Nutrition Unscrambled Blog

Another Look at the Low-Carbohydrate vs. Low-Fat Study

The media has been buzzing over the low-carbohydrate vs. low-fat headline that stemmed from a recent study in the Annals of Internal Medicine, so as discussed in earlier posts, let’s read beyond the headlines. The randomized, parallel group study looked at a low-carbohydrate vs. low-fat diet on body weight and CVD risk factors. Some positive …

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Trends in the Eating Patterns of Hispanics in the United States

Sep, 25, 2014 Guest Blogger Research 0

Today’s post comes from Araceli Vázquez, MS, RD, LD. Vázquez is one of the few bilingual/bicultural dietitians in North Texas. She began her career in nutrition in 1996 after a successful career as a microbiologist and now offers nutrition counseling as part of her private practice, DietGenics. Vázquez is also a member of ENC’s Health …

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Choline, B-vitamins and Neural Tube Defects

Sep, 18, 2014 Guest Blogger Research 0

Today’s post has been authored by Julia Bird, MPH, Associate Scientist, Nutrition Science and Advocacy, at DSM Nutritional Products. The post was originally posted on Monday Aug 18, 2014 on   While the nutrient choline is not considered a vitamin in the strictest sense, as it can be synthesized by the body in limited …

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If Some is Good, is More Better? Practicing Moderation in Nutrition and Health

It’s a sad fact that many people look for quick fixes in various aspects of their lives. Acknowledging that a host of issues require nuanced responses, that simple black-or-white answers are often insufficient, seems tedious to some. So we look for easy solutions: if a little of this nutrient is good for me, a lot …

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Nutrition in the Spotlight for Health Professionals: Lessons from the AANP Conference and NNPS

Today’s post comes from Dixie Harms, DNP, ARNP, FNP-C, BC-ADM, FAANP. Dr. Harms is a board-certified family nurse practitioner, employed full-time at Mercy Family Medicine of Urbandale, practicing in family practice and internal medicine. In addition to family practice, her specialties include diabetes care and bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. She is also board certified in …

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Scientific Merit in a World of Media Glitz, Bias and Funding

As a registered dietitian nutritionist working at ENC, I attend several allied health professional conferences each year and enjoy talking to practitioners while there. With ever-evolving research in the field of nutrition, it can be difficult for practitioners to stay abreast of the latest scientific findings; therefore, much like their clients, they often hear nutrition …

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Low-Carb Diets: Compelling Evidence for Better Diabetes Management

Over the last 15 years, there have been numerous clinical trials evaluating the effects of low-carb diets on weight loss.  Because of this research, there seems to be a growing level of acceptance that low-carb diets produce at least equal, but more often greater, weight loss than higher-carb control diets, at least in the short …

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Flu Vaccine and Egg Allergy

Aug, 15, 2014 Guest Blogger Allergy, Research 0

Today’s post comes from Chris Barry, PA-C, MMSc. Barry is a nationally certified physician assistant specializing in pediatrics. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Physician Assistants, North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants and currently serves as the Medical Liaison from the American Academy of Physician Assistants to the …

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Leucine: Promoting Muscle Anabolism at Breakfast

Protein is a critically important fuel source for muscles, and branched chain amino acids (BCAAs) are particularly so. Leucine is the most abundant BCAA found in muscles, and as the body of leucine research continues to grow, so does the evidence pointing to several benefits that leucine imparts, including the regulation of skeletal muscle protein …

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Egg Myth-Information

Today’s post comes from Bonnie Taub-Dix, MA, RD, CDN, an award-winning nutrition expert and author of Read It Before You Eat It. As a health influencer, media spokesperson and owner of BTD Nutrition Consultants, LLC, Bonnie advises global corporations and food companies and has been featured in thousands of TV, radio, print and web interviews. She blogs …

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