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Saturday
Aug092014

5 Facts Behind the Low Fat Fallacy

All of you reading today likely qualify as part of the “low-fat” generation. For decades, we’ve seen everything from restaurant offerings to cereal labels tout their “low fat” content as a selling point and personal reassurance that our “choice” would be a healthy one. Far from a mere marketing premise, however, the low fat message was, in fact, a larger shift in our culture’s mindset that would remake our food environment and even influence our health industry for nearly two full generations. The low fat experiment was originally set in motion with the USDA’s landmark Dietary Goals for the United States” issued by the McGovern commission in the late 1970s. In very recent years, however, the tide has been turning as more studies suggest that traditional dietary fats don’t pose the danger we’ve thought! Understandably, we might be skeptical about such a fundamental message being turned on its ear. Where did that original low-fat recommendation come from anyway – and why should we follow a far different call now? Just as we can observe the trajectory of new research findings, we can also return to the original study with a critical eye for where its assertions may have misdirected our culture’s low-fat fixation. Let me share my understanding of that initial research and offer 5 illuminating facts that can put the low-fat fallacy into proper nutritional perspective.

 

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Wednesday
May072014

5 Facts You Should Know about Nutritional Research

Another day, another nutritional headline… Those newspapers and 24-hour cable channels have to fill their space with something of interest. Yet, the sum of nutritional research from a scientific lens looks very different from the cultivated spin of 20-second reporting spots. What are we to take from the news we see each day? How can we bring a more critical understanding to the hype in the headlines? How do we process conflicting study results and the seemingly endless stream of shock inducing health warnings? Below are 5 facts you should know next time you hear the words, “New research indicates…”.

 

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Saturday
Apr262014

Does an Acidic or Alkaline Diet Matter?

Another day, another diet fad... Whether you find it in the magazine rack at the grocery check-out, on late night T.V. commercials or among the Internet hot topics, somehow diet trends are always in the lime-light. It reflects our society's constant search for the holy grail of what sheds pounds in the slickest, fastest way. Lately, a topic of discussion among health and nutrition enthusiasts has been the influence of so-called acid- or alkaline-promoting foods. What's the full story behind the "alkaline diet," and should you buy in? Read on to gain a better understanding of the hype versus the benefits! 

 

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Wednesday
Dec182013

What is Functional Nutrition?

Beyond basic fuel, how does food help generate health each day? You’ve perhaps heard of functional medicine, the medical care approach that takes a “systems” view of health by focusing on the origins of dysfunction in the body and the interactions among genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors. Functional nutrition fits within this framework to examine how food “functions” within our bodies to both provide nourishment but also to influence the body’s health (or disease) itself. Food is one of the most fundamental and potent inputs we give our bodies every day--a clear and impactful message to our biochemistry. It’s one of several powerful links between our internal and external environments. The insight itself is ancient. More than two thousand years ago, the Greek physician Hippocrates offered the famous quote, “Let medicine be thy food and thy food be thy medicine.” Today it’s a timeless rallying cry for advocates of real food nutrition. What should this mean for you?

 

 

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Sunday
Sep262010

What does "Eat more whole grains" really mean?

Each weekend when my wife and I do our grocery shopping, we have a habit of walking through the aisles and paying attention to the claims made on many of the packaged foods. Many of the foods seem to have a claim regarding whole grains, such as “High in whole grains,” “Contains ‘x’ grams whole grains” or something similar. Unfortunately, many people will assume that anything called out on a label must be healthy. Many of these claims can be found on highly processed, high-carbohydrate foods such as breakfast cereals. Besides the packages on food in the store, “eat more whole grains” is a common recommendation from...

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