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Health Lunacy and Rocket Science

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.01.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

We highlight a new celebrity cleanse and fad diet weekly if not daily on the morning shows; and the parade of best-selling quick fixes, each of which maligning all the others, seems never to end. And all the while, we mostly get fatter and sicker...

Nutrients, Nutritionism, and Historical Nuttiness

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.24.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Recommending for the intake of nuts, but against the fat content of nuts, was always just plain nutty. Failure to learn from the follies of our nutritional history would be even more so.

Newton, Nutrition, and the Tweets of Doom

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.27.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

For all his contributions to science, controversial and otherwise, in modern context Sir Isaac Newton is most indelibly associated with one rather suc...

Dietary Guidelines for Which Americans?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.27.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

At this point, the lid is off the box, and we know sustainability is a concern. We only have two choices: honor that concern, or dismiss it -- and knowingly eat at the expense of those to follow us.

Diet? I'll Have What He's Having!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.07.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

For those who don't know, that's really what the whole Blue Zones idea is about: a characterization of the lifestyle, behaviors, culture and environment of those populations around the world that live the longest and the best. They have the most vitality and the least chronic disease.

The Big Life Lesson We Can All Learn From Gardening

OWN | Posted 03.31.2015 | OWN

For Michael Pollan, eating is about much more than getting sustenance. The food expert and author has long been touting the importance of paying atten...

What Michael Pollan Wants You To Think About When You Cook Dinner Tonight

OWN | Posted 03.26.2015 | OWN

We do it three times a day, every day. But how often do you stop to think about how your meal got to your plate? Michael Pollan, bestselling author an...

Appreciation for Brian Wansink, Run Amok

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.23.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

As hoped, Brian and I see eye to eye. The factors that influence what people choose to do with food matter, but so too do the foods chosen, and what they do to the people. We need not choose to focus on one of these, and neglect the other.

An Apple a Day?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.11.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

We already have evidence of declining levels of empathy in the population at large, with frequent recourse to technological interfaces rather than direct eye contact one of the reasons invoked. The doctor-patient relationship has degraded too much already in my opinion. I would hate to see it technologized out of existence.

If We Are What We Eat, Then We Are Becoming Coffee Cups

Randy Malamud | Posted 04.29.2015 | Green
Randy Malamud

When we're throwing out such an obscene amount of food (which is, presumably, actual food: broccoli, juice, cheese, and the like) do we really need to be eating coffee cups?

Diet, Dog and Dogma

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.22.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Before the committee report is translated into official guidelines, there is a period of public comment.Some of the commentary will be from public health advocates, but much will be from industry. What exact dietary guidelines will emerge from this gauntlet remains to be seen. But given that, I like what I see so far. I think the advisory committee has done a stellar job.

Fat Headlines: 10 Things the 2015 USDA Dietary Guidelines Really Say

Joel Kahn, M.D. | Posted 04.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Joel Kahn, M.D.

Last week there was another barrage of headlines in the media certain to confuse the public about whether cholesterol and animal fats in general are t...

Paleo for a Shrinking Planet?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.21.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

While many do, no one can say that a Paleo diet is best for health on the basis of truly robust evidence. But no one can say it isn't, either.

Bone Broth and Magic Beans

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.11.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

So there you have it. If you like bone broth, sip bone broth -- although I do think you are obliged to consider the lives, and deaths, that spawned those bones. Cruelty has no place on the menu of decent people, whatever our gustatory inclinations.

An Interview With Food Revolutionary Michael Pollan

Steven Raichlen | Posted 01.28.2015 | Taste
Steven Raichlen

Michael Pollan is a food activist, journalist, and bestselling author whose books have revolutionized the way Americans think about food. What you may not realize is that Pollan is a man obsessed by live-fire cooking and he devotes the first section of his most recent book, Cooked, to the art and history of barbecue.

6 Mouth-Watering Recipes You Should Definitely Try This Thanksgiving

Posted 11.24.2014 | OWN

By Katie Arnold-Ratliff This elegant Manhattan apartment -- its tall ceilings, bisque walls hung with grand oil paintings, and windows overlook...

Best Diet? Look Beyond the Beauty Pageant

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.13.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

No, looking at the never-ending parade of quick-fix contestants, we cannot say which diet is best -- because none is.

Meatless Monday: Filling Michael Pollan's Prescription

Ellen Kanner | Posted 01.10.2015 | Green
Ellen Kanner

In his 2008 book, In Defense of Food, Michael Pollan gave us the prescription in seven words -- "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." It's that si...

Congressman Tim Ryan's Real Food Revolution

Rose Caiola | Posted 12.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Rose Caiola

Why should a U.S. Congressman care so much about food? Because the majority of Americans are ill-served by our nation's food system. Tim believes we need to get away from industrialized food and back to healthy eating.

An Open Letter to My Neighbors Regarding Drought and My Dead, Weedy Lawn

Jonathan Kim | Posted 11.22.2014 | Green
Jonathan Kim

First, please know that I very much sympathize with your stance. I'm sure that because of what I've allowed my front yard to become, you must think of me as a nightmare of a neighbor.

The Working Mom-nivore's Dilemma: Home-Cooked Meals = Stress

Eve Tahmincioglu | Posted 11.16.2014 | Business
Eve Tahmincioglu

Last week was a good week in our household. My mom came to visit, so that meant there would be home-cooked meals on the table every night for my kids, meals I wouldn't feel pressured to prepare.

Why I'm So Annoyed by the Recent Debate Over Home Cooking

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted 11.08.2014 | Home
Bettina Elias Siegel

Last week a debate over family dinner and home cooking erupted in the blogosphere -- and I'm here to tell you that just about everyone involved is ticking me off.

A Main Street Way to Help Obese People

Don McNay | Posted 10.24.2014 | Business
Don McNay

"Don't you know things can change Things'll go your way If you can hold on for one more day" -Wilson Phillips I'm 55 years old and morbidly obese. ...

Conveniently Healthy

Daniel J. Schultz | Posted 08.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Daniel J. Schultz

If we can use food processing, marketing and engineering to create the ideal Dr. Pepper, I believe we can also use these tools to help people eat healthy. Instead of asking for large changes, let's meet people where they are and make healthy eating a daily reality whatever way possible.

Is a School Breakfast of Multi-Grain Lucky Charms Better Than No Breakfast at All?

Nancy Huehnergarth | Posted 07.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Huehnergarth

In the new documentary Fed Up, author and journalist Michael Pollan reminds us that: "Junk is still junk, even when it's less junky." If you want to see what Pollan is talking about, soon all you'll need to do is walk into a classroom in a low-income school district at breakfast time.