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Sanna Delmonico, MS, RDS, CHES

Sanna is an instructor at The Culinary Institute of America in the Napa Valley, where she teaches food safety, gastronomy and nutrition to culinary students and chefs.

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Ask the RD: What Are Ancient Grains?

August 20, 2019

Question
What are ancient grains, and why are they “ancient”? Are they more nutritious than regular grains?

Answer

Ancient grains have not been hybridized or modified in hundreds of years. Farro, spelt, emmer, einkorn and khorasan, for example, are varieties of wheat that have remained unchanged from ancient times.

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Ask The RD: E. coli and Lettuce?

February 12, 2019

QUESTION: I keep hearing about people getting E. coli from lettuce. I thought E. coli came from beef. Can you explain what E. coli is and why lettuce is a problem?

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January 15, 2019

QUESTION: Now that I have results from my DNA test, can I use them to figure out which weight loss diet would work best for me?

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Ask the RD: Are sugar alternatives healthier?

December 7, 2018

QUESTION: I know white sugar isn’t good for me, but what about other sugars? Are alternative sugars like honey and agave syrup any healthier?

ANSWER: Too much added sugar is linked to increased risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease, which is why the American Heart Association recommends no more than 25 grams (about 6 teaspoons) of added sugar per day for women and 38 g (9 teaspoons) per day for men (AHA 2018).

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October 11, 2018

QUESTION: What are lectins, and why are people saying they are so harmful to health? Should I really give up eating beans?

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September 19, 2018

Question: I have a sensitivity or allergy to tomatoes. My mouth and esophagus get itchy and sore when I eat them. Is there any way to make tomatoes less irritating? Is there a good substitute for tomatoes in recipes?
Answer: You may suffer from oral allergy syndrome (OAS), a relatively common reaction to plant foods, including tomatoes. People who have pollen allergies are more likely to have OAS (Asero 2013) because they react to similar proteins in vegetables, fruits and/or nuts.

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August 14, 2018

Question: I cook for the week on Sunday. I might bake a chicken, make a big batch of quinoa and steam vegetables so I can make lunch and dinner quickly during the week. But I find I am eating the exact same foods every day. Is this okay for overall nutrition? Could I be missing nutrients?

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April 18, 2018

Question: I bought tahini to make hummus, and now I have most of the jar left. Are tahini and sesame seeds nutritious, and what else can I use them for?

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