Eat for Health

Spring with a splash of Easter color

Published March 24th, 2016

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD

The familiar dyed Easter egg, which annually rolls along lawns and frustrates little children armed with colored wicker baskets, is a carryover from the pagan holiday which preceded the Christian holy day.  Easter has a close association with food. The word comes from the Anglo-Saxon goddess of light and spring, [...]

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Getting the Most from Our Foods

Published February 26th, 2016

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD, BCHN, BCIH

I have had clients say to me, “ I know what foods to avoid – but I am not always sure of what foods I should be eating”. I think this is a problem for most of us, we are bombarded by advertisers telling us about drugs, and [...]

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By the Sea

Published July 8th, 2015

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 [...]

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Summer Foods and Other News

Published July 1st, 2015

By Tammera J. Karr. PhD

As summer gets into full swing with graduations, weddings, potlucks, and picknicks, we reach for favorite foods, that add flavor to summer. What is a picnic without potatoes salad or a crisp, refreshing cob salad topped with slices of eggs and flavorful ham? As I was scanning through research articles, [...]

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Rhubarb, oh so mouth watering

Published June 25th, 2015

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD

This last week I picked up my first CSA (community supported agriculture) box from Big Lick Farms – regular at the Roseburg and area farmers markets. I filled my cooler with heads of lettuce, radishes the size of golf balls, snap peas, chard, bok choy, sweet strawberries and rhubarb.

This [...]

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Munching through the Woods

Published June 18th, 2015

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD

Like many we spend our spring and summer weekends stomping around in the woods of Southern Oregon. This spring I was introduced to the flavorful wild green locally known as Miner Lettuce. As my husband came up to me hunched over a clump of green vegetation, he saw me pluck [...]

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The Dreaded Dandelion

Published June 1st, 2015

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD

It is spring, and along with all the gardening and grass mowing, comes weeding. Americans spend millions on weed killers to eradicate dandelions from yards and ball fields every year. The health challenges of all the chemicals being placed on soils, and eventually into water systems is [...]

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Buckwheat – a pioneer food

Published May 31st, 2015

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD

Buckwheat is not related to wheat, nor grass even a type of grain. Instead, buckwheat is related to sorrel, knotweed, and rhubarb. Because its seeds are eaten, it is referred to as a pseudo-cereal.

Common buckwheat was domesticated and first cultivated in inland Southeast Asia, possibly around 6000 BC, and [...]

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Show a Little Leg

Published May 12th, 2015

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD

Lamb is a staple food throughout the world including Turkey, Greece, New Zealand, Australia, Africa, and countries of the Middle East. In the U.S., per capita consumption of lamb is much lower than in the rest of the world. Half of all lamb consumed in the U.S. is imported, and [...]

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Chemophobia & Other Food Nonsense

Published May 5th, 2015

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD

I’m about to make a confession – There are times I have no clue as to what to write this column on. This week was just one of those times. The clock was ticking, and the deadline was at hand, and still I had no inkling, shimmer or clue. Then [...]

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