About the Author

Sharon Palmer, RDN

Sharon Palmer, RDN

Sharon Palmer, RDN, has created an award-winning career based on combining her two great loves: food and writing. As a registered dietitian with a broad foundation in health care, she channeled her passion into journalism over the past 15 years, covering a variety of topics, such as health, wellness, nutrition, and cooking. Sharon is also an accomplished writer on food and environmental issues, having published a number of features on plant-based diets, hunger, agriculture, local and organic foods, eco-friendly culinary practices, sustainability, food safety, humane animal practices, and food security. In particular, Sharon has expertise in plant-based nutrition.

More than 950 of Sharon’s features have been published in a variety of publications, including Better Homes and Gardens, Prevention, LA Times, Cooking Smart, and Delicious Living. Her book The Plant-Powered Diet: The Lifelong Eating Plan for Achieving Optimal Health, Beginning Today (The Experiment, July 2012) was a critical success. She followed it with her second book, Plant-Powered for Life: Eat Your Way to Lasting Health with 52 Simple Steps & 125 Delicious Recipes, in July 2014.

In addition, she has contributed to several books, including Food & Cultural Issues for the Culinary, and Hospitality and Nutrition Professions (Jones and Bartlett Publishers, Inc. 2009). Sharon blogs every day at her own The Plant-Powered Blog, which has won numerous awards. She is also the editor of the acclaimed health newsletter Environmental Nutrition, and serves as nutrition editor for Today’s Dietitian.

Sharon shines in culinary arts, focusing on globally inspired recipes featuring whole plant foods. She enjoys hosting culinary demonstrations and farm-to-table cooking classes. In addition, Sharon regularly appears in the media as a nutrition expert, and presents on food and nutrition at national venues, including California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo, and Supermarket Symposium.

She also serves as a nutrition advisor to Oldways Vegetarian Network and is a judge for the prestigious James Beard Journalism Awards and Books for a Better Life Awards. She was the proud recipient of the Loma Linda University Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2013. Currently, Sharon is studying for her Master Degree in Sustainable Food Systems at Green Mountain College in Vermont.

Living in the chaparral hills overlooking Los Angeles with her husband and two sons, Sharon enjoys tending to her own organic garden, visiting the local farmers market every week, and cooking for friends and family.

Articles by Sharon Palmer, RDN

What Are Healthy Fats?

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What Are Healthy Fats?

“Fats”: It’s not a four-letter word. Research has shown that with fats, it’s not the amount as much as the type that has the most significant impact on your health. In fact, eating foods that contain certain types of fats—healthy fats—is encouraged. So… what are healthy fats?

Most people need to

What Is Saturated Fat?

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What Is Saturated Fat?

You see the phrase mentioned frequently in relation to nutrition, dieting, and overall health, but exactly what is saturated fat? And should we banish it from our eating plan?

Saturated fats fall under the very large umbrella of dietary “fats.” They’re typically solid at room temperature, and occur naturally

Pistachio Benefits Make This Nut the Perfect Snack

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Pistachio Benefits Make This Nut the Perfect Snack

There’s no denying the popularity of the pistachio. That smooth, beige shell, with the crunchy green prize tucked within, is practically irresistible. And all those pistachio benefits make them a healthy choice, whether as a snack or a complement to a meal.

We’ll dig in on pistachio benefits below. First, a

Is Olive Oil Healthy?

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Is Olive Oil Healthy?

It’s a commonly asked question among people who are concerned about heart-smart eating: Is olive oil healthy? The quick answer: Extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO) should be your No. 1 oil in the kitchen. It’s the least-refined vegetable oil that’s commonly available.

The olive tree, which dates back at least 6,000

Are Carbs Bad for You?

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Are Carbs Bad for You?

Some people claim that carbohydrates are fattening, while others say they trigger cravings. The underlying question is: Are carbs bad for you?

The important point to remember is that all carbs are not created equal. Although most people are aware that carbs are in bread, cereal, pasta, potatoes, sweets, and soda,

Are Chia Seeds Healthy?

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Are Chia Seeds Healthy?

Chia seeds are heating up on the “superfood” front due to their impressive nutrition profile. The seed known as the quirky sprout of Chia Pet fame has officially made a comeback, showing up in everything from beverages and snack foods to desserts and nutrition bars. Are chia seeds healthy? They

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8. In The Kitchen

It’s much more difficult to fill your day with health-protective foods if you eat out frequently. To gain the most health rewards from a diet packed with nutrient-rich, disease-fighting foods, it’s best to prepare most of your foods yourself. Although there are plenty of prepared and packaged food products available