A few years ago, a large study of more than 150,000 women helped clear poor, vilified coffee of the suspicion it was contributing to hypertension
But while that 2005 study found no connection between even many daily cups of coffee and high blood pressure, it pointed a finger at another suspect (indeed –one of the usual suspects): It found that soda intake—regular and diet alike—was associated with higher blood… Continue
Added by Ayala laufer-Cahana MD on May 31, 2010 at 6:30am —
We like to eat. We especially like indulgent foods – desserts, snacks and tasty treats.
We’d love to believe it’s okay to heap our plates with foods we perceive as “healthy".
In fact, studies have shown time and again that foods perceived as healthy or foods with a health aura drive us — if only subconsciously — to eat more. Foods with "low… Continue
Added by Ayala laufer-Cahana MD on May 10, 2010 at 6:01am —
First Mom Michelle Obama said
to food makers recently: “If there is anyone here who can sell food to our kids, it’s you. You know what gets them to drive their parents crazy in the grocery store.”
We parents are quite aware of a TV ad when we see one, but marketing efforts go way beyond direct advertising on TV and internet games. Kids are exposed to slick… Continue
Added by Ayala laufer-Cahana MD on May 3, 2010 at 5:50am —
Oh, how things change.
It wasn’t that long ago when I had newborns—they’re now a tween and teens—and the unspoken competition between new moms was how well our babies gain weight, how high they plot on the percentile charts and how quickly they outgrow their clothes. Chubby was cute, and—it’s embarrassing to say—many breastfeeding moms were encouraged by medical personnel to add-on some formula if the baby wasn’t gaining weight at a remarkable pace.
I was already a… Continue
Added by Ayala laufer-Cahana MD on April 5, 2010 at 5:26am —
I meant to share a recipe earlier in the winter, and here we are with the exuberance of spring unfolding, the days getting longer and the joys of fresh produce coming back to the gardens and markets. So I’d better hurry up and offer my ginger carrot and miso soup
—a delicious way to transition from winter to spring—before it gets too… Continue
Added by Ayala laufer-Cahana MD on March 29, 2010 at 4:49am —
First Lady Michelle Obama gave some tough love to the food industry last week.
In her remarks
at the Grocery Manufacturers Association meeting in Washington D.C. last week Mrs. Obama was tactful, diplomatic and generous with praise… Continue
Added by Ayala laufer-Cahana MD on March 22, 2010 at 7:45am —
Are most Americans lactose intolerant? Do all dairy products contain lactose? How critical is it to stick to a lactose-free diet?
Although most of us know someone who is lactose intolerant, and “lactose intolerance” frequently comes up in health-related conversations, there are many myths and misconceptions regarding this common digestive issue.… Continue
Added by Ayala laufer-Cahana MD on March 15, 2010 at 6:30am —
Is the health claim party coming to an end?
This past week, the Food and Drug Administration released 17 letters
of warning to food manufacturers whose product claims don't adhere to federal labeling rules. FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, MD, also sent an… Continue
Added by Ayala laufer-Cahana MD on March 8, 2010 at 6:30am —
One in three American kids is overweight or obese. Many of our kids start accumulating extra weight—or develop the habits that will lead to weight gain later on—in very early childhood, setting them up for a lifelong struggle with both weight and a multitude of chronic diseases.
But many parents don’t pay much attention to obesity prevention advice; they don’t believe it’s relevant to their kids. They’re more focused on making sure their kids develop well, and… Continue
Added by Ayala laufer-Cahana MD on March 1, 2010 at 4:28am —
Do you want to live to 100?
For most of us, a long and well-lived
life sounds rather tempting. So what can we do to get as much out of life as we can, for as long as we can?
It turns out we know some important things about what influences longevity; there’s even a fun game online that will estimate how old you’ll live to be. All you have to do is answer 40 quick questions related to your health and family history and a calculator (at the end of this post) will do… Continue
Added by Ayala laufer-Cahana MD on February 22, 2010 at 6:01am —
School food received some major media attention in the past week.
