Sugar Cravings in Ramadan EXPLAINED

Assalamualikum, peace be upon you all, and hello friends, Have you ever experienced that deep sweet craving in Ramadan? Chances are, you answered yes to this question because you are human! So, what is it with these cravings? Are you addicted to sugar? Should we give into them? Should we ignore them? I know these […]

[GUIDE] Fad Diet Breakdown – Paleo Diet

QUESTION: What’s the deal with the Paleo diet? Is it all the rage or just another fad? ANSWER: That’s an excellent question, friends! When it comes to assessing a diet or fad you have to look at a few things: what is it, how restrictive is it, is it sustainable, is it evidenced based? The following […]

[TRIVIA] Boiling VS. Simmering

A pot of pasta boiling on a stove.

Trivia Question: What is the difference between a boil and a simmer? Answer: Simply a simmer is at a lower temperature than a boil. But check out below for more details. A boil, also called a rolling boil, is when the liquid reaches a temperature where it bubbles and starts to vaporize. The liquid is […]

[TRIVIA] Most Common Vitamin Deficiency in the US

Trivia Question: What is the most common vitamin deficiency in the US? Answer: If you guessed Vitamin D…you’re wrong! According to the Center for Disease Control’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (CDC/NHANES for short), Vitamin B6 deficiency was the most common deficiency seen in the samples collected between 1999 and 2006! That being said Vitamin […]

[GUEST BLOGGER] What is Vitamin B17 and is it safe?

Apricots and a cutting board

What is vitamin B17? First things first, vitamin B17 isn’t actually a vitamin according to the Committee on Nomenclature of the American Institute of Nutrition, and there is no evidence to support that this substance is needed by the body. Second, you will also see vitamin B17, amygdalin, and Laetrile used interchangeably, but these are not […]

[GUIDE] Guide to MonoSodium Glutamate (MSG)

Cutting board with maggi boullion cubes and vegetable stock packets

You’ve probably heard of MSG. It was a very hot topic a few years ago but that seems to have died down a bit. That being said – people are still confused! What IS MSG? Is it harmful? Should we avoid it? Never fear – Dua the Dietitian is here! We’re going to dive right […]

[GUEST BLOGGER] Activated Charcoal: Benefits and Harms

Three photos of activated charcoal in food.

Thanks to guest blogger and fellow dietitian, Sarah Gatien, for the informative blog post! You can follow her on Instagram: @sa.rah.rah “Fad: An intense and widely shared enthusiasm for something, especially one that is short-lived and without basis in the object’s qualities; a craze1″ – Oxford Dictionaries You’ll know it when you see it: Black […]

[GUIDE] Shifting to Nutrient Dense Foods

Shifting to nutrient dense foods means moving towards incorporating more foods that are nutrient dense. This is the recommendation of the USDA 2015 Dietary Guidelines: “Choose nutrient dense foods and beverages across and within all food groups.” But what are nutrient dense foods? The nutrient density of a food is determined by the nutrients it provides compared […]

[Guide] How to Assess Nutrition Claims for Accuracy?

Pan with olive oil ready for cooking

“Cures all bloating, nausea, headaches, fatigue, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, liver cirrhosis, and death” Have you ever seen such claims? Ok, this one might be slightly exaggerated but I’m sure you’ve seen countless nutrition claims. This food is a cure all, that food is the cause of death, this multivitamin will allow you to see […]

WEBINAR ALERT! Water & Hydration 101

Flyer for Water & Hydration Webinar

Hello all! Join me on Wed at 6pm CST for a webinar on Water & Hydration 101. I’ve been focusing on water intake this month and thought to finish off the month with a bang! I’ll be going live on my FB Page (so make sure to like it, NOW!) on Wed. evening to discuss […]