About the Author

Sharon Palmer, RDN

Sharon Palmer, a registered dietitian nutritionist, is an accomplished writer, editor, blogger, author, speaker, and media expert with expertise in plant-based nutrition and sustainability. Sharon has authored over 1,000 articles in publications including Better Homes and Gardens, Oprah, and Los Angeles Times. She has published two books: The Plant-Powered Diet: The Lifelong Eating Plan for Achieving Optimal Health, Beginning Today (The Experiment, July 2012) and Plant-Powered for Life: Eat Your Way to Lasting Health with 52 Simple Steps & 125 Delicious Recipes in July 2014. Her third book on plant-based eating is due for publication in 2020. Sharon has contributed to several book chapters on nutrition and sustainability. She also serves as nutrition editor for Today’s Dietitian, and a judge for the James Beard Journalism Awards. Sharon organizes farm and sustainability tours across the world and blogs every day for 200,000 members at The Plant-Powered Dietitian. She holds a master of science in sustainable food systems from Green Mountain College in Vermont, and serves as associate faculty at both Sterling College and Prescott College on sustainable nutrition.

Articles by Sharon Palmer, RDN

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 … Read More

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 in … Read More

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, … Read More

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 … Read More
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