Articles by Georgia Clark-Albert


When determining the healthier food choice, read the labels

By Georgia Clark-Albert on July 15, 2013, at 10:26 a.m.
As a registered dietitian nutritionist, I often get questions from people about which foods are healthier. Butter versus margarine, baked potato chips versus fried chips, regular versus low fat peanut butter and ground turkey versus ground beef are common topics of discussion. In most situations the response is similar: read …

Peas: Snow, Garden and Snap

By Georgia Clark-Albert on July 08, 2013, at 11:03 a.m.
We’re almost ready to pick our first crop of peas from the garden for the year. My daughter and husband like them raw, while I prefer them cooked. Everyone seems to have a story about picking peas and then sitting and shelling them when they were young. My dad grew …

Discovering germs in public places

By Georgia Clark-Albert on July 01, 2013, at 11:02 a.m.
I am not a germaphobe. I do not chase after my child with a bottle of hand sanitizer or give it out as gifts. I do, however, know that germs are lurking everywhere. They are getting more and more resistant, which makes them more harmful to us. Therefore, I think …

Is seaweed-sourced carrageenan inflaming you?

By Georgia Clark-Albert on June 24, 2013, at 11:20 a.m.
Approximately 30,000 tons of carrageenan is produced per year. This amounts to an estimated annual benefit of $300 million to the U.S. and other nations. U.S. carrageenan producers get much of their seaweed from family farms in Indonesia the Philippines and East Africa. In many African village communities, the farming …

Take a hike after each meal to stave off diabetes

By Georgia Clark-Albert on June 17, 2013, at 10:04 a.m.
If you’ve been told you have pre-diabetes or are at risk of developing diabetes, you can take steps to reduce your risk or prevent or delay the disease. Diabetes leads to high blood sugar or glucose in the blood since it affects the body’s ability to make or use insulin …
Freshly picked strawberries sit in their quart containers at Tate's Strawberry Farm in East Corinth. Strawberries are considered an effective disease management and health-promoting dietary regimen.

Strawberries: Good for the head, the heart and the taste buds

By Georgia Clark-Albert on June 10, 2013, at 12:59 p.m.
It doesn’t quite make sense that Feb. 27 is National Strawberry Day, June 9 is Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day, and June 14 is National Strawberry Shortcake Day. Strawberries are a great fruit to celebrate, but why not celebrate them all on the same day? The strawberry is a member of …
Green Mountain Coffee single-serve K-Cups are pictured in New York, in May 2012. A few cups of coffee a day may be good for you, but too much can cause health complications, according to studies.

Coffee: Enjoy in moderation

By Georgia Clark-Albert on June 03, 2013, at 1:23 p.m.
I love my coffee. I like it with cream so it is about the color of peanut butter. I have a couple of cups in the morning and then on occasion a cup in the afternoon. After looking at the research published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry …

Impact of protein on Parkinson’s Disease

By Georgia Clark-Albert on May 27, 2013, at 3:23 p.m.
About 60,000 new cases of Parkinson’s disease are diagnosed in the U.S. each year. It is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder after Alzheimer’s disease. Parkinson’s is a disease of the central nervous system where there is a loss of brain cells that produce the chemical dopamine. It affects nearly …

It’s not about body mass index anymore: Know your waist-height ratio

By Georgia Clark-Albert on May 20, 2013, at 11:20 a.m.
For decades, body mass index has been the tool used by medical professionals to indicate the level of overweight or obesity, which in turn is believed to be associated with mortality risk. BMI is calculated by taking one’s weight in kilograms and dividing it by the square of one’s height …

Parents beware of hidden caffeine lurking in energy drinks

By Georgia Clark-Albert on May 13, 2013, at 11:41 a.m.
It’s baseball and softball season in Maine, a time many parents spend chauffeuring kids back and forth to practice and games, fitting in dinner, and watching children practice catching, throwing and hitting. I’m one of those parents sitting there watching my child practice softball. As the weather has gotten a …
Olive Oil is bottled for display at Fiore Artisan Olive Oils and Vinegars in Rockland. Olive oil is classified for flavor and quality, with extra virgin being the top quality, as it comes from the first pressing of the olives.

