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September 16, 2011

Ask a nutrition question and win a book

Each week for about a year, the nutritionists from University of Maryland Medical Center provide a guest post on a different food topic. Now they want to hear from you.

Do you have any questions you would like addressed in a future post? Wondering about the different sugar substitutes? The best diet apps? Becoming vegan? Ask your question in the comments and I'll share with the nutritionists.

As an incentive, those who comment can be entered to win the "pocket posh complete calorie counter," which covers thousands of foods in grocery stores and restaurants.
Posted by Kim Walker at 12:06 PM | | Comments (15)
Categories: Nutrition


My 4-year-old eats very little meat, poultry, or fish. He does like eggs, nuts, yogurt and cheese. Will these foods provide sufficient protein for him as he grows? How much of these foods should he be eating? Do I need to add something new to his diet?

what is a good balance of using granola bars and fruits to snack or does it not exist at all?

I've always tried to remove as much dairy as possible from my diet, and have been fairly successful. My two smoothies a day constitute the majority of my daily calories, and my question regards what milk substitutes to use. I used to use soy milk, but the estrogen warnings scared me away. Now, I use almond milk, and I'm worried about the high fat content. What do you think is the best liquid to use in my smooothies? I'm trying to go all the way to vegan this year, wish me luck!

I take Prilosec to stop stomach acid. I'm also a vegan but take B12 tablets. So how can I absorb vitamin B12, which needs acid to activate the intrinsic factor necessary to absorb B12?

My nephew's daughter is volunteering one year at Mission Year in Altanta, GA

How can she properly feed herself on $17.00 a week!!!!

Along with cutting coupons and buying store brand, I will appreciate any other suggestions.

Thanks in advance for your help.

Is it possible to be on a low salt (sodium) diet and have dinner in a restaurant? Ethnic restaurants such as Chinese or indian? Any tips or hints? Are those of us on a low salt (sodium) diet a very tiny minority or a bigger minority?

I have Crohn's Disease and am taking an anti-TNF. What would you suggest to be the absolute best natural foods for prevention and warding off infections?

what kind of food i have to take to remove my dark circles

What are the top 20 best foods a person can eat? I would like to see all of the food groups in the list, if possible!


Sugar... How does one effectively cut sugar out? Unless you're eating no prepared foods at all, it's difficult.

@Ron-I almost fainted when my Dr told me what my BP was yesterday (HUGE drop) so my low sodium diet has been working. It's hard to eat out healthy so I make up with plenty of fruits/veggies when I cheat eating out! hahahaha I read the sodium count on EVERYTHING now.

I have been trying to lose weight, but I have a very hard time digesting hard raw vegetables such as broccoli and carrots. What are some other low calorie, healthy snacks that I could eat that won't cause me discomfort? You can only eat so much fruit and I try to stay away from too many granola bars, 100-calorie packs, etc.

I enjoy using my juicer and dehydrator - but when I do, am I losing nutrients in the process?

How many servings of soy products (tofu, Edamame, soy milk, etc.) per week are too many for an active, fit adult male? I'm 41, 6'2", 192 lbs and am trying to add some muscle mass with weightlifting. I'm trying to increase my protein intake while keeping my consumption of meat relatively low (for ethical reasons). I consume a fair amount of low-fat dairy and beans-and-grains combinations and fish. I also use a whey-protein supplement powder. It seems that soy-based products are a relatively inexpensive way to get more protein in my diet but I know that soy products contain phytoestrogens which can be a concern for some females with certain conditions. I am not sure if soy consumption is a concern for adult males. I currently consume about a pound of tofu per week.

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