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Manuel Villacorta
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A nationally recognized, award-winning registered dietitian with more than 16 years of experience as a nutritionist, Manuel Villacorta, M.S., R.D., is a respected and trusted voice in the health and wellness industry. He is the founder of Eating Free, an international weight management and wellness program, and one of the leading weight loss and nutrition experts in the country. He is the author of Eating Free: The Carb-Friendly Way to Lose Inches, Embrace Your Hunger, and Keep the Weight off for Good (HCI, May 2012) and Peruvian Power Foods: 18 Superfoods, 101 Recipes, and Anti-aging Secrets from the Amazon to the Andes (HCI, October 2013).

Manuel served as a national media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (2010-2013), Manuel is the owner of San Francisco-based private practice, MV Nutrition and the recipient of five ‘‘Best Bay Area Nutritionist’’ awards from the San Francisco Chronicle, ABC7 and Citysearch.

His warm, approachable style and his bilingual proficiency in English and Spanish have made him an in-demand health and nutrition expert on local and national television and radio channels, as well as in articles appearing in print publications and online. Manuel is a compelling, charismatic speaker.


Born and raised in Peru, Manuel makes his home in San Francisco. He earned his bachelor of science in nutrition and physiology metabolism from the University of California, Berkeley, and his master of science in nutrition and food science from San Jose State University. He has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards for his research and contributions to the field of dietetics.

Entries by Manuel Villacorta

For the Love of Your Heart Eat These 4 Foods

(2) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 11:59 AM

Valentine's Day, a day of love and romance, is thought to be named after the patron Saint Valentine. While there are many stories about Saint Valentine, revealing him as a romantic and heroic figure, my favorite involves the notion of exchanging "valentines." This legend suggests that upon his...

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5 Common Diet Mistakes to Avoid

(5) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 1:37 PM

It's the new year, and we are still in January, so I know many of you are continuing to work towards your resolutions. I'd like to help you get off on the right foot by telling you about five common diet mistakes that can be a huge barrier to weight...

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The 7 Hottest Anti-Aging Superfoods to Eat in 2014

(14) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 7:35 AM

Aging is a natural process, but of course we intervene in it all the time, for better or worse. Medicine is now capable of keeping us alive longer than ever before, but we undo many of those benefits by eating badly. Just as poor nutrition can contribute to disease and...

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Did You Know That Healthy Oils Don't Stop With Olive?

(5) Comments | Posted December 17, 2013 | 10:54 AM

For years, we've all accepted the common logic that olive oil is a healthier choice than other oils. But for many of us, that's been the extent of our exploration of and education about oil. The fact is, there are a number of beneficial oils we can use for cooking...

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Peruvian Superfoods: The Most Powerful Powders on the Planet

(7) Comments | Posted September 10, 2013 | 11:17 AM

Lately, Peru is having a culinary moment. Chefs are heralding the cuisine with the enthusiasm they once reserved for France. Peruvian restaurants are popping up in major cities everywhere. On his "Parts Unknown" program, Anthony Bourdain dubbed Peru's cuisine one of the most underrated in the world. The United Nations...

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3 Elements to Spice Up Your Relationship With Your Kitchen

(17) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 7:59 AM

Nutrition can be a political fight, but there is one area where everyone agrees -- vegan, Mediterranean, even Paleo -- is on the importance of the kitchen. Your relationship with your kitchen is as important as any other relationship in your life, and like all relationships it takes a little...

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3 Easy Steps to Avoid Weight Gain During This Tax Season

(4) Comments | Posted April 11, 2013 | 8:15 AM

Tax season is stressful for everyone. It takes a particularly physical toll on those who prepare taxes, whether business owners or accountants. I want especially to talk today to people in fields impacted by tax season. Because if that's you, you're under a lot of stress right now. And that...

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Add Purple for Your Health

(5) Comments | Posted March 18, 2013 | 8:47 AM

March is national nutrition month, and today I am going to focus on a few foods that provide great health benefits. When it comes to the foods you consume, I am sure you have heard to eat the rainbow, and you should take this advice. Due to pigmentation, many foods...

