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Sanna Delmonico, MS, RDN, CHE

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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January 18, 2017

Question: Do safflower oil supplements help with weight loss? I have heard they are especially good for reducing belly fat.
Answer: The safflower oil and weight loss story is a great example of what can happen when one small study gets more media attention than it really deserves. The study you’re thinking of, which was covered all over the media and the internet, looked at the effects of safflower oil as well as conjugated linoleic acid (found in animal fats) on body composition and concluded that supplementation may be helpful for weight loss (Norris 2009).

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December 14, 2016

Question: A lot of people are talking about alkaline water. Does it help with all the things I have heard, like preventing cancer?

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October 20, 2016

Question: I just discovered roasted walnut oil and love it in salad dressing. How does it compare with olive oil?

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The Protein Shift: Plant-Based Options

October 14, 2016

Every day, you hear people talk about protein: "I've got to have some protein at lunch," "I didn't eat enough protein today" and "Do you want to add protein to that bowl/burrito/salad/wrap?"

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September 29, 2016

Question: Are purple and red carrots, purple cauliflower and other colorful varieties of vegetables nutritionally the same as the regular vegetables?
Answer: I was recently served a salad of thinly shaved ribbons of purple, red, orange and yellow carrots. It was beautiful, unique and delicious. I’m glad to see these colorful vegetables become more widely available, because it makes cooking and eating that much more interesting. Nutritionally, colorful varieties are both similar and different to the more usual options.

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Ask the RD: Is Millet Nutritious?

August 18, 2016

Question: Is millet as nutritious a grain as quinoa? Can I cook it the same way?
Answer: Millet is an “ancient grain” that is increasing in popularity owing to its nutty flavor, chewy texture and good nutrition. While quinoa is very familiar to Americans and seen everywhere from trendy bowls in fast-casual restaurants to pancakes made by home cooks, millet is just being discovered. Actually, most of us do know millet, at least by sight. It is the small, round, yellow grain found in your backyard bird seed.

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Ask the RD: Is Raw Milk Nutritious and Safe?

June 21, 2016

Question: What’s your take on raw milk? Is it more nutritious than pasteurized milk? Is it safe?
Answer: In choosing to emphasize whole foods and unprocessed foods (both worthwhile endeavors), some people have embraced the idea that raw, unpasteurized milk is preferable to pasteurized milk. However, you have asked the most important question: Is raw milk safe? In the case of milk, safety should be your biggest consideration.

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March 16, 2016

Question: I know what sugar is, and what alcohol is, but what are “sugar alcohols”?

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