Articles by Georgia Clark-Albert

 
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Earwax, beer and buttered popcorn: America’s taste for jelly beans

By Georgia Clark-Albert on April 21, 2014, at 10:13 a.m.
Do you have any idea what Americans buy 16 billion of each year? This product even has its own holiday celebrated on April 22. I have to admit this was news to me. I was not aware that National Jelly Bean Day existed. One of the most popular flavors sold …
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Oral health is dependent on good nutrition

By Georgia Clark-Albert on April 07, 2014, at 1:01 p.m.
It saddens and angers me when I see children who aren’t being taught or given access to proper dental care. Tooth decay, sometimes referred to by professionals as dental caries, doesn’t have to happen. It can be prevented by healthy dietary habits and good oral hygiene behavior. Children should be …
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White, brown, organic or cage-free eggs — which are best, or is there a difference?

By Georgia Clark-Albert on March 31, 2014, at 11:18 a.m.
I get a lot of questions from patients about eggs. They want to know if they should eat them if they have high blood cholesterol. I’m always glad to let people know that over the years eggs have been given a bad rap because of their cholesterol content. Yes, eggs …
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Mix up your cooking methods, avoid sugar for anti-aging benefits

By Georgia Clark-Albert on March 24, 2014, at 12:31 p.m.
Today’s diets contain high levels of harmful compounds called advanced glycation end products, or AGEs, which accumulate in the body over time. All of our cells are affected when too many AGEs build up, a process linked to aging and the development or worsening of chronic illnesses such as Alzheimer’s, …
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For St. Paddy’s Day, try ‘Jiggs Dinner’ and a green dessert

By Georgia Clark-Albert on March 17, 2014, at 11:16 a.m.
Growing up in an Irish household, there was always Jiggs dinner, lassy pudding and some kind of a green dessert served on St. Patrick’s Day. What is Jiggs dinner? It is the Newfoundland version of a boiled dinner. Even if St. Paddy’s Day fell on a Friday during lent, it …
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Crunchy, healthy carrots: Good for your eyes and your heart

By Georgia Clark-Albert on March 10, 2014, at 10:03 a.m.
Carrots are a vegetable that the majority of people seem to like. Children often prefer them raw, which is great because eating raw carrots scrapes off plaque and food particles from the teeth and stimulates the gums. Carrots are a staple vegetable, available year-round in the grocery store and grown …
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What can a registered dietitian do for you?

By Georgia Clark-Albert on March 03, 2014, at 10:01 a.m.
March is National Nutrition Month, when the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics reminds everyone to return to the basics of healthful eating. It is also the time of year when the academy celebrates the contributions and expertise of registered dietitian nutritionists as the food and nutrition experts. “Since 2007, the …
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Taking a fish oil supplement? Misleading labeling is a common problem

By Georgia Clark-Albert on Feb. 24, 2014, at 11:25 a.m.
Last week I wrote about the benefits of flaxseed in lowering cholesterol. In keeping with the heart health theme, it is relevant to mention another source of omega-3s: fish oil supplements. This industry generated about $1.2 billion in sales just last year in the United States. Millions of Americans take …
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Flaxseed linked to lower cholesterol

By Georgia Clark-Albert on Feb. 17, 2014, at 12:46 p.m.
For a food product to be granted the approval to associate it with a health-related claim is the pinnacle for food marketing. The Flax Council of Canada has been granted such a correlation. Ground whole flaxseed has been linked to lower cholesterol by Health Canada’s Food Directorate. This opens the …
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Can cinnamon lower blood sugar and is it beneficial for Type 2 diabetes?

By Georgia Clark-Albert on Feb. 10, 2014, at 11:18 a.m.
Cinnamon comes from the inner bark of cinnamomum trees, a tropical evergreen tree. The tree grows for two years and then is cut to a stump. Within a year, dozens of shoots start to grow. The shoots are then harvested during the raining season when the bark is bendable. Many …
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New food nutrition labels may be coming

By Georgia Clark-Albert on Feb. 03, 2014, at 11:16 a.m.
It has been about 20 years since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has made changes to the nutrition facts label that appears on the back of food packages. Over the past 20 years, knowledge about nutrition has evolved and there is more focus on calories now. A primary focus …
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Dr Pepper bottles are seen inside a store in Port Washington, New York in this May 7, 2008 file photo.

