Stories about nutrition


Oreos as addictive as cocaine? For rats, at least

By Kathleen Megan, The Hartford Courant (MCT) on Oct. 16, 2013, at 9:13 a.m.
Oreos may be as addictive as cocaine, at least for lab rats, according to a study done at Connecticut College. And like most humans, rats go after the creamy center first. In a study designed to consider the potential addictiveness of foods with high fat and high sugar content, Connecticut …
At Eleven Madison Park restaurant in New York, the tartare is made with carrot, not steak. "“I love vegetables and they give you a lot of opportunity to be creative. You can’t do a lot with a steak, whereas if you take a carrot, the opportunities are endless,"” says chef Daniel Humm.

World’s leading chefs offer tips for enjoying healthy eating

By Richard Vines, Bloomberg News on July 30, 2013, at 9:29 a.m.
Danny Meyer, creator of Shake Shack, sits outside his new Creative Juice store in New York. Instead of the Double SmokeShack (850 calories), there’s Zest for Life (180), with red beet, blood orange pulp and zest, fennel and shiso. In London, the French chef Bruno Loubet — known for meaty …
Long John Silver’s “Big Catch” fish platter was named the “Worst Restaurant Meal in America” by a nutrition advocacy group on Tuesday, July 2, 2013.

Heart attack on a hook? Consumer group names ‘Worst Restaurant Meal in America’

By Lisa Baertlein, Reuters on July 02, 2013, at 5:39 p.m.
Calories: 1,320. Trans fats: 33 grams. Sodium: 3,700 milligrams. All that pushed Long John Silver’s “Big Catch” limited-time only fish platter to win the “Worst Restaurant Meal in America” distinction Tuesday by a U.S. nutrition advocacy group. The artery-clogging trans fat tally alone is “astonishing” in the limited-time only dish …
Jack Robinett, a four-year-old student at the Lookout Mountain Preschool, eats a fruit kabob with his mother Molly at a healthy school party for mother's day in Golden, Colo., in this May 10, 2012 file photo. The U.S. Agriculture Department has released rules to make school snacks healthier, part of a 2010 law aimed at improving childhood nutrition by, among other things, revamping school foods for the first time in more than 30 years.

New healthy snack rules aim to rid schools of junk food

By Yasmeen Abutaleb, Reuters on June 27, 2013, at 10:41 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Snacks sold in U.S. schools must be lower in fat, salt and sugar, according to federal rules released on Thursday aimed at giving students more nutritious options and fighting childhood obesity. The regulations, originally due in 2011, largely mirror the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s proposal from February that …

Eating of processed meat linked to early death

By Mary MacVean, Los Angeles Times on March 08, 2013, at 2:53 p.m.
LOS ANGELES — Another study has found an association between eating meat and premature death, this time linking the consumption of bacon, sausage and other processed meats with cardiovascular disease and cancer in a study of nearly a half-million Europeans. “Overall, we estimate that 3 percent of premature deaths each …

Five foods that may stave off dementia and boost memory

By Vicky Hallett, The Washington Post on March 07, 2013, at 9:10 a.m.
We love our hearts. But what are our brains — chopped liver? Neal Barnard, an adjunct associate professor of medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, says how we eat can improve not just the function of our tickers, but also the longevity of our …

Eat like a snob: Tips to avoid holiday weight gain, but still have fun

By Craig Hill, McClatchy Newspapers on Dec. 13, 2012, at 9:56 a.m.
It’s December and that means you are already running the food gantlet. The closer you move toward Christmas, the more likely you are to face delicious pies, candies, gravy and sweet rolls everywhere you look. If you are going to emerge Jan. 1 without a belly that shakes like a …

How to eat whatever you want on Thanksgiving without getting fat

By Josef Brandenburg, McClatchy-Tribune (MCT) on Nov. 15, 2012, at 9:10 a.m.
The title of this article sounds like a total scam right? How can you possibly eat whatever you want on Thanksgiving and not get fat? Well, the fact of the matter is that you can’t get fat in one day. You can’t even get fat in a week. One meal …

Rumford dietitian debunks myths about food and cancer

By Matthew Daigle, Lewiston Sun Journal on Nov. 15, 2012, at 8:54 a.m.
A hospital dietitian on Wednesday debunked myths about avoiding cancer by eating certain foods and vitamins. Justin Bakaian led a nutrition workshop at Rumford Hospital as part of a series sponsored by the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing in Lewiston. Speaking to a small …

Tea’s health benefits prove promising

By Katherine Tallmadge, Special to The Washington Post on Nov. 01, 2012, at 9:23 a.m.
A tea timeout is my favorite way to de-stress a day. It feels so civilized to relax with a warm cup of jasmine-scented green tea or perhaps the traditional English treat, black tea with milk — “white,” as they say. Still, with all the myths we hear about nutrition, I’ve …