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5 Key Strategies for Successful Weight Loss and Beyond

(14) Comments | Posted January 7, 2013 | 7:30 AM

It's the new year, and that means resolutions. If yours involves making a change in your diet with weight loss as a goal, you are facing a dizzying array of information out there. There is a great deal of evidence about what practices help weight loss, much of it contradictory....

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Queque de plátano con puré de manzana y agave

(0) Comments | Posted November 16, 2012 | 8:32 AM

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Para el día de Acción de Gracias prepara este queque de plátano que es uno de mis queques favoritos. Al sustituir el azúcar por miel de agave y el aceite por puré de manzana, vas a poder disfrutar un queque con menos grasa y...

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Applesauce Agave Banana Bread

(1) Comments | Posted November 15, 2012 | 5:08 PM

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Banana bread is a traditional favorite, and I love to bake it during the holidays. By substituting agave nectar for sugar and applesauce for oil, you can enjoy this sweet treat with less sugar, less fat -- and no guilt. And of course even...

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Prepara patatas fritas con alimentos de Otoño

(0) Comments | Posted November 2, 2012 | 9:39 AM

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¿Tú crees que unas crujientes patatas fritas puedan ser parte de una dieta saludable? Por supuesto que si!

Hay alimentos en este otoño que deben estar incluidos en tu cocina y en forma de unas deliciosas patatas. Estas patatas fritas son preparadas con alimentos...

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Chip Your Way to Healthy Fall Foods

(3) Comments | Posted October 25, 2012 | 8:11 AM

Think nice, crispy chips can't be part of a healthy diet? Think again! The crispness of fall is in the air, and it should be in your food, too, in the form of delicious chips made from seasonal, locally-grown foods. Here are a few fall staples that have amazing health...

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La verdad sobre las 'comidas' nutricionales de moda

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2012 | 10:00 AM

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El otro día estaba en el supermercado y vi algo que me hizo hacer pensar: Había una mesa de muchachos vendiendo barras nutricionales de "energía". Estas barras fueron preparadas sin ingredientes de lácteos, sin gluten, orgánicas y le llamaban barras naturales - Estas barras tenían todas...

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5 Superfoods of the Ancient Incas, and Why You Should Try Them Now

(39) Comments | Posted September 22, 2012 | 9:56 AM

Before Europeans ever came to the new world, the Incas ruled a great empire in Latin America. They were fueled by a few incredible superfoods, native to South America, that gave them strength, endurance, and vitality. Many of these foods have recently become widely available in North...

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For Men, It's More Waist Management Than Weight Management

(3) Comments | Posted July 26, 2012 | 5:04 PM

In my practice I work with many male clients, and certainly many of the people who want to take control of their weight these days are men. But when I walk around the city, or take a look around at the airport, I notice that most of the overweight men...

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Emotional Eating, or Is It Really Just Poor Nutrition?

(15) Comments | Posted May 24, 2012 | 11:54 AM

I understand that some people truly deal with emotional eating, but lately with the hype about low- or no-carb diets, I am encountering more and more people coming to see me with complaints of experiencing fatigue along with intense carb cravings. Here's a situation I see all the time: A...

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For the Best Breakfasts, Look to Our Neighbors

(6) Comments | Posted April 27, 2012 | 7:55 AM

I've helped more than 2,000 clients in the San Francisco Bay area, and one thing I tell them all is the importance of breakfast. From speeding up your metabolism to regulating your mood, breakfast is key. I find that more and more people now know that they should eat breakfast...

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The Nutrition Month Challenge: Get Acquainted With Your Kitchen

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2012 | 6:39 PM

March is Nutrition Month, and you might think that means I'm going to talk about what you should eat. But instead of talking about what we eat, I want to talk about how we eat it. In the late 1970s, just 18 percent of an average individual's daily...

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Should Everyone Avoid Gluten for Good Health?

(8) Comments | Posted February 8, 2012 | 11:41 AM

Lately, everyone is asking me to weigh in on gluten. So many people in recent years have been completely eliminating this protein, which is found in wheat and grains, from their diet. And while for some people this is important to good health, most of us can be more moderate....

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