A friend and I were discussing the documentary That Sugar Film the other day and she asked me about the claim in the movie that artificial sweeteners were bad for you, too, because they actually made you eat more.
I couldn’t recall exactly what was said in the film, but decided to do a little research on my own to answer her question.
The FDA-approved artificial sweeteners are saccharin (Sweet ‘N Low), aspartame (Equal, Nutrasweet), neotame, sucralose (Splenda), acesulfame K (Sweet One) and stevia (Truvia).
Because they are “low-energy” sweeteners and don’t contain any calories, it seems a no brainer … Continue reading
If you’re interested in starting out the New Year with a better eating plan, check out the PBS production of Michael Pollan’s best-selling book In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto.
What is Pollan’s manifesto? Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.
Advice for healthy eating doesn’t get much simpler than that.
In Defense of Food premiers Wednesday, December 30th. Check your local listings for the time. Here’s the trailer:
Michael Pollan hosts the program himself and examines how the typical high-calorie, low-nutrient American diet came to pass and what we can do to reclaim … Continue reading
It probably wasn’t the best idea to watch this documentary just a few days before one of the most sugar-laden holidays of the year.
On the other hand, I will definitely be more conscious about how much sugar I eat and will hopefully avoid a huge sugar hangover—that slightly sick, tired, yucky feeling I get after eating too many sweet foods.
That Sugar Film is one of several sugar documentaries that have come out recently that attempt to show us just how bad sugar is for our health.
Related story from Time: Sugar is definitely toxic, a new study says… Continue reading
Now that the days are dark, wet and cold, I find myself drinking a couple extra cups of coffee or tea every day.
Luckily for me most evidence supports the health benefits of both coffee and tea (black or green). Dr. Aaron Carroll over at Healthcare Triage recently made two videos to reassure us coffee lovers that moderate consumption of both coffee and tea is a good thing!
Coffee! It’s Not Bad for You, and It might Even be Good!
Is Drinking Tea Good for You?
As always, Dr. Carroll … Continue reading
Last week the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that it was going to classify red meat and processed meats (bacon, hots dogs, salami, pepperoni, etc.) as cancer causing agents.
I mentally thought about all the bacon, hot dogs, pepperoni pizzas, and pastrami sandwiches I have fed my son through the years. What kind of a mother am I? (In my defense, my son’s had WAY more fruit and vegetables than average.)
Thank heavens Dr. Aaron Carroll over at Healthcare Triage understood my pain and made this great video to reassure me that I am not the worst mother ever!
When you go to the grocery store is your cart full of “free” foods, such as soy-free, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, etc.?
With so many of these products being heavily marketed, and poor health information being widely spread on the internet through Facebook, blogs and other social networking sites, it’s easy to make assumptions about food allergies for your and/or your children.
Common symptoms that everyone gets occasionally—nausea, diarrhea, acne, fatigue, weight gain, rashes, and sinusitis—are frequently misdiagnosed as food allergies or intolerances.
I have had many friends over the years who have told me they or one of … Continue reading
It’s not too late to give the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) your opinion on its latest effort to require that more information be provided on food labels.
Last year, food labels began listing the amount of added sugar per serving (usually listed in grams).
Now the FDA proposes that labels also show sugar as a percentage of the recommended daily intake or value (%DV). Labels already do this for most vitamins and minerals, fats, fiber and sodium.
Sugar’s %DV would be based on the US Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s recent recommendation that people limit sugar to 10% of their … Continue reading
I once bought an enormous jar of fish oil supplements from Costco—and then let it sit in a cabinet mostly untouched until well past its expiration date. (I hate taking pills.)
That was doubly wasteful on my part. Not only for ignoring the capsules once I’d bought them, but for buying them in the first place.
A recent article in the business pages of the Washington Post marveled that the fish oil supplement industry is booming despite any solid evidence that fish oil supplements work as claimed.
People in the United States spend about $1.2 billion annually for
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Last weekend my husband participated in a golf tournament. It was sponsored by Costco, and each player received a swag bag of Costco merchandise.
When he got home, my husband and I took a look at his “gifts.” I couldn’t help but laugh.
- OptiFiber Natural Fiber Supplement
- Body & Soul My Vision Health Eye Vitamins
- Natrol Fast Dissolve Melatonin
- Focus Factor Brain Health Supplement
- Testosterone Support For Men Supplement
- Slice of Life Energy Boost Gummy Vitamins With B12
- ZipFizz Healthy Energy Drink Mix With Vitamin B12
- Oh, and some golf balls and tees
The organizers of that tournament knew their … Continue reading
Eat fresh & local
I am fortunate to live in an area that has abundant Farmers Markets that operate year-round. They not only offer fresh, locally-grown produce, but baked goods, jams & jellies, cheeses, nuts, cut flowers, and a variety of local artisan crafts.
The summer months are my favorite. I can find summer fruits that are at their peak of ripeness and flavor, unlike the under-ripe, flavorless versions that are sold in the grocery stores. Cherries, peaches, apricots, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries all taste better (and are often cheaper) when they are locally grown and picked within the last … Continue reading