Spiced lattes and other pumpkin-flavored foods that will make you fat

By Hollis Templeton and Jennifer Perry, on Nov. 01, 2012, at 9:20 a.m.
Pick autumnal eats brimming with vitamins, minerals, and cancer-fighting beta-carotene over seasonal treats that pack scary amounts of calories, sugar and fat. Worst: The Cheesecake Factory Pumpkin Cheesecake 739 calories, 29 g sat fat (additional nutrition information N/A) You’d have to eat half a stick of butter, 29 slices of …

15 low-fat foods that wreak havoc on your waistline

By K. Aleisha Fetters, (MCT) on Oct. 24, 2012, at 9:22 a.m.
When two foods — one that’s low in fat and one that’s unapologetically full-fat — are staring you down, choosing the low-fat option is the key to a slimmer you, right? Nope. It turns out your so-called diet foods could actually be making you fat. Fat-free and low-fat foods are …
The first ingredient in New England Clam Chowder is cream, so a serving will set you back 480 calories.

11 fat bombs of football season: Foods that could leave you looking like a linebacker

By Emily G. W. Chau, on Oct. 17, 2012, at 9:18 a.m.
Football and food go together as well as, well, beer and bratwurst. Game day seems to give license to eat whatever you want _ the more inventive and bacon-wrapped, the better. We scoured the country looking for old local classics and new twists on tailgate foods, stadium munchies and regional …

To help a child do better in school, feed the brain

By Carolyn Butler, Special to The Washington Post on Sept. 11, 2012, at 8:44 a.m.
Back-to-school season seems as good a time as any to think about boosting your kids’ brain power, not to mention your own. But this year, instead of flashcards and multiplication drills, you might want to focus on the family diet. “Food can affect the brain in minutes,” says neurologist Majid …
Ben and Jerry's Blueberry and Vanilla Greek Frozen Yogurt with a Graham Cracker Swirl has 200 calories, 7 grams of fat, and 25 grams of sugar for a half-cup. There are better options available in your supermarket's freezer case.

1,850 calories in frozen yogurt? The worst froyos for your waistline

By Rachael Grannell, on Aug. 30, 2012, at 9:06 a.m.
Let’s start with some good news: Just like regular yogurt, the frozen treat contains live and active cultures, which boost immunity and fight disease in the gastrointestinal track. “Frozen yogurt is generally low in fat and sugar and can be a great alternative to richer ice creams,” says Bonnie Taub-Dix, …
Choline is known to play a role in the metabolism of fat — it breaks down fat for use as an energy source. Because of that, recent studies have shown choline, which is found in large amounts in egg yolks, to play a role in weight loss.

10 super nutrients for a flatter belly

By Erin Hicks, on Aug. 13, 2012, at 8:57 a.m.
There are many reasons to eat a nutritious diet — you want to fend off the nasty bug that’s going around, you want more energy, you want to improve your overall health. But here’s one incentive that will have you running to the produce aisle: a flatter belly. If you’d …
In this file photo taken April 20, 2009, a neon sign reminds patrons at a McDonald's restaurant of the 24-hour service in the Wrigleyville neighborhood of Chicago.

McDonald’s chef: Nothing on the menu unhealthy

By Lisa Abraham, Akron Beacon Journal on June 11, 2012, at 9:23 a.m.
He has a hand in the diets of more than 26 million Americans every day, yet most folks wouldn’t recognize his name. Chef Daniel Coudreaut is senior director of culinary innovation for McDonald’s USA, shaping the menu that we’ll gaze upon when we pull into the drive-through or walk up …

7 ‘bad’ foods that are actually good for you

By Katherine Tallmadge, Special to The Washington Post on May 25, 2012, at 8:33 a.m.
Are you shying away from bad foods that are actually good for you? With all the hoopla about healthful eating, it’s hard to separate fact from fiction. As a nutrition consultant, I’ve come to realize there is no shortage of surprises and superstitions in the world of nutrition. Here are …
Chef Mayumi Nishimura prepares dishes of fermented soybeans, millet and brown rice for Madonna, helping the pop star cultivate her intestinal flora in a burgeoning alternative approach to health.

Are gut germs the secret to Madonna’s longevity?

By By Kanoko Matsuyama and Jason Gale, Bloomberg News on May 11, 2012, at 8:34 a.m.
The secret to Madonna’s staying power may be surprisingly simple: gardening. What the pop star does involves no trowel or soil. Thanks to dishes of fermented soy beans, millet and brown rice prepared by her personal chef, Mayumi Nishimura, Madonna practices a form of inner horticulture — cultivating her intestinal …

How to raise kids with a healthy relationship to food

By Casey Seidenberg, Special to The Washington Post on April 19, 2012, at 9:08 a.m.
My 9-year-old saw a headline in my e-mail that read “10 Foods You Should NEVER Eat!” He grabbed me and said, “Mom, have you read this? I thought there weren’t foods we should never eat. You said all foods were okay once in a while.” I was so proud! As …
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