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 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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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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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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