Articles by Georgia Clark-Albert


Iceberg lettuce: Not just water

By Georgia Clark-Albert on Feb. 25, 2013, at 10 a.m.
For years, iceberg lettuce has been left out of the salad bowl having been deemed of having no nutritional value. Iceberg gets passed by for other more power-packed greens such as Romaine lettuce, spinach, red leaf lettuce and the like. Many people, however, prefer the crispness of iceberg, which until …

Juicing vegetables: What’s old is new again

By Georgia Clark-Albert on Feb. 18, 2013, at 12:50 p.m.
Juicing is a delicious and nutritious way to replenish the body’s stores of nutrients. One of the early advocates of juicing in the 20th century was an English researcher and author of the book “Raw Vegetable Juices,” Dr. Norman W. Walker. Walker’s book, published in 1936, introduced the world to …

America’s love: Chinese restaurant food

By Georgia Clark-Albert on Feb. 11, 2013, at 12:50 p.m.
I dislike buffets. The thought of person after person — hand after hand — serving from the buffet line that I’m going to eat from just isn’t appealing to me. I have seen too many people use less than proper buffet etiquette. If I’m spending the money to go out …

Avoiding weight gain when you quit smoking

By Georgia Clark-Albert on Jan. 28, 2013, at 2:16 p.m.
A very common New Year’s Resolution is smoking cessation. Many people who smoke want to quit. It makes sense given that the leading cause of preventable death in the United States is smoking, leading to about 443,000 deaths annually. Recent statistics from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate …

The grapefruit diet revisited

By Georgia Clark-Albert on Jan. 21, 2013, at 11:10 a.m.
If you’ve ever fallen into the “I’ll try anything to lose weight” trap, chances are you’ve tried the grapefruit diet at one time or another. If you’re lucky enough to not be familiar with the Grapefruit Diet, it is believed to have been around since the 1930s. Despite its name, …

Snacking as a way to improve healthy eating habits

By Georgia Clark-Albert on Jan. 07, 2013, at 11:08 a.m.
The high prevalence of overweight people and obesity among the U.S. population has lead researchers to look at the possible associations between specific dietary patterns and weight status. Snacking is one dietary pattern that has been analyzed. Previous research on snacking has indicated that it may contribute to higher caloric …

Should you try the Mediterranean diet?

By Georgia Clark-Albert on Dec. 31, 2012, at 12:15 p.m.
Since I mentioned the Mediterranean diet in my Dec. 17 column about nuts, I have gotten questions about what the diet involves. It is generally believed that people who live in countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea live longer and suffer less from cancer and cardiovascular disease than most Americans. A …

Nuts get the nutrition nod

By Georgia Clark-Albert on Dec. 17, 2012, at 12:17 p.m.
If you’ve perused through the produce section of your local grocery store this holiday season, you’ve probably seen the traditional display of assorted nuts. Studies have shown that cracking open a nut is worth the effort. Nuts are often avoided because of their fat content. Tree nuts, however, contain beneficial …

Consider beef for your holiday dinner

By Georgia Clark-Albert on Dec. 10, 2012, at 1:29 p.m.
Are you considering beef for your holiday meal, but feeling just a bit guilty about it? Chances are that is because you’ve heard mixed messages about nutrition and beef. Myth No. 1: If you have high cholesterol you should not eat red meat A heart-healthy diet can include lean red …

Fig facts: There’s more to this fruit than Newtons

By Georgia Clark-Albert on Dec. 03, 2012, at 11:01 a.m.
For many of us, our first introduction to figs came from eating Fig Newtons. If you’ve never actually seen a fresh fig, this fruit — which is actually a flower inverted into itself — has a smooth outer skin, a soft, chewy interior, and a wonderful sweet flavor that complements …

Helping your teen to nurture a healthy relationship with food

By Georgia Clark-Albert on Nov. 26, 2012, at 4 p.m.
According to the Institute of Medicine, Committee on Prevention of Obesity in Children and Youth, overweight and obese adolescents have an increased risk for physical comorbidities, including Type 2 diabetes and negative psychosocial consequences stemming from the stigma associated with being overweight. Parenting an adolescent in general is a challenge …

Medicare agrees to pick up the tab for obesity counseling

By Georgia Clark-Albert on Nov. 19, 2012, at 11:19 a.m.
A recent landmark decision by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) represents an important first step toward addressing one of the great ironies of American health care. Insurers have been willing to foot the bill for managing the complications of chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, …

Remember, remember fruits and vegetables of November

By Georgia Clark-Albert on Nov. 12, 2012, at 4:07 p.m.
Remember, remember, the 5th of November, or Bonfire Night as it is known in Britain. What’s interesting is that this is one particular celebration or commemorative day that there does not appear to be any particular food associated with, perhaps because it isn’t an American celebration. We celebrate everything with …

Sugar-free products not always the best value

By Georgia Clark-Albert on Nov. 05, 2012, at 11:12 a.m.
The other day I overheard some people planning a pre-Thanksgiving Day pie auction. They were discussing the types of pies to have and someone made the comment that they needed to be sure to have sugar-free pies because people were always looking for things that were sugar-free. From candy to …

Keep candy consumption at reasonable level

By Georgia Clark-Albert on Oct. 29, 2012, at 11:05 a.m.
Halloween is all about dressing up, having fun and getting some candy. Candy isn’t evil. Yes, we have an obesity problem in this country but one night of trick-or-treating is not going to tip the scales one way or another. The real trick to trick-or-treating is learning to monitor and …

Salmon: An omega-3 powerhouse

By Georgia Clark-Albert on Oct. 22, 2012, at 4:48 p.m.
This Friday, Oct. 26, four teams of culinary students from Southern Maine Community College and Washington County Community College will vie for the title of Maine’s first “Cutting Edge Chef.” The contest, called the premier culinary college competition, is part of the many activities of Portland’s Harvest on the Harbor …

All about apples

By Georgia Clark-Albert on Oct. 15, 2012, at 3:15 p.m.
Although we have had a lot of rainy weekends lately, hopefully you’ve found a few dry moments to visit one of Maine’s apple orchards. An apple in itself won’t keep the doctor away, but apples are a welcome part of a healthy diet. They are low in calories and delicious, …

Pizza can be healthy

By Georgia Clark-Albert on Oct. 08, 2012, at 11:04 a.m.
There is a day or month to celebrate just about everything, so why not pizza. Pizza month first began in 1987. Do you have any idea how many slices of pizza the average American eats a year? On average, a person in the U.S. eats about 23 pounds, or 46 …

Eggs healthier than you’ve likely been told

By Georgia Clark-Albert on Oct. 01, 2012, at 1:16 p.m.
As a dietitian, I spend a lot of time defending the egg, trying to reverse the damage that has been done to the egg’s reputation over the past several years. As a health professional I have the opportunity to clarify misconceptions and provide people with evidence-based information and recommendations regarding …

The benefits of family dinner time

By Georgia Clark-Albert on Sept. 24, 2012, at 1:19 p.m.
Busy schedules, both parents working and children involved with after-school activities, sports, dance classes and music lessons all add up to less time to spend together as a family at the dinner table. However, there are many benefits of eating together as a family, so whenever possible I encourage you …