What’s a Vegetable Garden Doing at a San Antonio Hospital?

What’s a Vegetable Garden Doing at a San Antonio Hospital?

In one of the biggest ironies of modern culture, many hospitals have onsite fast food establishments. There are several advantages to a McDonald’s and clones on premises. The food is available 24/7, it is served quickly, and it is cheap. … Continue reading

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The FDA’s Mercury Problem

The FDA’s Mercury Problem

In an interview last week, FDA secretary Margaret Hamburg stated that the FDA will soon update its recommendations for pregnant women with respect to fish consumption and mercury levels. What’s this all about? Large predator fish such as tuna and … Continue reading

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Global Obesity Rates Are Skyrocketing

Global Obesity Rates Are Skyrocketing

A recent report by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), covering data from 188 countries, determined that 30% of the world’s population is overweight or obese. That’s 2.1 BILLION people, and growing. Obesity is a threat to public … Continue reading

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Some Folks Have a Sweet-Tooth. Others, a Salt-Tooth

Some Folks Have a Sweet-Tooth. Others, a Salt-Tooth

A recent study presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Hypertension, has found a correlation between high blood pressure and an affinity for salty food. Scientists observed 4 small groups of subjects who were offered french bread … Continue reading

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Could Counting Calories Be an Exercise in Futility?

Could Counting Calories Be an Exercise in Futility?

According to a new theory by prominent nutrition experts, we may be approaching weight loss the wrong way. What if instead of overeating leading to obesity, it’s obesity that leads to overeating? Let us explain. Weight gain involves the creation … Continue reading

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McDonald’s Loves Dietitians So Much

McDonald’s Loves Dietitians So Much

Would you trust McDonald’s to advise you on nutrition? Of course not. Should the sugar industry advise you on school nutrition standards? Not a good idea. So why is McDonald’s the premium sponsor of the California Dietetic Association’s annual meeting? … Continue reading

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Kashi’s Woes Continue

Kashi’s Woes Continue

Kashi, once the darling of the real food community, has seen its sales decline in recent years. Now owned by Kellogg’s, the company has been embroiled in legal battles as well. Customers sued the company for claiming its products were … Continue reading

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Something in Chocolate is Healthy, But Don’t Get Overexcited

Something in Chocolate is Healthy, But Don’t Get Overexcited

Every time a new study comes out extolling the health benefits of certain antioxidants in chocolate, giddy TV reporters assure us it’s fine to chomp down a few extra chocolate candy bars. The truth is not as sexy. The healthy … Continue reading

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Did Banning Chocolate Milk in Schools Really Backfire?

Did Banning Chocolate Milk in Schools Really Backfire?

Chocolate milk accounts for over 60 percent of the milk offered in schools today. Kids love it, mostly due to the high sugar content – about 3 teaspoons of added sugar for an 8 fluid ounce drink. But kids consume … Continue reading

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The UK Saved Lives By Reducing Salt in Foods. Meanwhile, Here in the States…

The UK Saved Lives By Reducing Salt in Foods. Meanwhile, Here in the States…

Public health policy works. Here are some hard numbers for you, straight from the United Kingdom: Between 2003 and 2011, the Brits decreased their daily salt intake by 15 percent In that same time, death from heart diseases decreased by … Continue reading

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