Sanna Delmonico, MS, RDN, CHE
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).
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.
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.
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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