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Dietary Supplements: The Truth About the Pills You’re Popping

My interest in dietary supplements goes way back—to when I was a kid barely into my double digits.

What I remember was secretly saving money to visit the drugstore and buy a supplement—a supplement promising me miraculous weight loss. My mom remembers it differently.

Apparently I first went to her with an ad I saw in some magazine. I’m sure I was seduced by the promising headline of miraculous weight loss. My mom however informed me not to pay attention to it—it was a rip off, a come on, it wouldn’t do anything for me. I didn’t believe her. What did she know?

I didn’t learn my lesson until decades later….with a much leaner wallet, but no leaner body. How much did I have to spend before I learned?

Lots. Continue reading

WARNING: Don’t get scammed by a keto supplement

A few months ago I wrote a post about keto supplements, keto hoax and Shark Tank. (If you’re not familiar with the ketogenic diet or ‘keto,’ read this post.) It broke my heart to see a comment from a woman who fell victim to the scheme. Several people contacted me with similar stories. Sharon gave me permission to tell her story (edited for space)—we hope we can prevent others from something similar happening. Continue reading

Keto Hoax and Shark Tank

NOTE: Read this post if you are not familiar with the ketogenic diet or ‘keto’. And please make sure you read my follow up post about keto with a warning as well as Dietary Supplements: The truth about the pills you’re popping. You will see some experiences of people who would have benefited from knowing… Thanks! -Neily

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My mom sent a link the other day with the message: “Okay, my personal researcher. Ellie’s sister sent me this. Your thoughts?”

I’m glad I’m her ‘go-to’ person for all thing’s nutrition.

Years ago mom sent an email almost every week. An acquaintance would forward her something with the message, “I wonder if your daughter knows about this. She is studying nutrition, right?” or “Monet, if your daughter doesn’t know about this, she should.”

Sure, I was in grad school and learning but enjoyed investigating. Mom’s emails decreased over time because she got smart and did some researching on her own.

So, her recent inquiry caught me off guard. Continue reading

Vitamin D – Your level is low, now what?

This is the last of a 4-part series on vitamin D.

Todd Whitthorne (former executive at Cooper Aerobics Enterprises) and I had a chat about vitamin D a while ago. In part 1 we talked about why vitamin D was (and is!) such a hot topic. Todd also told me how we know animals need it too! In part 2 Todd answered the question Do you need to supplement? and how do you know if you’re low?

In part 3 our discussion revolved around the many health implications of vitamin D and in this final video we talked about knowing if you’re low and what to do.

 

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Vitamin D – What are the health implications?

Todd Whitthorne (former executive at Cooper Aerobics Enterprises) and I had a chat about vitamin D a few years ago. We made a series of 4 videos. In part 1 we talked about why vitamin D was (and is!) such a hot topic. Todd also told me how we know animals need it too! In part 2 Todd answered the question Do you need to supplement? and how do you know if you’re low?

In part 3 we’re talking about the health implications of low vitamin D and in part 4 we discussed what to do if you’re low. Continue reading

Krill oil for omega 3s? Is it worth the money?

English: A Northern krill (Meganyctiphanes norvegica). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Confused about krill oil? Is it worth the money?

Dietetic intern Charlotte Collins and I spent time talking about omega-3s in a series of three videos.

The first video was what to look for in a supplement, the second video speaks to the vegans and vegetarians on what options to pursue. This last video is a discussion of krill oil. Is it worth it? To view the video or click here.

(Something to think about: WHERE are you getting nutrition information? I have absolutely no vested interest in any omega 3 supplement—personally I’d rather you eat fatty fish. But many that tout the benefits of certain supplements—like krill oil—often are suppliers or have a financial tie. So always, consider the source.) Continue reading

BEST source of omega 3 for a vegetarian/vegan

algas (Photo credit: como_un_pez_en_el_agua)

Omega 3s and vegetarians: What plant source is as good as fish?

Dietetic intern Charlotte Collins and I spent time talking about omega 3s in a series of three videos.

This first video was about what to look for in a supplement, this video speaks to the vegans and vegetarians on what options to pursue. And lastly we’ll discuss krill oil. Is it worth it? To view the video or click here. Continue reading

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