The holiday season is in full swing and if you’re lucky, you may find a champagne toast accompanying the festivities. Happily, that bubbly could also be a beneficial toast to your health.
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Recently, Best Food Facts received a reader question asking, "What is the best way to count calories?" To answer this question, we reached out to Dariush Mozaffarian, MD DrPH, Co-Director, Program in Cardiovascular Epidemiology, Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Department of Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health.
Lately, we’ve been adding a little extra spice to our lives with regular visits to Sommer Collier’s award-winning blog: A Spicy Perspective.
Juicing is a popular approach to getting your diet back on track, and it's certainly a great way to get more fruits and vegetables into the diets of picky eaters! But is it actually healthy? While no one can dispute that adding fruits and veggies to your meals is a win, registered dietitian, Judy Barbe explores the benefits and the watch-outs of this interesting and delicious trend.
An abundance of confusion has complicated the use of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) since it was introduced as an industrial sweetener - a substitute for sugar - in the 1960s. Some of the controversy derives from the dramatic increase in the prevalence of obesity in the U.S. (and in the rest of the world). The simultaneous occurrence of these two events is striking and it is tempting to relate one to the other.
Recently, Best Food Facts received a question regarding whether celebrities are using garcinia cambogia to lose weight. We called Stephen Heymsfield, MD, the George A. Bray, Jr. Endowed Super Chair in Nutrition Professor, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Louisiana State University System, to find out.
With the rise of low- and no-carb diets, the word “carb” has taken on a negative connotation. Just as there is no one-size-fits-all diet there is also no one perfect food. A balanced diet includes a wide variety of foods consumed in moderation. But carbohydrates shouldn’t be considered to be “empty” calories. Carbohydrates can be rich sources of fiber such as those found in vegetables, whole grains, fruits and beans, all of which play a role in decreasing the risk of chronic disease.
Recently, Best Food Facts received a reader question about the Paleo diet - what is it, and is it safe? We asked Best Food Facts nutrition advisor, Carolyn O’Neil, MS, RD, about the diet and if it is safe for otherwise healthy adults.
In the old cowboy Westerns, you could always tell the good guy from the bad guy by his white button-down shirt. Recently, a similar guideline has been applied to many of the foods that we once enjoyed. This time though, the new "bad guy" in town, an alleged less-nutritious option, now wears white: white bread, white pasta and white sugar. In reality, it takes more than a glance at a food’s color to determine whether something is inherently healthier.
What color are your favorite fruits and vegetables? Take our latest poll?
Recently, Best Food Facts received a reader question asking, "Is tilapia safe to eat? I've heard that it's often farm raised in countries where there are no guidelines, and they are essentially raised in waste and pumped full of antibiotics."
To answer this question and learn more about tilapia, we reached out to Kevin Fitzsimmons, PhD, Professor, Extension Specialist & Research Scientist at the University of Arizona
Exercise is good for everyone! How much exercise should we be doing? What about nutrition before, during and after exercise?
Unless your shopping trip to the grocery store is limited to the far perimeter aisles, there is a good chance your diet contains some form of processed food. So are processed foods bad for you?
The additive Splenda (sucralose) was recently downgraded for its safety from “safe” to “caution” – meaning it “may pose a risk and needs to be better tested.” Should you avoid foods and beverages with this ingredient?
A glance at the ingredients label on a package of cured meat like ham or hotdogs probably lists sodium nitrite. This common preservative helps meats retain their color and also helps keep bacteria to a minimum. Recently, Best Food Facts received a reader question asking about a link between sodium nitrites in processed meats and cancer.