If Diets Don’t Work…What Does?

If Diets Don’t Work…What Does?

This weekend the New York Times attacked the topic of “Why You Can’t Lose Weight on a Diet”. The article, written by neuroscientist Sandra Aamodt led with, “The problem isn’t willpower. It’s neuroscience. You can’t – and shouldn’t – fight back.” Dr. Aamodt is the author of the forthcoming book “Why Diets Make us Fat” and … Read more

Greger’s 5:1 Fiber Ratio Rule

Greger’s 5:1 Fiber Ratio Rule

Check out the daily videos published by Michael Greger, MD of nutritionfacts.org. Dr. Greger’s entertaining video snippets do an outstanding job of summarizing the vast amount of published nutrition research, delving into what the studies really say (and don’t say) – and saving you a boatload of time by not having to navigate the peer-reviewed … Read more

Hot Dogs Take a Hit: Processed Meat & Cancer Risk

Hot Dogs Take a Hit: Processed Meat & Cancer Risk

In an article published in the journal The Lancet, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) deemed processed meat to be “carcinogenic to humans” based on sufficient evidence for colorectal cancer. The working group of 22 experts from 10 countries assessed more than 800 epidemiological studies exploring the link between diet and … Read more

Grain Bashing Takes a Back Seat

Grain Bashing Takes a Back Seat

“Carbs are destroying your brain,” crows the Grain Brain diet book. While “Wheat is why you’re sick,” screams the Wheat Belly diet book. Despite a recent spate of grain bashing, new research indicates that eating grains has a more positive health impact than refraining from them. The Grain Foods Foundation (who, granted, is in the … Read more

Fiber Food Additive to Fight Appetite

Fiber Food Additive to Fight Appetite

Every fiber fan knows that fiber makes you feel full. But there comes a point when you can only rationalize so much roughage! Well – lucky for you, scientists in the United Kingdom have isolated a food additive that promotes satiety, and its name is proponiate. A small study published in the online journal Gut … Read more

Dorm Room Diet Done Right

Dorm Room Diet Done Right

Colleges and universities are back in session, and that means students are busy stocking their dorm room refrigerators. As students are gearing up for a new school year – many have questions about how to eat healthy on campus without gaining the dreaded “Freshman 15”. Here are some tips for staying lean and mean this … Read more

Forging Ahead on the Problem with Probiotics

If you have a gut problem, then you’ve probably heard these 2 pieces of dietary advice: eat more fiber and try probiotics. But GI disorders are highly personalized and vary from person-to-person, so what works for one doesn’t always work for another. This is certainly the case with probiotics – where ingesting probiotics can lead … Read more

The Skinny on the Diet Soda Study

The Skinny on the Diet Soda Study

A new study published this week in the journal Obesity got a lot of press this week for linking diet soda to weight loss. But what’s the real story on diet soda? Does it cause more weight loss than drinking water will? First, about the study: it was funded by the American Beverage Association, a … Read more

Fiber Report Card: We’re Failing

Fiber Report Card: We’re Failing

A sizable study recently showed just how little fiber Americans are eating…and just how bad that might be for us. Dr. Cheryl R. Clark of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School recently analyzed national-level consumption data from 1999-2010. In her report, published in the American Journal of Medicine, Dr. Clark found that … Read more

5 a Day Could Save Your Life

5 a Day Could Save Your Life

Hot on the tail of news showing that Americans are living longer but not necessarily better lives, comes a large study from Sweden linking fruit and vegetable intake with overall mortality. The study, published in the August edition of the Journal of Clinical Nutrition followed over 71,000 Swedish adults for a period of 13 years. … Read more