Nutrition Unscrambled Blog

Two Things You Didn’t Know About Dietary Protein

After years of standing in the shadows of carbohydrate and fat research, there’s been an influx of publications in recent years on the benefits of dietary protein. Much of this new science has focused on satiety and preservation of lean mass and how these characteristics facilitate weight loss. Protein, particularly at the expense of carbohydrate, …

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The Egg Yolk: A Goldmine of Nutrition + Recipe for Apple Cheddar Bread Pudding Bites

Oct, 13, 2014 Guest Blogger Egg Facts, Foodie 0

Today’s post comes from Serena Ball, MS, RD. Based in St. Louis, registered dietitian Serena Ball is co-founder of blogs at She is a nutrition writer and social media expert. Serena’s flavor-focused food writing has appeared in Relish, Spry and Parents, and Don’t toss those yolks! As a registered dietitian, I am surprised to hear it suggested that the healthiest …

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Applying the Latest Research: Increasing Protein to Benefit Blood Pressure

ENC likes to provide the opportunity for up and coming investigators to showcase their research. Today’s post comes from Justin Buendia, PhD candidate at Boston University School of Medicine (Graduate Medical Sciences division). Justin works in Dr. Lynn Moore’s nutritional epidemiology research unit in the Nutrition & Metabolism graduate program, where his doctoral work and …

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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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