Caramel coloring in soda causes cancer in mice

By Georgia Clark-Albert on Jan. 27, 2014, at 11:04 a.m.
What gives Coke, Pepsi, Dr Pepper, A&W Root Beer and Malta Goya their rich brown coloring? Caramel coloring, the artificial coloring that is added to these products, is the single most used food coloring in the world, according to a 2013 report from market research firms Mintel and Leatherhead Food …
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Fueling your workout: You don’t have to eat like a linebacker

By Georgia Clark-Albert on Jan. 20, 2014, at 11:20 a.m.
We’re well into the month of January, so if losing weight and being more physically active are goals that you are working on for 2014, hopefully you are beginning to have an exercise routine established. How are you fueling your activity? Should you drink water or a sports drink? Should …
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Why bother with detox diets when your liver does that?

By Georgia Clark-Albert on Jan. 13, 2014, at 3:11 p.m.
I was in a salon, cosmetic and fragrance store in Bangor yesterday and a young woman perusing the aisle next to me asked a clerk if they had cleansing products. The clerk asked her if she wanted it to cleanse inside or outside. The young woman, who looked to be …
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Will Vitamin C or zinc save you this cold and flu season?

By Georgia Clark-Albert on Jan. 06, 2014, at 11:50 a.m.
Besides handwashing, is there anything you can do to reduce your chances of getting a cold or the flu this winter season? Is there any truth to the saying “Starve a cold, feed a fever,” or is it “feed a cold, starve a fever?” I can never remember. Here are …

Setting SMART goals to lose weight for the New Year

By Georgia Clark-Albert on Dec. 30, 2013, at 11:02 a.m.
In a matter of a couple of days, the store shelves went from holding candy canes and chocolates to weight loss drinks and exercise videos. Now that the Christmas rush is over, stores are letting us know it is time to work on making some life changes and setting goals …
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Microwaveable eats dubbed Singapore Street Noodles from Simply Asia. Each bowl includes three packets (rice noodles, sauce, dehydrated vegetables) in garlic basil, kimchi, sesame ginger and classic curry flavors.

Chocolate-dipped potato chips and other supermarket trends for 2014

By Georgia Clark-Albert on Dec. 23, 2013, at 11:28 a.m.
On average, there are 42,686 items available in supermarkets, according to the Food Marketing Institute. Each year hundreds of new products are brought to the shelves by companies wishing to have us part with our dollars. What can we expect will be new in 2014? According to a study published …
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Pamela Fitzpatrick Plunkett of Little Bigs bakery in South Portland mixes up a batch of apple, raisin, pecan and oatmeal cookies

Holiday baking: How to cut calories without sacrificing flavor

By Georgia Clark-Albert on Dec. 16, 2013, at 11:35 a.m.
If the empty shelves in the grocery store are any indication, there is a lot of baking going on in Maine. The decision: Follow the traditional recipe or try to cut the calories some. I have to admit that there are certain traditional family recipes that I’m not going to …
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Spot these December savings in the grocery store

By Georgia Clark-Albert on Dec. 09, 2013, at 10:09 a.m.
Now that Black Friday and Cyber Monday have passed, are there any bargains left in the stores? Luckily, the grocery store holds a few surprises during the month of December. You’ll find baking supplies at about 20 percent off the usual price, so it is a good time to stock …
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Should you take a multivitamin? Depends on your diet

By Georgia Clark-Albert on Dec. 02, 2013, at 11:30 a.m.
My friend Judy asked the other day if I thought her mother should take a vitamin-mineral supplement. This should have been an easy question. I remembered back to my graduate and undergraduate nutrition work, when the consensus was that if people were eating a healthy diet they didn’t need supplements. …
 
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