Rich Baby, Poor Baby, and the Obesity Trajectory

Rich Baby, Poor Baby, and the Obesity Trajectory

Being poor is no fun. Statistically, it also increases your chance to be obese and suffer from a food related disease such as diabetes. According to a new study published in Pediatrics, an individual’s nutrition path is set by the … Continue reading

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Silly Kids. Can’t They Tell Apple Slices from French Fries?

Silly Kids. Can’t They Tell Apple Slices from French Fries?

The answer is no. Here is the story. Fast food conglomerates such as Burger King and McDonald’s are notorious for their advertising and marketing to kids. It’s so bad that the federal government considered intervening. Alas, well-funded lobbies representing corporate … Continue reading

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All Hail Nutritious Fast Food? Burger King Announces Healthier Fries

All Hail Nutritious Fast Food? Burger King Announces Healthier Fries

One out of every two Burger King patrons orders fries. That’s not surprising. Something about the combination of potato, fat, and salt, makes them the ultimate American side dish. And, because we consume so much, it would make sense to … Continue reading

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The Skinny on Skinny Snacks

The Skinny on Skinny Snacks

This is a guest blog post by Carol Harvey, Director of food/nutrition labeling and product development at Palate Works. There’s an oversized rumor going around that fewer calories and less fat per FDA serving of a food = “skinny” = better for … Continue reading

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National French Fries Day Today. Here’s A Healthy Alternative Recipe

National French Fries Day Today. Here’s A Healthy Alternative Recipe

Or try Fooducate’s Online Nutrition App! Today is National French Fries Day, another made up holiday by the food industry to get us to eat more.  Fries originated in Belgium, but it was our third President, Thomas Jefferson that asked for … Continue reading

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Study shows what kids eat at McDonald’s

Study shows what kids eat at McDonald’s

This is a guest blog post by Dr. Ayala Laufer-Cahana M.D. Eating out, and especially eating at fast-food restaurants, is considered a risk factor for obesity, poor diet and chronic diseases. Yet eating fast food is a major American habit: At least … Continue reading

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Junk Food Commercials Influence Young Kids, Parents Can Mitigate the Effect

Junk Food Commercials Influence Young Kids, Parents Can Mitigate the Effect

The Journal of Pediatrics published the results of an interesting study. Researchers wanted to see how young children are affected by commercials for junk food vs parental guidance. The “experiment” was conducted on 75 children aged 3 to 5: They watched … Continue reading

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SIX Ways to Use Vinegar with Your Food

SIX Ways to Use Vinegar with Your Food

It gets rid of mold, it’s good for cleaning windows and it makes amazing “volcano” science fair projects when combined with baking soda. But did you know that vinegar can be used in your kitchen too? Here are six quick … Continue reading

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McDonald’s Happy Meal Makeover: A (Small) Step in the Right Direction

McDonald’s Happy Meal Makeover: A (Small) Step in the Right Direction

McDonald’s announced yesterday that the Happy Meal is changing: 1. The amount of french fries will more than halve from 2.4 oz to 1.1. 2. 5 Apple slices will be added to each Happy Meal. 3. Low fat chocolate milk … Continue reading

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Sign of Hope? Fast Food Chains Launch “Kids Live Well” Menu Items

Sign of Hope? Fast Food Chains Launch “Kids Live Well” Menu Items

The National Restaurant Association has just launched a program called “Kids Live Well” that includes changes to kiddie meals being served by 19 franchises in over 15,000 locations across the country. The list includes big chains like IHOP, Burger King, … Continue reading

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