February: The Heart Issue

Dear Readers,

This February, we have busy minds and heavy hearts. Not only are some of us beginning to gear up for life after Friedman, but political unrest and uncertainty, social injustices, and–as always–unqualified nutrition claims abound. That’s why The Sprout is back after our winter hiatus to help clear your head and nurture your heart and soul.

So, you went to the Women’s March. That’s great! But there is still work to be done. Sam Hoeffler fills us in on the 10 actions in 100 days movement, and how you can get involved at The Friedman School.

Next, Christine Sinclair and Katelyn Castro warm our souls with delicious recipes. Ever heard of ackee? No? Well you are missing out on this delicious and culturally significant fruit. No worries, Christine has you covered. Then, Katelyn gives us 10 hearty (and heart-healthy) soups that take no time at all. (And are much better than canned.)

And it wouldn’t be Heart Health Month without the temptation of Valentine’s treats (a.k.a. chocolate and sugar, the true heroes of V-day). Jenn Pustz details the mysterious history of how chocolate–and its subsequent partner in crime, sugar–became the commercialized symbols of love and affection. Awwww.

Once you’ve had your fill of treats, Danièle Todorov, Delphine Van Roosebeke, and Julia Sementelli will convince you that proper nutrition is, well, common sense. Danièle and Delphine interview a prominent cardiovascular clinician, getting his take on quick fixes and supplements. Who else comes to mind when you read “supplements?” Right, Dr. Oz. Julia details the state of this epidemic and how the spread of false nutrition information is confusing patients everywhere. And get this: She even interviews the great and powerful Oz himself!

Last but not least, Christina Skonberg and Krissy Scommegna take us on a trip to California to learn about supply chains, and how producers doing good in the world make production decisions.


Micaela & Kathleen

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by Sam Hoeffler

Donald Trump is the president of the United States. Now what? Join the movement.


Ackee: Jamaica’s Irresistible Delicacy

ackee1by Christine Sinclair

Ever heard of Jamaica? Yes? Ever heard of Bob Marley and Usain Bolt? Yes? Ever heard of ackee? No? Well, just like Jamaica and our international stars, ackee is a star in its own right. You don’t quite know Jamaica until you know ackee. So let me introduce you. Ackee has a rich history dating back to the slave trade. It has a delicious flavor, and a unique texture that you will want to add to your cooking repertoire. 


10 Hearty Soups to Make in Less than an Hour

by Katelyn Castrotuscan-kale-and-bean-soup-preventionrd

Fresh almost always tastes better than the canned version, especially when it comes to soup. Having a few hearty soup recipes on hand that you can rely on can be a lifesaver when canned soup just doesn’t cut it. They say soup warms the soul, right?



The Bittersweet History of Valentine’s Day Sweets

valentine_digitalamherstby Jennifer Pustz

Preparation for Valentine’s Day seems to start earlier every year. The seasonal candy aisle in the local grocery store or pharmacy says goodbye to candy canes and red and green foil-wrapped sweets just in time to make room for heart-shaped boxes of chocolates and the ubiquitous “conversation hearts.” Valentine’s candy has been part of this celebration of love for many decades despite its connection with two ingredients that have very difficult histories: chocolate and sugar.


Coming Back to Common Sensepicture1

by Danièle Todorov and Delphine Van Roosebeke

Ever wish the question of what to eat could be, well, simple? In an interview with cardiologist Dr. Jacques Genest, we discuss themes in “common sense nutrition:” the research behind it, the barriers to adherence, and its evolving definition.


The Dr. Oz Effect

screen-shot-2017-02-01-at-8-46-41-amby Julia Sementelli

With the beginning of the new year inevitably comes an onslaught of promotions and advertisements for miracle diets, detoxes, and supplements that vow to help you shed pounds, live longer, etc. And when you think of diets and supplements, most likely two words come to mind: “Dr. Oz.”  He is a doctor, but he is also a registered dietitian’s worst nightmare. Read on for the inside scoop of how Dr. Oz further complicates the already messy, ever-changing world of nutrition and health, including an interview with the man himself.


Following our Food: A Northern California Supply Chain Adventure

by Christina Skonberg and Krissy Scommegnapicture1

How do people at different points of food production make decisions? As part of a directed study on Sustainable Supply Chain Management, Friedman students Krissy Scommegna and Christina Skonberg spoke with representatives at three different food and beverage businesses in California to learn how producers weigh costs and benefits to yield optimal results.

The Friedman Sprout is a monthly student run newspaper that aims to serve the student population at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, prospective students, and alumni. Our mission is to report on newsworthy information that affects the Friedman community including nutrition research, food policy, internship and volunteer opportunities, as well as school events. Our editorial slant is that of sustainability in food and nutrition.

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