Keith-Thomas Ayoob, EdD, RD, FADA
Until recently, no one really thought much about arsenic in food. In water, maybe, but even then, it was assumed that municipal water supplies were monitored well and arsenic was usually off our radar.
Recently a Dartmouth College study found high levels of arsenic in rice and brown rice syrup (1). The latter is often used as a sweetener in organic and gluten-free foods and some foods made for toddlers and young children.
If you’re trying to lose a few pounds and you’re also someone who finishes eating before the others at the table, then you’re going to be interested in a new study that was just published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.
It’s back-to-school time again, and every parent wants their child to have the best academic advantage. Is there a pill or supplement than might be able to do that?
Parents, some supplement companies are way ahead of you and they’ve started marketing supplements containing DHA –one of the omega-3 fatty acids found chiefly in fish oil – directly to parents for their children. There’s some – I repeat some – preliminary research that suggests that DHA – short for docosahexanoic acid – might help your kids perform better academically.
I hear it all the time. Parents want their kids (and sometimes their spouses) to eat better, but all they want are burgers, fries, hot dogs, and pizza.
Michelle Obama recently hit up Shake Shack, a sort of high-end chain of restaurants that specializes in uber-good shakes, fries, burgers, and such. They’re known for tasty food, big portions, and not sparing any expense on good ingredients.
A new study from Harvard was just published in the New England Journal of Medicine and it wasn’t an obesity study. It was a study about how people gain weight over time. Most studies say it’s about diet and lifestyle, but this one goes so far as to say which foods may be the culprits – and which ones could help prevent the “creeping five pounds.”
You’ve seen both of these beverage advertised to oblivion: sports drinks that help you replace needed electrolytes lost during sweating when you workout or play hard. Energy drinks for when you need to get through the day but haven’t had enough sleep and don’t have time for coffee. Take a shot and WHAM! Energy for 5 more hours!
Thursday, June 2, 2011 marked the end of the decades-old Food Pyramid and ushered in a new, simpler icon of healthy eating – the Plate. More specifically, “My Plate” because it’s all about each individual.
Some things make sense about a plate as an icon. After all, we don’t eat from a pyramid, we eat off of a plate (or we used to – now much of our eating is on the run and out of hand, but that’s another article in itself).
It’s all in how you slice it. My Plate, and is divided (not sliced – as in pie, and it’s politically incorrect to call it a pie, so be warned if you’re in the presence of nutritionists or USDA personnel) into 4 wedges: for protein, grains, fruits, and vegetables.
I remember a public service advertisement several years ago where David Hyde Pierce (Niles Crane from the show “Frazier”) says, “Want to know what your kids are up to? Get them around the dinner table once a week for a family meal.”
We’ve all seen it – toddlers and young kids walking around with a baby bottle, taking a suckle here and there, almost as though they were holding a cocktail glass. Well, a new study in the Journal of Pediatrics suggests that prolonged use of the baby bottle ties strongly to obesity by the time these children reach 5½ years of age.