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The New Dietary Guidelines: Outrage and Yawns

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 04.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

The advisory committee's recommendations inform the government's guidelines, and those affect policies, action and choices. They affect everything from school lunches to SNAP to the food industry, and also the way we personally fill our plate.

We're Fat And Sick And The Broccoli Did It!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.26.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

It's no big surprise that someone untrained in research methods would tell us all what the research really means and why the scientists on this committee -- all trained to do research and interpret it -- are just a bunch of hacks. But that the New York Times would allocate its imprimatur and rarefied real estate to an infomercial masquerading as an Op-Ed is a lamentably disappointing surprise.

Which Fruits Contain the Most Sugar?

The Daily Meal | Posted 04.25.2015 | Taste
The Daily Meal

Out of all the fruits in existence, which ones do you think contain the most sugar? Strawberries? Guava? Watermelon? Believe it or not, those fruit...

What To Eat -- And Avoid -- If You Want To Be Clear-Headed

OWN | Posted 02.19.2015 | OWN

In their search for a quick way to get out of the midday slump, many people reach for a sweet snack to refuel. While the sugar rush may make you feel ...

Little Women, Big Risks

Marisa Weiss, M.D. | Posted 04.14.2015 | Science
Marisa Weiss, M.D.

We have to let our girls have their girlhood and not be pushed into premature womanhood. It's not healthy for them as children and continues to affect them as adults.

Here's Why Nutrition Labels Should List Added Sugar

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 02.03.2015 | Healthy Living

“It’s definitely easy not to be aware how much sugar you’re consuming," says the University of California, Davis' Kimber Stanhope. In the la...

When Sugar Was the Answer

Rachael Clarke | Posted 04.01.2015 | Parents
Rachael Clarke

"She isn't talking," he said. "She won't respond to anything I say." There was no color in her face. Her eyes looked clouded and distant.

Two Different Paths to Obesity and What They Have in Common

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 04.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

It's hard to tease apart metabolic vs. hedonic causes for obesity, and impossible to change the underlying genetics leading to each susceptibility. Both mechanisms explain why it's so hard to lose weight and keep it off.

6 Ways We Can Use Taste and Smell to Optimize Our Nutrition

Healthy Harlequin | Posted 03.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Healthy Harlequin

Though talks of tongue and smell might not be the trendiest of health news at the moment, they are no doubt the senses that are most intimately linked to our nutrition -- and therefore indispensable to our everyday journey towards better health.

Why I Made the Switch to Serving Dessert With Dinner

Maryann Jacobsen | Posted 03.31.2015 | Parents
Maryann Jacobsen

This isn't about getting my kids to eat less, it's about taking the attention away from sweets in a world that does the opposite. Sweets are just another enjoyable food to eat but not the main event. I think dessert with dinner gets that message across loud and clear.

Newlyweds Totally Lose It When Maroon 5 Crashes Their Weddings

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 01.21.2015 | Weddings

Sorry Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn, Adam Levine just made wedding crashing a lot more awesome. The 35-year-old Maroon 5 frontman, who married mode...

The Way We View 'Healthy Eating' Could Change Forever

AP | By MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 03.10.2015 | Healthy Living

WASHINGTON (AP) — For years, the government has told Americans to eat their vegetables. A rewrite of the government's dietary guidelines could inclu...

Not All Sugar Is Vegan. Surprise!

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | Posted 01.09.2015 | Taste

And here's the bone-chilling truth...

Batéy 106: Portraits from a Dominican Sugar Cane Plantation

Erica Simone | Posted 03.06.2015 | Impact
Erica Simone

In this globalized world of consumption we live in, rarely do we stop to think about where our goods actually come from, who cultivated them or what life is like for the people at the beginning of the production chain. When you open a pack of sugar and empty it into your tea or coffee, do you ever consider the process of how that sugar ended up on your table? Do you ever think about what the people are like at each step of the production: the cultivators of the fields, the owners of the land, the processing plant workers, the packaging designers, the marketing team, the distributors, the transporters, the wholesalers, the retailers, and ultimately you, the consumer? I do all the time, to the point where I make up complete stories in my mind that could turn into a screenplay.

How to Slow Aging Now: What Your Doctor Won't Tell You

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 03.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

Most articles that find themselves under such a headline are not based in good science. Products promising long life and physical transformation usu...

Sugar and You

Margaret Marshall | Posted 02.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Margaret Marshall

The one question we should be asking ourselves is: Are these sugary items worth the health disorders, either in ourselves or our children?

Buyer Beware: Your Cereal May Contain More Sugar Than a Dessert!

Steve Hirsch, MD | Posted 02.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Steve Hirsch, MD

"No fat," "oat fiber," "multigrain flakes," "helps lower cholesterol." Cereal boxes make all kinds of claims to get you to pick them for your health.

Sugars: Become an Expert Sugar Detective

Steve Hirsch, MD | Posted 02.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Steve Hirsch, MD

Interpreting food labels is not always easy, but one simple tool will suddenly make grams of sugar more meaningful and will probably shock you.

It's Sugar Season: How To Cope

Drew Ramsey, M.D. | Posted 02.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Drew Ramsey, M.D.

Keep what I call the 'Golden Rule of Sugar' in mind as you're going from holiday party to holiday party: Only eat sugar -- whether it comes in the form glucose, fructose or sucrose -- with nutrients, namely, fiber, fats, minerals and phytonutrients from plants.

Sir Ian McKellen Teaches Cookie Monster To Resist His Cookie Cravings

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | Posted 12.18.2014 | Healthy Living

DNA, Dunkin' and Dingbats

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 02.15.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

DNA, with rare exception, is not destiny. Dinner is -- to a far greater extent than most realize, or than our culture seems inclined to put to any good use. Lifestyle can alter gene expression; we can nurture nature.

Why We Need to Strengthen the Office of the Surgeon General

Brian Castrucci | Posted 02.10.2015 | Politics
Brian Castrucci

We must take action to ensure that our surgeon general is insulated from politics to allow him to focus and share the best science available with the American people. Equal energy should be spent on calling for reform of the position as is spent on calls for the confirmation of Murthy.

It's About Time: When Is as Important as What in Eating

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 02.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

Remember these three letters, TRF. It won't be hard. You'll be hearing them a lot. TRF, Time-Restricted Feeding, is the new mantra in the diet, weig...

Powdered Sugar, Demystified

The Huffington Post | Alison Spiegel | Posted 12.13.2014 | Taste

We've got answers for all the questions you never wanted to ask.

WTF Is Jaggery, Anyway?

The Huffington Post | Alison Spiegel | Posted 12.04.2014 | Taste

It's like a cross between spicy molasses and buttery caramel, so listen up.