Michelle Obama launched the Let’s Move
anti-obesity campaign last Tuesday, with improving school food as a major program cornerstone. Congress will reauthorize the Childhood Nutrition Act this year—with some planned overhauls and budget… Continue
Added by Ayala laufer-Cahana MD on February 15, 2010 at 4:17am —
I devoted last week’s post
to salt, and to the fact that we consume, to our detriment, two-to-three times our recommended daily upper limit of salt. The bulk of this excess intake comes unnoticed and hidden in processed and restaurant (especially fast-food… Continue
Added by Ayala laufer-Cahana MD on February 8, 2010 at 5:03am —
World Salt Awareness Week
starts today, and it’s the perfect time to look at salt and health.
Salt runs in the veins of language. There are reminders everywhere of salt’s former glory. The word “salary” is derived from salt (Roman soldiers were paid in salt),… Continue
Added by Ayala laufer-Cahana MD on February 1, 2010 at 6:00am —
Morgan Spurlock gained 25 pounds and suffered physically and emotionally after eating exclusively at McDonald's for just one month in his excellent documentary Super Size Me
But that’s not the reason “minimize fast food” is the rallying cry of almost all serious health and weight-loss advocates.
Spurlock’s personal experiment makes for good entertainment, but personal stories aren’t scientific proof, and… Continue
Added by Ayala laufer-Cahana MD on January 25, 2010 at 4:32am —
As much as I hate to admit it, I’m fast approaching the big 50, and losing a few pounds has become increasingly difficult. Partly because I’m a foodie that loves to cook and loves to eat, and partly because my body has decided to jump ship when it comes to burning those extra calories.
When it comes to losing weight my favorite mantra is “calories in - calories out.” These days the calories in seem to be sticking no matter how hard I work at the calories out.
So, I’ve… Continue
Added by Kristi Rimkus on January 24, 2010 at 12:36pm —
As soon as President Obama announced Dr. Regina Benjamin as his pick for surgeon general last July she came under fire
for—can you believe it?—her weight
Dr Benjamin’s figure has received more scrutiny and bashing from bloggers and commentators than her exemplary… Continue
Added by Ayala laufer-Cahana MD on January 18, 2010 at 6:17am —
The connection between diet and health was proposed some 24 centuries ago by Hippocrates, and I can imagine he first heard of it from his mom, who heard it from her ancestors.
Today, grandmas, moms and physicians have piles of scientific evidence supporting their observations and advice. It’s true: Diet does play an important role in health. We’re learning more… Continue
Added by Ayala laufer-Cahana MD on January 11, 2010 at 6:37am —
While New Year’s resolutions are made with the best of intentions, they’re usually forgotten by mid-February. If this first sentence describes your own experience I'd like to suggest to you a no-resolution plan for change
this coming year.
How could that work?
New Year’s resolutions tend to be big plans—commitments to a “project” that are often unrealistic because they impose impracticable demands on our tendency to stick to old habits. Try as we might,… Continue
Added by Ayala laufer-Cahana MD on December 28, 2009 at 7:30am —
Sweet tasting foods are rare in nature. Fruits and vegetables have some sweetness to them, but they’re also packed with lots of fiber, water, micronutrients and phytochemicals, and are nutritious and quite filling. Honey was hard to find for most of human history and even harder to harvest—it’s protected by an army of stinging warriors.
It’s only in our… Continue
Added by Ayala laufer-Cahana MD on December 21, 2009 at 5:16am —
Nutrition Facts labels became law in the US some 15 years ago, and the familiar panel we all know and strain our eyes over—the one that provides some key nutrition information, an ingredient list and allergen declarations—continues to evolve.
Do you read it? All of it? Do you understand it? Are you looking for your reading glasses?
In all fairness, not all… Continue
Added by Ayala laufer-Cahana MD on December 14, 2009 at 5:00am —