Foodborne Burden

Foodborne Burden

A recent report from the CDC analyzed the sources of foodborne illness in the US from 1998-2008. Cited as one of the most comprehensive analyses of attributing illness to food, the results of this report might surprise you – namely because of the role that fresh produce plays. The researcher found that … Read more

Organic: Good, Not Great

Organic: Good, Not Great

While there certainly remains a number of convincing arguments for buying organic produce – you may be surprised to learn they don’t have to do with nutrition. A review article to be published in the forthcoming issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine found that organic fruits and vegetables do not contain … Read more

Finally: a Fiber Report Card

Finally: a Fiber Report Card

Nutrition screeners are a great way to obtain a quick snapshot of the adequacy of a particular person’s nutrient or dietary intake. They can be used in many settings: for weight loss, education, as part of a larger nutrition assessment, or just for fun to figure out how you stack up to … Read more

Your Diet as a Productivity Pitfall

Your Diet as a Productivity Pitfall

“Study Finds Working at Work Improves Productivity” proclaims a 2007 headline from the Onion. Turns out so does eating well. A new study published in the Journal of Population Health Management analyzed data from nearly 20,000 American workers and found that the presence of even just one unhealthy behavior increased risk of … Read more

Maybe Frightening Food Facts Work?

Maybe Frightening Food Facts Work?

A study published in the most recent issue of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics indicates that those calorie menu boards you see popping up at sit-down chain and fast food restaurants…they might actually be doing more than just making you feel bad about what you’re about to scarf … Read more

My Cruciferous Vegetables to Bear

My Cruciferous Vegetables to Bear

Just in time for Easter comes good news about cruciferous vegetables: women who consumed the most cruciferous vegetables were 62 percent less likely to die from breast cancer and 35 percent less likely to have a reappearance of the disease, when compared to those women who ate the least amount of cruciferous … Read more

Red Meating Thy Maker

Red Meating Thy Maker

A new study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine finds that red meat consumption is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease-related death, cancer-related death and total death. The study, conducted by researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health analyzed the consumption patterns of 37,698 men and 83,644 women … Read more

Thinking Outside the Bun

Thinking Outside the Bun

Time to lace up your jogging shoes for a run to the border. Taco Bell is getting set to launch its Doritos Locos Tacos on March 8. The taco features Doritos Nacho Cheese tortilla chips masquerading as a crunchy taco shell. Not exactly crazy, as the name implies – but just wild … Read more

Fiberticula – Not So Fast….

Fiberticula – Not So Fast….

A new study to be published in the February issue of the journal Gastroenterology appears to show that the formerly friendly relationship between fiber and diverticular disease prevention has soured. The article – which doesn’t beat around the bush with its austere title, “A High-Fiber Diet Does Not Protect Against Asymptomatic Diverticulosis” … Read more

Fruits & Veggies Fight Childhood Constipation

Fruits & Veggies Fight Childhood Constipation

One of the many benefits of a high fiber diet is that – when combined with adequate fluid intake – fiber helps prevent against constipation. This apparently applies to children as well as adults. In a recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Nursing, researchers in Hong Kong found that primary … Read more

Whole Grain Fiber Helps Fight Belly Fat

Fiber Fuels the Battle Against Belly Fat

A new study in this month’s The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition finds that people who eat three or more whole grain servings a day while keeping refined grains to less than one serving per day have 10% less belly fat than those not following this pattern. The study – conducted by … Read more