Understanding olive oil

By Georgia Clark-Albert on May 06, 2013, at 2:45 p.m.
What do you really know about olive oil, other than it comes from olives? There are many different varieties of olives than can be used for oil, and each has a unique flavor and quality. The variety of the olive, as well as the maturity of the fruit, contributes to …

Ditch the frozen peas, fresh spring produce is here

By Georgia Clark-Albert on April 29, 2013, at 11:27 a.m.
It’s not quite fiddlehead season yet, but other great fresh fruits and vegetables can be enjoyed early in the spring. After the long winter using frozen vegetables and less-than-tasty “fresh” produce, it is great to go to the grocery store and look at the options available. Apricots The peak season …

Beetroot juice to lower your blood pressure

By Georgia Clark-Albert on April 22, 2013, at 9:33 a.m.
High blood pressure is a risk factor for many diseases, including stroke, coronary heart disease, kidney failure and other health conditions. What is actually being determined when blood pressure is measured is the force of blood pushing against the walls of arteries as the heart pumps blood. Over time, if …

Kidney stones – The real culprit isn’t calcium

By Georgia Clark-Albert on April 15, 2013, at 9:38 a.m.
A co-worker of mine had to leave work the other day to go to a local emergency department because of severe pain, nausea and vomiting. As it turned out, she had a kidney stone, or renal lithiasis. I asked her if she drank a lot of milk and she said …

Apricots – the early ripeners

By Georgia Clark-Albert on April 08, 2013, at 9:34 a.m.
Fresh apricots don’t stay around very long, so get them while you can. The future of most apricots is to either be canned or dried. About 13 percent of all U.S. apricots are sold fresh, 23 percent are used for canning and juicing, and 57 percent are usually dried, according …

Rising obesity among men takes toll on sexuality, prostate health

By Georgia Clark-Albert on April 01, 2013, at 1:54 p.m.
It’s no secret that obesity is an issue in the United States, but what is surprising is the rising rate of obesity among men. Between 1900 and 2011, overall obesity rates rose from 7 percent to 25 percent, according to Dr. Noel Richardson, director of the Centre for Men’s Health …

A simple test can show your risk of developing diabetes

By Georgia Clark-Albert on March 25, 2013, at 11:23 a.m.
On Tuesday, March 26, the American Diabetes Association celebrates its 25th annual Alert Day. Alert Day, which is recognized the fourth Tuesday in March each year, is a one-day “wake-up call” encouraging Americans to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing Type …

What can a registered dietitian do for you?

By Georgia Clark-Albert on March 18, 2013, at 11:25 a.m.
Each March, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics promotes National Nutrition Month®, a time when Americans are encouraged to return to the basics of healthy eating. This year marks the 40th anniversary of National Nutrition Month and the theme is “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day”. This year’s theme helps …

‘FastDiet’ is now available in the US — and it’s another ineffective fad

By Georgia Clark-Albert on March 11, 2013, at 1:29 p.m.
The Fad, I mean “the FastDiet,” written by Dr. Michael Mosley and Mimi Spencer, a food and fashion writer, has been the No. 1 bestseller on the British site since it first debuted for publication in January 2013. The U.S. edition has arrived. Promoted as the guide to “Lose …

Enjoying the health benefits of fish without the guilt

By Georgia Clark-Albert on March 04, 2013, at 1:37 p.m.
Fish is considered an important part of a healthy diet. However, deciding to eat fish these days is controversial. Issues include overfishing, mercury, dioxins and the nutritional value of farm-grown versus wild-caught fish. Kate McLaughlin, seafood program director for the conservation organization Blue Ocean Institute in Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., …