Articles by Georgia Clark-Albert

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 …

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 …

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. …

Thanksgiving Day: Start of the gluttony season

By Georgia Clark-Albert on Nov. 25, 2013, at 11 a.m.
On Thanksgiving Day, we give thanks for all that we have and enjoy as free Americans. My thought recently was why, and when did the holiday turn into a day of overindulgence when many people find it necessary to eat until they have to undo the button on their pants, …

For the underweight, adding pounds a less understood challenge

By Georgia Clark-Albert on Nov. 18, 2013, at 11:14 a.m.
I’ve realized there is a complete group of the population that I’ve neglected to address in this column. I’ve discussed weight loss, nutrition for children, the elderly, different disease states and more, but I have not yet reached out to people who are trying to gain weight. Don’t assume it …

Pour a glass of Concord grape juice for a nutrient-packed drink

By Georgia Clark-Albert on Nov. 11, 2013, at 9:49 a.m.
Each year it’s a contest between me and the birds to see who will get to the grape arbor and pick the Concord grapes first. More often than I care to admit, they win. What else do they have to do but sit guard over the grapes and other fruits …

As the days grow darker, eat vitamin A for a vision boost

By Georgia Clark-Albert on Nov. 04, 2013, at 9:46 a.m.
Whether you are a daylight saving time lover or hater, we fell back into standard time this past Sunday. The federal government doesn’t require states to observe daylight saving time. Apparently we have Ben Franklin to thank or blame for thinking of the original concept. There has been a lot …

Food addiction: More than an excuse to overeat?

By Georgia Clark-Albert on Oct. 28, 2013, at 12:12 p.m.
Is food addiction anything more than just an excuse to overeat? Many people claim they are addicted to chocolate, sugar or sweets in general. I’m never quite sure how to respond when people make this claim, because I’ve never been aware of any chemical property of chocolate that’s addicting, and …

Join us at the Diabetes Expo in Brewer

By Georgia Clark-Albert on Oct. 21, 2013, at 11:23 a.m.
Every day in the United States, more than 5,200 people are diagnosed with diabetes, 230 patients have a diabetes-related amputation, 133 people with diabetes progress to end-stage renal disease and 55 people with diabetes become blind, according to the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As of 2011, …

Peanut butter may improve breast health later in life

By Georgia Clark-Albert on Oct. 07, 2013, at 11:22 a.m.
I’ve been concerned about sandwich variety in my daughter’s lunch since every day for the past year and a half she has only wanted half of a peanut butter sandwich. I have offered tuna, ham and Swiss, egg salad, sliced turkey — any type of sandwich that I could think …
Harvested seeds of homegrown Chenopodium quinoa.

Meatless Monday doesn’t have to mean tofu for dinner

By Georgia Clark-Albert on Sept. 30, 2013, at 10:55 a.m.
The Meatless Monday campaign has become a worldwide endeavor, encouraging people to cut meat out of their diets one day a week to improve their health and the health of the planet. If you are taking part to reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, colon cancer or heart disease, …

Could you eat on $5 a day?

By Georgia Clark-Albert on Sept. 23, 2013, at 12:27 p.m.
In my work, I see more people who want to focus on losing weight rather than gaining weight, so I don’t often stop to think about the problem of hunger. It’s easy to overlook the fact that hunger is still a big problem in in the United States. According to …

Corn: Cow feed or healthy vegetable?

By Georgia Clark-Albert on Sept. 16, 2013, at 11:21 a.m.
Corn is one of those vegetables that inspires a lot of one-liners. Corn makes you fat. Corn is only good for cow feed. There’s no nutritional value in corn. Corn is too high in starch. Corn falls into two food categories. The kernels eaten off the cob are classified as …
McIntosh apples on a tree at Conant Orchards in Etna.  They grow 19 varieties of apples, sell cider, pumpkins and pears just to name few of items available at the farm's store.

Apples: The sweet gift of autumn

By Georgia Clark-Albert on Sept. 09, 2013, at 12:25 p.m.
It is September; the morning air is cooler and fresh apples are readily available at local grocery stores and apple orchards. Apple picking is a great family activity for a fall afternoon. For a list of orchards that allow you to pick, visit Apples are a versatile fruit that …

Malnutrition Awareness week comes at the end of September

By Georgia Clark-Albert on Sept. 02, 2013, at 1:26 p.m.
Around the world the elderly population is increasing. Along with it comes the increase in malnutrition. Despite the significant advances in medicine, even in developed countries, under-nutrition remains a significant public health problem. The overall prevalence of malnutrition is 22.6 percent. In hospital settings, nearly 40 percent of the elderly …

Want weight loss? All you’ll lose with garcinia cambogia is money from your pocket

By Georgia Clark-Albert on Aug. 26, 2013, at 10:03 a.m.
I learn a lot from my patients. Often it has to do with the latest and greatest products promoted on the daytime doctor shows, often one particular late afternoon doctor show. Recently, a patient told me she had spent $30 on a product that was supposed to help control her …

How TV distracts us into eating

By Georgia Clark-Albert on Aug. 19, 2013, at 12:21 p.m.
One of the biggest issues many people present to me is the concept of snacking while watching television in the evening. They do well at breakfast, pack a healthy lunch for work, eat a balanced evening meal when they get home and then … for years they have learned to …
Jordan Buteau of Waltham practices knife skills as her mom, Tina, looks on during the iCook 4-H pilot project at the Hancock County Extension Office in Ellsworth in this September 2012 file photo.

UMaine seeks kids and adults for study on living healthy by learning to cook

By Georgia Clark-Albert on Aug. 05, 2013, at 11:40 a.m.
One of the best ways to encourage your child to eat more fruits and vegetables and try new dishes is to get them involved in shopping for and preparing meals. The younger you start them, the better. Washing produce, tearing apart lettuce and tossing salads are all things that young …

Another reason to eat breakfast

By Georgia Clark-Albert on July 29, 2013, at 9:14 a.m.
I speak with many people on a daily basis who don’t eat breakfast. If I had to guess, I would say that more people don’t eat breakfast then do. Reasons people give for not eating a morning meal include wanting to sleep in a few more minutes, feeling sick if …

Mexican herb has medicinal powers

By Georgia Clark-Albert on July 22, 2013, at 8:22 a.m.
Unless you cook a lot of Mexican food, you may not be familiar with the herb epazote (pronounced eh-pah-ZOH-tay). Epazote is a popular Central American herb that has been used by native Mexicans for hundreds of years. It has a strong musky flavor that provides a unique taste to Mexican …