nutrition washing

Jessica Penner, RDNutrition, Smarten Up1 Comment

I remember the first time I came across multigrain tortilla chips. It was the summer after my first year of university, back in the dark days before I was formally educated in nutrition. I was lounging on the dock at my friend’s cabin when she pulled out a bag of these new-fangled chips and cracked it open.  It was incredibly satisfying to snack on them. It’s not as if we were eating regular chips. These were healthy chips. They were multigrain for goodness’ sake! I probably ate a few more chips than I normally would for good measure. It wasn’t … Read More

Your Healthy is not My Healthy

Jessica Penner, RDNutritionLeave a Comment

Working in the nutrition field, people often ask me whether this food or that food is healthy.  Someone will say… “I don’t understand why I get sick all the time…. I eat so healthy.” If someone asked you whether carrots are good for you, what would you answer? Most people would say yes, it is a healthy choice. What if you knew someone who ate ONLY  carrots? Would you still think that this was a healthy choice? It’s an extreme example, but healthy is a relative term. If you only ate carrots, you’d get a ton of vitamin A but … Read More

the power of chia

Jessica Penner, RDNutrition, Smarten Up11 Comments

I recently received this question via email: A week ago I started eating chia seeds because I had seen it in a news article on the top 10 super foods. When I read up on it I can’t help but wonder why everyone in the world is not eating it. What do you know about it? Is it as good as this article says it is? On the scale of optimistic to pessimistic I am usually faulted for being overly optimistic but I have to admit that my pessimistic side clambers to attention when I see a media article on … Read More