Ask the Dietitians

Should I Be Worried About Mercury at Seafood Restaurants?

By Mary Parsons, MS, RD Mercury enters the ocean ecosystem from both industrial pollution and naturally-occurring ore deposits, and it can accumulate in fish to levels that can be potentially harmful to humans. Mercury contamination in seafood is a risk, but with a little knowledge and attention, the risk is manageable. The high-quality protein and healthy …

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Calories, Macros and BMI Don’t Count. Here are the Numbers that Really Matter

Courtesy of The Washington Post I was curious about which numbers my fellow dietitians consider the most important. I sought feedback from 20 experts who work in either hospitals or private practice. Here are the data that have the most clinical importance, and the ones they tell their patients to ignore. The numbers that matter …

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What Are the Best Choices at a Tapas Restaurant?

Question: I am eating out with friends at a tapas restaurant.  What do you recommend I order? These small bites originated in Spain, where meals are thoroughly savored and enjoyed, and restaurants and bars specializing in these delicacies have become common across the United States. Tapas restaurants are all about smaller portion size and sharing. Instead …

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Why Are Many Restaurant Menu Choices High in Sodium?

Question: I’ve been advised to limit my sodium intake, and I now always check restaurant nutrition information before ordering.  Why are so many restaurant menu choices high in sodium? You pose a great question, as many people are paying closer attention to nutrition labels both in the grocery store and at restaurants. Salt — the biggest …

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