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Chocolate – more than Candy

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD Millions of people worldwide love chocolate in all its many forms. This food of the “gods” comes from the cacao trees. The most common variety of cocoa comes from the Forastero making up 90% of the world crop. The rarest variety Criollo is sought after by artisan chocolate makers. The […]


Old Fashioned Broth for Health Makes a BIG Comeback

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD Many long-time readers of this column know I collect old cookbooks.  My oldest cookbook is European and American Cuisine by Gesine Lemcke from 1895. On the title page is the following statement – “Beauty, Health, and Happiness depend upon the kind of food we eat.” This sentiment changed profoundly by […]


Eat Your Nuts

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD One of my favorite nuts is pecans for baking and cooking. They are softer and do not cause canker sores in the mouth like walnuts can. The buttery rich flavor of pecans makes them one of the most popular nuts native to American. They are rich in nutrients, minerals, and […]


Citrus an Imported Fall Food

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD Many of us grew up with citrus foods being part of the holiday season. I remember not only getting tangerines, pomegranates, and oranges in my stocking but also nuts in their original packaging. Today we wouldn’t dream of putting nuts in their shells and a hammer in the hands of […]


It is beginning to smell a lot like Christmas

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD One of the magical things about this time of year are the smells – cinnamon, cardamon, nutmeg, clove, allspice, ginger, fruit fillings and festive colors swirled around on cookies. Many of these powerful aromas stimulate memories and affect brain chemistry in positive ways. All of these spices that add to […]


By the Sea

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD This last week I got to spend several days on the Oregon Coast – that meant enjoying the foods that are local of course. Shellfish is one I have liked in small doses, primarily scallops and shrimp, but this year I have become a raw oyster lover, especially when they […]


Potassium do you need it?

Published October 10th, 2014 in Minerals & Vitamins

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD I have a growing number of older clients on “no salt” diets, taking potassium supplements. This raises alarm bells with me due to the very important balance between these two minerals. Often times when I query clients on what foods they are eating to replace their potassium, the only food […]


Unexpected Surprises & Salt

By Tammera Karr, PhD My life does not transport me into the Metropolitan world much, however every once in a while I  journey to the hustle and bustle of a city. I was recently in Portland Oregon, my states largest metropolitan area, and for a change I had time to explore; a large gap in […]


Ya can’t beat Beet’s

Published July 30th, 2014 in Eat for Health, Minerals & Vitamins

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD What are your memories of beets? Mine is sugar, canned and pickled, with a side of greens on the plate. For me the greens were and sometimes is still the only edible part of the plant, but as a kid and adult I had family members who loved beets in […]


Summer, Sunburns and Salt

Published July 29th, 2013 in Eat for Health, Minerals & Vitamins

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD, BCIH, BCHN, Certified Gluten Practitioner Every so often there is a media blitz on the dangers of a high salt diet, but they always seem to leave out the number one source of salt in the American diet is processed foods, diet sodas and fast food. The reports go on […]


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