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Diet Soda: Builds Desire, Decreases Satisfaction

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 10.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

The question of what these sweeteners do to our body -- and by what mechanism -- is far from settled, but this study adds to the realization that looking just at calorie counts, without thinking a little more about the actual ingredients, might not be enough to lead to long-term weight control and health.

Giuliana and Bill Rancic and Chef Psaltis Discuss Their Newest Venture, RPM Steak

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 10.19.2014 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

Something we often discuss on The Dinner Party is what makes a successful restaurant. Owning a restaurant is tricky business, with restaurants opening and closing like automated doors

Sodium Studies, With a Grain of Salt

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.18.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

It is theoretically possible to consume too little sodium, but whether the relevant cut-point is set high or low, the vast majority of adults living in the real world consume too much.

How to Escape Weight Gain During Summer Vacation

Jeff Hyman | Posted 09.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeff Hyman

It's easy to unravel good habits on vacation, but staying on track is a lot easier than trying to get back on track post-vacation. This summer, when you plan your disappearing act, make sure to plan ahead and avoid common food traps.

Bethenny Frankel, You Are Not Being Funny

Paulina Pinsky | Posted 09.16.2014 | Women
Paulina Pinsky

When your professional title is "Skinny Girl," of course wearing your 4-year-old's pajama set is going to spark controversy. Bethenny Frankel's fortune gets bigger as she "helps" women get physically smaller.

Is Obesity a Socially-Transmitted Disease?

Jeff Hyman | Posted 09.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeff Hyman

If you're trying to lose weight, a growing body of research suggests eating too many meals out with friends and family might jeopardize your efforts.

Consuming Country -- Food on the 4th of July

Priscilla Parkhurst Ferguson | Posted 09.06.2014 | Home
Priscilla Parkhurst Ferguson

We've heard often enough that we are what we eat. But it is equally clear that we also eat what we are.

World Cup Photo Diary: Porcao and the Carnival King

Raul de Molina | Posted 09.06.2014 | Latino Voices
Raul de Molina

I loved going to the Confeitaria Colombo with the King of the Carnival and for this trip El Rey took me to Porcao for some fresh pork.

3 Things to Think About Before You Urge Your Kids to Eat Their Veggies

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 09.06.2014 | Parents
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

Do you enjoy being nudged? Criticized? Neither do your kids. If you've never told them that eating vegetables is good and tasty go ahead, but if you've already said it before, trust that the tune's already playing in their head.

Working Off a Coke: Warped Logic at Its Finest

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 08.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

The ad imagines what would happen if people paid for their can of Coke by working off the calories it contains. It shows that people are different, but on average, working off a can of soda takes just 23 minutes of cycling.

9 Reasons to Plan Your Vacations Around Eating

Eliza Sankar-Gorton | Posted 08.16.2014 | Travel
Eliza Sankar-Gorton

Everyone knows that museums, galleries, scenic tours, and even shopping are downright difficult when you're hungry. At a certain point you realize: just like a toddler, if you're hungry, you're crabby. Who wants to spend a vacation in a crabby mood?

I'm With Stupid: The One Thing Bacon Doesn't Make Better

Todd Hartley | Posted 08.20.2014 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

It's not that I dislike the taste or have any moral objection to eating fat; it's just that pork belly doesn't deserve to be its own trend. It's bacon, for crying out loud. It's what we put on everything to make everything taste better. Has bacon ever not been a food trend?

Fat: Ending the War That Nobody Started

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.16.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The evidence continues to accrue -- with almost surprising frequency -- that we should, indeed, eat less meat, butter, and cheese (before we even factor in the environmental considerations, which frankly we should do). We just shouldn't replace them with donuts, Snackwells and soda.

School Lunch and the State of a Nation

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 08.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

It's impossible to characterize an entire nation's eating habits. On the other hand it is safe to say that the patterns offered in the American preschool and school system leave much to be desired.

Newtonian Nutrition

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.12.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Arguments against the fundamental utility of the calorie to human energy balance, and weight control, really do devolve to arguments against Newton and this basic law.

Debunking Breakfast

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.06.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Personally, I have long thought that whatever the particular merits of breakfast, hieratic zeal as the main course was in fact a rather dubious way to start the day. So it is that I welcomed a new study that purportedly was about debunking breakfast, but was really about debunking dogma for breakfast.

Are Diet Pills an Aggressively Marketed Scam?

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 08.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

Silly and optimistic as I am, I'm hoping for an end to health claims on foods and supplements. Health claims were introduced in 1994, have been so miserably abused and have become so utterly misleading that it's just time to say goodbye. The other more realistic scenario is that consumers will start rejecting the hype and express their skepticism with their wallets.

You Are Not a Garbage Disposal

Jenny G. Perry | Posted 07.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Jenny G. Perry

Now stop! Put the chips down. No, seriously. I get it. I've eaten enough French onion dip for a few whole lifetimes. At parties, I've shoveled...

What Would It Take to Get People Eating Their Fruits and Veggies?

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 07.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

Eating more fruits and veggies is the most tried and true piece of nutrition advice ever to be given -- health experts agree on it, and it has been withstanding the test of time and further research for many decades.

4 Ways Your Social Circle Can Help You Curb Emotional Eating

Elle Penner | Posted 07.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Elle Penner

A great strategy to prevent emotional eating is to trade food for a short bout of exercise with your fitness-minded friends. Physically, exercise reduces stress and anxiety, alleviates boredom, and releases feel-good endorphins. Getting one of your supportive friends to join you can squash feelings of loneliness and provide an opportunity for you to vent, too.

Easy Ways To Sneak In More Fruits And Veggies

KnowMore TV | Posted 07.09.2014 | Healthy Living
KnowMore TV

If you thought fitting in five fruits and veggies a day was tough, hold onto your fruit bowl: New research from the University College London suggests that we need at least seven servings of fruits and vegetables a day for optimal health. Holy zucchini! That's a lot of produce.

Study Shows Food Advergames Entice Kids to Overeat

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 07.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

We're all quite impulsive when it comes to food, and even more so when it comes to high-reward foods. Kids are even more vulnerable, and kids with higher impulsivity are a great target audience for advertisers. All the more reason to try and limit kids' exposure to these ads.

Making Dinner With Your Toddler: An Activity Breakdown

Honest Toddler | Posted 06.22.2014 | Parents
Honest Toddler

Making dinner with a toddler around is a lot like doing taxes: difficult, but your legal responsibility.

9 Ways To Tell You're On The Wrong Diet

Willow Jarosh, MS, RD | Posted 06.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Willow Jarosh, MS, RD

Every spring, another round of diets sprout up. Some are solid plans with sound diet advice, and others, not so much. Want to spot the ones you should skip?

What's a Normal Portion Size?

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 06.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

Restaurants influence how much we'll eat just by deciding the serving sizes, and those are unpredictable and range from petite to colossal.