5 Tips for Parents: How to Avoid the Halloween Sugar Rush

5 Tips for Parents: How to Avoid the Halloween Sugar Rush

With Halloween just 6 days away, nutrition minded parents are stuck between a rock and a hard place trying to find a way to protect their kids from the great sugar hunt that is also known as Trick-or-Treat. We’ve been … Continue reading

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Hunger vs. Appetite

Hunger vs. Appetite

This is a guest blog post by Dina Rose, PhD. It was originally published here. We have an almost-pathological fear of kids being hungry in this country. I’m not talking about real hunger. I’m talking about the kind of hunger … Continue reading

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Coconut Chips As a Snack?

Coconut Chips As a Snack?

An interesting find earlier this week at the Food and Nutrition Expo in Atlanta was coconut chips. We sampled Bare “Show me the Honey” Crunchy Coconut Chips and couldn’t stop eating. The product is rather simple and looks like coconut … Continue reading

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V8 is Now a Protein Bar Too, Unfortunately

V8 is Now a Protein Bar Too, Unfortunately

At the FNCE food expo earlier this week, Campbell’s had a very large booth showcasing new products. The company is not just about soups. The V8 juice line has been steadily growing and now has branched into the enticing bars … Continue reading

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Meet Bacteroidetes and Firmicutes – the Yin and Yang of Obesity in Your Gut

Meet Bacteroidetes and Firmicutes – the Yin and Yang of Obesity in Your Gut

For years, frustrated dieters have wondered how two people could eat the same exact food, with one gaining weight and the other staying as skinny as a flagpole. The answer was usually a “faster metabolism”, but the underlying scientific mechanisms … Continue reading

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Things You’ll Only See at a Nutrition Expo

Things You’ll Only See at a Nutrition Expo

Every fall, registered dietitians from all over the world (but mostly the US) converge for a 4 day convention called FNCE – the Food & Nutrition Conference and Expo. The location changes each time, and this year it’s Atlanta. The … Continue reading

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5 Weekend Weight Loss Strategies

5 Weekend Weight Loss Strategies

Looking at some analytic data from the Fooducate app usage, we noticed an interesting trend. A certain percentage of people who keep pretty good track of their food intake on weekdays, seem to drop off on the weekends. If this … Continue reading

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10 Spices for Weight Loss & Improved Health

10 Spices for Weight Loss & Improved Health

This blog post is sponsored by McCormick. For great recipes incorporating spices, tap here. It’s hard to imagine food without spices. They upgrade a boring weeknight dinner to a little party in your mouth. With a bit of experimentation, you … Continue reading

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The Bogus BMI

The Bogus BMI

There’s a great read on The Body Mass Index (BMI) over at Mother Jones. This is the standard unit of measurement used to assess a person’s health via assumptions about overweight and obesity. Adopted in the 80′s by the health … Continue reading

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Consumer Reports: Label those GMOs

Consumer Reports: Label those GMOs

Consumer Reports is weighing in on the GMO debate going on in this country. Bottom line first: (1) Based on Consumer Reports research, GMOs have not clearly been proven to be safe over the long term for humans, (2) GMO … Continue reading

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