Older Not Old -- Warding Off a Broken Heart

No, this post is not about romance or about secrets of a lasting marriage! But with Valentine’s Day and Heart Health Month just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to think about hearts in general and my heart in particular. Nearly every late relative on my dad’s side of the family had heart disease

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Older Not Old -- Looking Past the Promise

Marketers love my mom. They phone, send her snail mail, populate her inbox, and come at her with more and more promises, thinking eventually she may say yes. Like my mom, many older adults are the targets of scammers trying to sell hope. Maybe in that way older adults are similar to people trying to

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Older Not Old -- Hungry Not Hungry

If you’ve met my mom, you know that she’s a wisp of a person, not someone I’d take with me if I was a tornado chaser. I visited her a few weeks ago on my way home from a Dannon Institute Nutrition Leadership Institute meet-up at the Experimental Biology meeting and was tipped off by

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Older Not Old -- Fussing about Fiber

The new Dietary Guidelines for Americans came out a few months ago with new strategies for sounding the alarm on the American diet. As called out in previous guidelines, we continue to eat too much of some foods and not enough of others. With too few vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes (beans) in

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Story Behind the Story -- Alfonso Cano

In the course of my work as a food and nutrition journalist, I interview dozens of interesting people with stories that go far beyond what I can capture in short quote. So I am bringing them to life on my blog, where I give them a chance to talk about themselves, their heritage, and their

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Humming About Hummus

Wow, not that many years ago, most people hadn’t heard of hummus, let alone ever tried it. Thanks to companies like Sabra, Tribe, and Athenos, hummus has become ubiquitous in the supermarket. In fact, an article in the Wall Street Journal on April 29, 2013 says that the growing popularity of hummus is creating a

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What’s Bean Going On in Snacks?

As a co-author of Bean Briefs, a twice-yearly summary of research on beans, I keep an eye on what’s going on in the world of beans. So I was pretty excited to see and taste lots of new snacks made with beans at Expo West. Some of these likely were introduced as part of the

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Power of Protein

Protein is king in the eyes of the American shopper. A March 27, 2013 article in the Wall Street Journal explains why: dieters think it fills them up, athletes turn to protein for muscle building and endurance, and parents push protein to keep kids going during the long school day. Does it really work? Science

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