Athletes Eating Badly

There’s been a fair amount of attention in the news lately about top-performing athletes eating eyebrow-raising diets. Most recently, we heard all about the gut-busting food preferences of Giants ace and two time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum: We’ve learned a lot about Tim Lincecum’s diet over the past few years, including that he digs […]

Is It Real Food or Not?

A healthy diet begins with eating real food: vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fish and meat, and minimally processed foods and meals made from them. And how do you know if something is overprocessed? As Michael Pollan put it, if your grandmother wouldn’t recognize it as food, don’t eat it. Or you could use this handy […]

How You Live Matters More than Genetics, & Other News of Note

Lifestyle Affects Life Expectancy More than Genetics, Swedish Study Finds (ScienceDaily) How long your parents lived does not necessarily affect how long you will live. Instead it is how you live your life that determines how old you will get, reveals research from the University of Gothenburg recently published in the Journal of Internal Medicine. […]

Late Night Nosh Can Damage Your Teeth & Other News of Note

Midnight Snacking Damages the Teeth, Experts Warn (BBC) Eating food in the middle of the night can seriously damage your teeth, Danish experts have warned. Researchers examined medical records of 2,217 Danes and found midnight snacking ups the risk of tooth loss, regardless of the type of food eaten. The University of Copenhagen team blamed […]

Salt & the Quality of Processed Food

It’s a basic fact of food processing: the more highly processed the food, the more stuff you have to add to it to make it taste good – salts, sugars, flavorings and other additives. And of course the manufacturers want it to taste as good as possible so we’ll buy and eat more of their […]

Stat!: If Food Is Our Medicine, No Wonder So Many of Us Are Sick

Let food be your medicine. – Hippocrates   Amount of fruit the average American eats each day as a percent of the amount recommended by the USDA: 40 percent Amount of dairy: 60 Vegetables: 80 Meat: 120 Grains: 130   Source: Grist   And according to a short item in the New York Times, Americans […]

Processing Food Choices

A while back, the AP (via ABC News) ran an article looking at the surging popularity of “functional foods,” also known as “nutraceuticals.” These are processed foods that have been fortified with extra nutrients or include ingredients for which some kind of health claim may be made. According to a Pricewaterhouse Coopers industry report cited […]