Health, with a Grain of Salt

Explaining the science and debunking the myths of nutrition, metabolism, and health.

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Big Changes to the Nutrition Facts Label

Did you hear?? The biggest news in nutrition policy in two decades?? The new Nutrition Facts Label is here!! (I’ll wait while you compose yourself after all the cheering, celebrating, and champagne popping…) Last week, Michelle Obama presented the new FDA food label at the Partnership for a Healthier America conference on behalf of the Let’s Move!…

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The Set Point, the Settling Point, and What You Can Do About It

In my last post I discussed the complexities of obesity and some of the metabolic and neurobiological effects that cause weight gain and maintenance of a higher body weight. I received a question from my longtime friend and follower, Hayley, about the defense of weight. She asked, “Once an obese person loses weight does their body…

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Obesity is Not a Disease of Sloth and Gluttony*

The most recent data from the CDC indicates that approximately 35% of American adults have obesity (1). In order to reduce prevalence of this disease (yes, disease), a popular notion is that people with obesity just need to “eat less and move more.” Indeed, many public health programs use this concept as their primary approach…

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The Good, the Bad, and the Meh of the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans

As you may have heard, the new 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) were released last week. The DGA were first created in 1980 and are updated every 5 years, based on new science. (If you think the Food Pyramid still exists, get with the program and check out MyPlate.) There was potential for some…

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Becoming a More Thoughtful Consumer

The new year is a great time to reflect on the past year, considering what has worked and what hasn’t and to plan ahead for what you want out of the future. 2016 will be a big year for me with a likely job change and potentially moving to a new city. With all of that commotion…

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Don’t Trust the Headline: No, Vegetarian Diets are Not Bad for the Environment

This week in my new favorite segment, “Don’t Trust the Headline,” many, many articles have been reporting that a new study just concluded that “lettuce is worse than bacon for the environment.” As a health conscientious individual, I’m often thinking about how my lifestyle impacts my health as well as this beautiful planet that houses me. Like…

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The Code for Obesity – Written in the Sperm

Finally some focus on the importance of paternal health! There’s LOTS of research on the effect of a mother’s health (and even grandmother’s health) on her child, particularly with regard to obesity. In fact, when using the search terms “maternal health, obesity, children” on PubMed, nearly 2k publications popped up. Using the same search terms, but swapping out “maternal” for “paternal,”…

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What’s the Deal With Red and Processed Meats?*

[Before we get into this, I want to say that I’m not a huge supporter of red or processed meat consumption, contrary to what you might think after reading this post. There are plenty of health, ethical, moral, and environmental reasons to either not eat or limit intake of red and processed meats, which I will…

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Review of Whole, by T. Colin Campbell, PhD

I recently purchased the book Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition.  Based on the title, I knew the book would focus on the importance of eating a diet comprised of whole foods and figured it would be an interesting read.  This book was interesting in the worst kind of way and really just gave me a headache (probably…

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Better than Butter? Not Sugar

The battle against saturated fat continues.  In the past, it was considered nutritional dogma that saturated fats should be limited in order to preserve or restore cardiovascular health.  However, in recent years, this has been called into question as some studies have found no association between intake and risk for coronary heart disease (CHD) (1). Recent work out of…

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