Ask the Nutritionist

Looking for past Ask the Nutritionist posts? Find them all right here!


Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Shopping for Cereal

Marathon Nutrition III

Marathon Nutrition II

Marathon Nutrition I

Eating for Clear Skin

Vitamin D Health

Eating for Cholesterol Health

Day of Whole Grains

Holiday Health: Enjoying the Holidays

Holiday Health: Simplifying for Stress Free Holidays

Holiday Health: Pre-Holiday Party Lunch

Holiday Health: Ate too Much?

Holiday Coffee Drinks

Beating the Freshman 15


Fitting in Exercise

Healthy Eating at a BBQ

Breakfast on the Go

Buying Bread

Eating for Bone Health

At the Salad Bar

Low Glycemic Food

Should I go Gluten-Free?

Holiday Eating

Office Snacks

Meal Planning

Calorie Counting



  1. Frank says

    So, Emily, I want you to do a post on MSG. What’s the verdict? Is it a staple of the household seasoning cabinet or a death sentence?

  2. says

    Hello, Emily. I’m a fellow healthy food blogger and I’m producing a healthy cooking iPhone and iPad app, due out in the spring. I don’t do pasta, rice, and other traditional starches, and I’m looking for contributors who do. You seem to cook everything and so I’m wondering if you’d like to submit some healthy starch recipes to the app. You’d receive full attribution and your blog would be referenced. In additon, the app will have a companion website where your recipes can be featured and there can be a link to your blog. Let me know if you’d be interested and we can go from there. Why don’t you e-mail me directly at Thanks.

  3. Nancy says

    I have a question about iced tea–green in particular. I do a cold brew; I fill the pitcher with cold water and add three tea bags, which I remove after 20 minutes. Will I still get the same health benefits or do I need to brew the tea in hot water?


    • Emily says

      Hi Nancy,
      From what I’ve read – you would need to brew for at least 4 hours to get all the benefits from the iced tea.

  4. frank says

    Suggested recipe to try.

    [First of all, em, I feel bad it’s been a few months since I have last visited your site. But way to go! It seems to be evolving and improving regularly. I have a lot of questions about the site and blog. I need to have a more lengthy conversation with about your online presence…maybe Thanksgiving!]

    But in the meantime, I wanted to suggest a dish for you to try. Natalie and I feel the need to help you branch out a little bit in the Vietnamese food universe. Pho is great! But as you know, Vietnamese cooking uses a lot of intense flavors and there’s a ton to try.

    I want to suggest you give Canh Chua a try. It is by far my favorite Vietnamese dish. It’s translation is ‘sour soup.’ It involves a tamarind broth, a whole fish, and lots of vegetables. My begging and pleading coerces Natalie to make it regularly. I pasted some links below.

    Now Natalie is an incredibly creative and effective cook. I am slowly convincing her to write down some of her personal recipes and keep a recipe diary. I think she could be an Asian Giada with her niche being Vietnamese-American fusion cooking. She’s that good. But she doesn’t use recipes regularly, so I can’t vouch for the links below. They are meant as a guiding hand.

    But I will say the key to this whole recipe is the tamarind broth. It’s best when REAL sour. Staple veggies are: okra, elephant ear (some times hard to find), and pineapple. The rest is at your discretion. I also like cooked tomatoes with fresh bean sprouts, cilantro and scallions sprinkled raw on top.

    If you get time to try it at home or at a restaurant, let me know.

    • Emily says

      First let me remind you that it was you two who started my pho obsession! ;) But I’m totally willing and ready to try something new, although I wish I had Natalie here to make it for me!

  5. says

    My name is Nimali Fernando, and I am a mom and pediatrician in Fredericksburg, VA. I recently launched a blog called Doctor Yum, as a way to give information to my patients on nutrition. Often families are told to feed their children healthy food, but they may have no knowledge of how to do this. My website serves as a roadmap for these families. I have many recipes (all Kid-tested by 20+ Tiny Tasters enrolled as my helpers). I also have videos of kids trying new foods. I write nutrition articles addressing topics like picky-eating, obesity (which takes up a lot of my time as a pediatrician), how to start babies on solid foods and make your own babyfood, etc. I haven’t found another physician who is doing exactly what I am doing on the internet, and I would like my work to be shared with parents all over the county. I have a master’s in public health and view this generations of parents’ ignorance about food as a national crisis. I have even starting working with some local restaurants to help them improve their kids menus. My first kids menu “rehabilitation” will make it’s debut on July 1 at a great restaurant called “Foodie” in downtown Fredericksburg, VA.
    I really like your website, and wondered if any families you work with could use this information. I look forward to hearing from you.

    Nimali Fernando, MD, MPH

  6. says

    Hi! I’m about to start college and I’m actually thinking about becoming a nutritionist. I was wondering what kind of education you received to become one and what basic things the job entails?

    • Emily says

      I received a Bachelors of Science in Nutrition (some schools call it Dietetics, etc). I would recommend looking into the internship process to become a registered dietitian. There are all sorts of different jobs/careers depending on what you want to do.

  7. Leah says

    Hi Emily-
    I was wondering what your opinions on juice/detox fasts are? Are they truly beneficial, and if so, what are the best ones?

    • Emily says

      Hi Leah,
      It depends what you are trying to achieve with it. I have not personally done a juice fast – and I would always recommend checking with a doctor before making any big changes!

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