good for you?

Can you still be healthy if you are overweight?

Many people have the same questions you do, and I would love to provide a space for you to answer some of these questions.

I will aim to update these nutrition articles as new (and credible) research becomes available.  And if you have any questions that I haven’t answered feel free to go to my contact me page, or my Facebook page and reach out for some information. Maybe your nutrition question will spur on an interesting topic for me to post about here!

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Jennifer Hanes MS, RDN, LD As we continue on with our discussion on nutrients that vegetarians should pay attention to, we finish with Omega 3 fatty acids, particularly those often referred to as fish oils.  There’s a lot of conversation around fish oil and its health benefits, and it’s obviously not a nutrient vegetarians come […]

Vegetarian Nutrients of Concern #6: Fish Oil Read More »

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Jennifer Hanes MS, RDN, LD Zinc is a nutrient that you probably never think of.  We don’t learn about it in health class. There’s not a zinc section on MyPlate. This is because deficiency of this mineral is relatively rare.  However, major sources of zinc come from animal sources, mostly meat, so vegetarians and vegans

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Jennifer Hanes MS, RDN, LD Some links below are affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. Hey there, fellow food enthusiasts and nutrition aficionados! Today, we’re discussing a nutrient that’s often in the spotlight for vegetarians: iron. Iron plays a crucial role in our bodies, helping with oxygen transport, energy production, and

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Jennifer Hanes MS, RDN, LD Hey there, fellow plant-based foodies! Since we were kids, calcium and its link to bone health were driven into our brains. We were told to drink our milk, so we have strong bones. But does calcium have any other function in our bodies?  And what if we’re vegan? Or lactose-intolerant?

Calcium: Vegetarian Nutrient of Concern #3 Read More »

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Jennifer Hanes MS, RDN, LD Navigating dietary preferences can be challenging, especially in multivore families where vegetarians coexist with omnivores. In such households, understanding ingredient labels becomes crucial for maintaining a vegetarian lifestyle while accommodating diverse dietary needs. One common ingredient that often raises questions among vegetarians is corn syrup. Derived from cornstarch, corn syrup

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Jennifer Hanes MS, RDN, LD People often discuss protein, typically concerning muscle growth and maintenance. But rarely do you see good recommendations of how much you actually need, what happens if you eat too much, or what conditions change how much you should be eating. And what does protein do other than contribute to growth?

Vegetarian Nutrients of Concern #2: Protein Read More »

Jennifer Hanes MS, RDN, LD As we discussed before, a vegetarian diet can be very healthy when it is well-planned. However, if you aren’t ensuring you meet all of your nutritional needs, it is possible to have certain nutritional deficiencies that can have a bad effect on your health. This post is the first in a

Vitamin B12: Vegetarian Nutrient of Concern #1 Read More »

Jennifer Hanes MS, RDN, LD Hey there, ever wondered what makes fruits and veggies so good for you? Well, besides the obvious vitamins and minerals, there’s something else that gives these natural powerhouses their superfood status – phytochemicals! These little wonders are the secret weapons found in plants that provide an array of health benefits.

Phytochemicals: Complex Compounds in Plant-Based Foods Read More »

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Jennifer Hanes MS, RDN, LD Man, if there were ever a topic with a lot of nuance and personal opinions, it would be this one!  The short answer is the dietitian’s favorite: “It depends.”   Don’t you just love that answer? To clarify, before we get too far, this article is about truffles, the fungus. Not

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