Sharon Palmer, RD

Sharon Palmer, RDSharon is a Registered Dietitian and writer covering health, wellness, nutrition, cooking, wine, restaurant reviews and entertainment. She is passionate about environmental issues, eco-friendly culinary practices, sustainability, food safety, humane animal practices and food security.

Enhance Your Summer Dishes with Plant-Foods
While it is hard not to love the slower pace and casual lifestyle of summer, excessive heat can take a toll on our health and wellbeing. Thankfully, there are foods that are not only beneficial for the body’s inside but are actually good for keeping it healthy on the surface as well. Many such foods have an incredible ability to help protect the skin from UV damage and delay signs of aging.
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Alter Your Genetic Destiny with a Healthful Diet
At one time, if your mother had cancer, your genetic destiny for this disease seemed to be etched in stone. At least that was the old way of thinking about genetic predisposition for diseases such as cancer or heart disease. But more recently, there has been a paradigm shift in the way experts understand our inherited genetic profile. Scientists find that what you put on your plate may have a big impact on your genetic profile, and even on that of your offspring.
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Plant Foods for Your Holiday Menu
I love this time of year, celebrating with with family and friends, and enjoying food-filled festivities. Sharing delicious meals, we can reconnect with loved ones and people who matter most to us. Inevitably, there will be holiday dishes and treats that are indulgent, but also wonderful opportunities to try out some healthy food ideas. My ideal holiday menu is one that centers on seasonal plant foods. Here I want to share some of my favorite recipes with you.
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The Most Underappreciated Plant Foods
What have acai berries, mangosteen, and macqui berries in common? They are all deemed “super foods” because of their high antioxidant status. Even mainstream fruits like blueberries have joined the super foods club thanks to research proving their innumerable health benefits. But you don’t have to focus solely on high profile, and often expensive, fruits to promote optimal health.
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Busting Nutrition Myths
Should you eliminate gluten from your diet? Which “superfoods” should you eat? Are “natural” foods better for you? These are the questions on the minds of thousands of consumers today. Yet the information presented on the Internet and in many magazine articles is not always accurate, giving rise to many myths about which foods you should eat to achieve optimal health.
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Plant-Based Diet – A Path to Personal Health and Environmental Sustainability
Eat more plants. That’s the simple advice coming from everyone’s lips, from best-selling authors like Michael Pollan to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in the latest version of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. For the first time, the nutrition establishment – including the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), registered dietitians, and researchers and academics in the field of nutrition – is in agreement that the diet prescription for optimal health and well-being is one focusing on whole plants.
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Eating for Healthy Aging
You may not be able to turn back the clock, but you can certainly reduce your risk or delay the onset of chronic diseases associated with aging such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer and neurodegenerative diseases. Preventing these conditions can make the difference between a long, vibrant life and a short life riddled with disease and disability. Among all the things you can do, your daily food and activity choices might have the most significant impact.
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Build Up Your Immune Defense with the Right Diet
Foods that power up your immune system defenses are a hot marketing tool. From food products and dietary supplements claiming to “support immunity” to magazine articles recommending top “immune super foods,” it seems the idea of boosting immune function through diet is everywhere. As cold and flu season approaches, it’s tempting to buy into the hope of eating your way to a stronger immune system. But is there truth behind the hype?
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Celebrate a Healthy Holiday
Are your holidays a flurry of chocolate boxes, cookie trays, cocktail parties and dinner buffets? If you find yourself gasping for breath by New Year’s Eve as you struggle to zip up your favorite party attire, you’re not alone. People commonly complain of holiday weight struggles, and scientists are beginning to understand the significance of this seasonal danger zone for weight gain.
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The Real Scoop on Sugar
According to the 1964 Walt Disney musical “Mary Poppins,” just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down. But while sugar may help the medicine go down, you don’t hear anyone singing these praises anymore. Instead, many in the healthcare community claim that “sugar is toxic,” “sugar causes obesity,” and “sugar makes you fat.”
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Preventing Colon Cancer
The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) is doing everything it can to slash cancer rates in the country. Here’s what researchers have to say about how you can cut your risk of colon cancer through the choices you make every day.
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The Power of Plants
Make way for the plant-based diet, the latest buzzword for an optimal diet that focuses on plants such as grains, legumes, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds rather than a diet of animal products like meat, fish, poultry, eggs and dairy. Health experts extol the virtues of a plant-based diet as a healthy eating style that can help you fight chronic disease and obesity.
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11 Science-Based Weight Loss Tips
An estimated 75 million Americans are trying to lose weight by “dieting,” and 80 percent are doing it on their own, without the support of weight loss programs or health care professionals. But amid the mountain of diet books, fads, supplements, and websites, it’s tough to spot the most effective way to lose weight. Researchers have studied weight loss for decades, helping to find the most effective ways to shed pounds.
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Whole Foods First, From Grains to Fruits
Eat more whole, minimally processed foods. That’s the advice you’ll get from most nutrition experts today. That’s because these foods, which come as close to their natural form as possible, are usually rich in all of the good stuff such as fiber, protein, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, and low in all of the bad stuff, including saturated fat, trans fats, sodium and added sugars.
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