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Your Nutrition Questions Answered

I've received plenty of questions about basic nutrition over the years, so here's my landing page for my section on questions and my answers.

If you have any questions you'd like to see answered here, send them my way: Nutrition Question Submission Form, I can't answer all the questions I receive, but I'll do my best.

How Many Calories in Kabocha Squash
Christine asks, "How many calories are there in kabocha squash as well as carbs and nutritional value of both the skin and the squash." Read my answer.

Are Meal Replacements Good Alternatives for People Who Don't Cook?
Mik asks, "Do you have any recommendation for people who don´t really like to cook or don´t have time for it? Are meal replacement alternatives good?" Read my answer.

Do Calcium Supplements Interfere with Medications?
Renee asks, "Calcium tablets.....I heard they interfere with some medication, and I should take calcium two hours before taking other meds...is that true? Read my answer.

What Happens When I Eat Trans Fat?
ZZ asks, "What happens to trans fat when ingested?  Does the body turn it into something? Or it simply accumulates? Does it ever get eliminated from the body?

What Are Processed Foods?
Processed foods have been altered from their natural state so they'e more convenient to eat, taste better, or last longer in storage. Not all of them are bad -- learn more about processed foods.

How Do I Find the Nutritional Value of Foods?
All foods have different nutritional values for proteins, fats, carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins and minerals. I'll teach you how to search for the nutritional value of foods.

What's the Difference Between a Dietitian and a Nutritionist?
Nutritionists and dietitians are both health professionals who can help you design a healthy diet and pick out the right dietary supplements if you need them. Learn more.

What are Antioxidants Good For?
Learn more about antioxidants and how they protect the cells in your body from damage due to free-radicals. You'll find antioxidants in many of the foods you eat, or you can take them as dietary supplements.

What Does Energy-Dense Mean?
It's the amount of energy in a give weight of food. Understanding how it works will help you manage your weight.

What are Essential Nutrients?
Essential nutrients need to come from the foods you eat because your body can't make them. Learn more about essential nutrients and where to find them.

Can Sucralose Cause Stomach Fat?
Curious asks, "Can Splenda packets cause stomach fat?" Read my answer.

Is There a Healthy Way to Increase Sodium?
Vicky asks, "I've been food logging and noticed my salt intake is very low. I experience times of unexplained tiredness and wondered if it could be due to this. I also work out a lot. Is there a healthy option for me to up my salt intake?" Read my answer.

Are Cranberries Useless for Urinary Problems?
Joe asks, "My family doctor says cranberries are useless in helping with urinary problems, Do you agree?" Read my answer.

What is the Daily Value for Vitamin D on a Food Label?
Joseph asks, "What suggested is the amount of vitamin D daily value percentages on food labels refer to, since there are so many (400, 800 and 1200 IUs)?" Read my answer.


ZZ asks, "I have read in multiple places that cooked vegetables left over night in the fridge may have elevated amount of nitrites and nitrates and may be harmful. Do you know if it's safe to regularly consume leftover cooked vegetables? I really hope what I read is not true as I routinely eat leftovers for lunch and thought my own cooking is a healthier option than restaurant lunch food. Thanks you for all your informative posts!" Read my answer.

How Long Will Almonds Last in the Pantry or Freezer?
Jean asks, "I have almonds in my pantry and freezer, and need to know at what point are they considered unsafe to eat or use in a recipe? I've been told they become poisonous if frozen or if kept too long in the pantry. My son is a heart patient and I try to keep them rotated. Read my answer.

Enriched and Fortified Foods -- What's the Difference?
Replacing lost nutrients is called enriching and adding nutrients that aren't naturally there is called fortification.

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