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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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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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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Breakfast Consumption and Weight Loss*

Breakfast is often considered the “most important meal of the day,” and if you are looking to lose weight, you mustn’t skip breakfast… or so the story goes. This idea is widely believed in popular culture as well as by many nutrition scientists and government bodies and is repeated so often that many in the…

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