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Monica Reinagel, MS, LDN, CNS
Monica Reinagel is a board-certified, licensed nutritionist and a professionally-trained chef. She’s the host of the #1-ranked Nutrition Diva podcast on the Quick and Dirty Tips network and the author of “Nutrition Diva's Secrets for A Healthy Diet.” Monica is available as a keynote speaker through Macmillan Speaker's Bureau.

Entries by Monica Reinagel, MS, LDN, CNS

Should You Drink Milk Made By Coca-Cola?

(3) Comments | Posted March 25, 2015 | 6:05 PM

Fairlife is the brand name for a new product from Coca-Cola that many are calling "designer milk." It looks and tastes (more or less) like regular milk but if you look at the nutrition facts panel, you'll see a very different picture: Compared with regular milk, Fairlife ultra-filtered...

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Can These Foods Burn Belly Fat?

(2) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 8:57 AM

"Five foods that will flatten your tummy!" This headline can be counted on to sell magazines and get plenty of clicks. But is there any science behind these so-called fat-burning foods?

Well, yes and no. Certain food and lifestyle choices can help you reduce fat around your middle. (And at...

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A Nutritionist's Guide to National Junk Food Day

(6) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 4:38 PM

Yes, there really is something called National Junk Food Day and it's coming up on Monday, July 21st.

What's next? Drink More Soda Day? Enjoy A Cigarette Day? Drive Without Seatbelts Day?

Perhaps it's better to simply ignore these things. But as long as we're going to be subjected...

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4 Ways to Instill Healthy Eating Habits in Kids

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 1:02 PM

Kids are notoriously finicky, but it's not entirely their fault. We humans are naturally inclined to dislike unfamiliar flavors. Imagine for a moment that you have to forage for food in the wild rather than at the Safeway. If you've eaten it before and lived to tell the tale, chances...

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Why I'm Not Worried About Yoga Mat Chemicals in My Food

(83) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 4:16 PM

As you've probably heard, Subway, Starbucks, and other national fast food chains are scrambling to remove a chemical called azodicarbonamide from their foods following a consumer protest.

The online petition that started all this was launched by a blogger who makes a living writing and speaking about...

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Super Bowl Survival: Throw an Awesome (But Healthy) Bash

(4) Comments | Posted February 1, 2013 | 5:45 PM

The Super Bowl is coming up this weekend and if you're hosting a shindig, I'm sure you want to serve up a fantastic feast for the fans. Of course, typical football fare -- nachos, burgers, pizza, chicken wings -- isn't exactly known for being nutritious or wholesome. But there's no...

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Aspartame and Cancer: An Update

(46) Comments | Posted December 26, 2012 | 7:48 AM

People often ask my opinion about diet sodas. Many see them as a harmless substitute for sugar-sweetened beverages. Others are deeply distrustful of the artificial sweeteners they contain -- and there are plenty of scary rumors circulating on the Internet to bolster these suspicions. Although I've discussed the

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An Easy Trick to Make Dieting Easier

(5) Comments | Posted November 21, 2012 | 7:00 PM

There's an old song from the 1940s that says that if you want to be happy, "You got to ac-cent-tchu-ate the positive!" I think that this is also really good advice for those of us who are trying to improve our diet and eating habits.

A lot of the dietary...

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An Open Letter to My Health Insurance Company

(1) Comments | Posted November 19, 2012 | 11:00 AM

Dear CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield,

I just received your letter, announcing the 20 percent hike in my health insurance premiums, due no doubt to rising health care costs. And I understand how insurance works: The healthy pay for more than they use to subsidize those who need more than...

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Watching Your Weight? Beware the Dangers of Unplanned Eating

(14) Comments | Posted November 13, 2012 | 7:00 PM

It's 2 p.m. right now, and I have no idea what I'm having for dinner tonight. But I am planning to eat dinner. And I know that I'll be making something using some of the vegetables I picked up at the farmer's market this weekend. That's not unplanned eating. On...

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Can 'Negative-Calorie' Foods Help You Lose Weight?

(15) Comments | Posted November 6, 2012 | 7:38 AM

Well, yes and no. Digesting food burns calories. And it's true that a few foods, such as grapefruit and celery, contain fewer calories than it takes to digest them. So, when you eat these foods, you actually burn more calories than you take in. Thus, the term "negative-calorie foods."


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Does the Ratio of Omega-3 to Omega-6 Matter?

(2) Comments | Posted July 16, 2012 | 11:22 AM

For the last 40 years or so, we've been hearing that saturated fats (which are found in meat, butter, full-fat dairy, and certain tropical oils) are "artery-clogging," and that we should limit our intake of these fats to reduce our risk of heart disease. Over the last decade, however, there's...

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Carbs and Weight Gain

(66) Comments | Posted July 16, 2012 | 8:25 AM

There's been a lot of buzz recently about a new study that punched a few new holes in the already-tattered notion that weight gain and loss is simply a matter of "calories in vs. calories out."

What Did the Study Find?

One big challenge with losing weight...

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Are Environmental Chemicals Making Us Fat?

(1) Comments | Posted April 6, 2012 | 4:06 PM

A small but growing number of researchers believe that environmental pollutants and industrial chemicals are to blame for the obesity epidemic. This, of course, bucks the conventional wisdom that our increasing girth is simply the result of eating too much and exercising too little. For those who have...

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How to Break Through a Weight Loss Plateau

(8) Comments | Posted March 16, 2012 | 1:01 PM

As anyone who has ever lost a lot of weight (like 20 pounds or more) will tell you, the first five come off easily and the last five are the toughest! You're still doing all the right things -- eating less and moving more -- but all of a sudden...

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Biggest Nutrition Traps, Part 3: Mean vs. Extremes

(1) Comments | Posted February 6, 2012 | 11:05 AM

In the final installment of this three-part series on the most common mistakes even health-conscious people make with their diets, I want to talk about focusing on the average (or mean) rather than the extremes in your diet.

See also:

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Biggest Nutrition Traps, Part 2: Quality vs. Quantity

(6) Comments | Posted February 1, 2012 | 2:48 PM

In my last post, I talked about the all-important difference between natural and healthy. People often make the mistake of thinking that something is good for you just because it's all-natural or organic. Today, I want to focus on a different nutritional blind-spot: quality vs. quantity. Even when a food...

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Biggest Nutrition Traps, Part 1: Healthy vs. Natural

(2) Comments | Posted January 29, 2012 | 10:04 AM

Most of my readers are pretty savvy about nutrition. They stay on top of the latest developments and think carefully about their food choices. But over the years, I've noticed a few traps that even health-conscious people often fall into. One of the most common mistakes is to assume that...

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Paula Deen Wastes Her Teachable Moment

(12) Comments | Posted January 25, 2012 | 1:55 PM

When the news of Paula Deen's Type 2 Diabetes diagnosis first broke, I was hopeful that it might provide a "teachable moment" for the millions of fans who cherish Paula and relish her over-the-top brand of culinary naughtiness. I mean, this is the women who thought up the...

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Weight Loss Doesn't Have to Be a Losing Battle

(15) Comments | Posted January 19, 2012 | 2:11 PM

Tara Parker-Pope's recent piece in the New York Times Magazine ("The Fat Trap") has unleashed a firestorm of reaction. "Science is uncovering a painful truth about obesity," she writes, "that in the battle to lose weight and keep it off, our bodies are fighting against us." Central to...

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