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Love Your Food

When nutrition professionals talk about “befriending food,” they usually do so in the context of eating disorders. They point out the importance of not seeing “food as the enemy,” as one well-known author put it, or “making peace with food,” as others have counseled. For me – also a nutrition expert – it’s a much simpler proposition. Loving food is to understand what it does, how it nourishes us, and also to appreciate what it takes to make good food available.

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A New Emphasis on Mental and Emotional Well-Being in Healthcare

That diet and exercise are important pillars of good health is common knowledge, even among those who don’t necessarily follow suit. But when it comes to caring for their mental and emotional well-being, most people remain largely in the dark. According to the current U.S. Surgeon General, Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy, it is time to pay greater attention to the treatment of mental and emotional conditions, which he considers as crucial as all other forms of healthcare.

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In the Fight Against Obesity, Experts Remain Divided Over Strategies

Do food manufacturers bear a responsibility for the global obesity crisis? Of course they do. So do restaurants that offer nutritionally poor fare and exorbitant portion sizes. But the decision to consume foods and drinks that cause waistlines to expand ever further still rests with the individual. So, from which end should we try to tackle the problem? Experts remain divided over the issue, despite of decades-long research on the true causes of excessive weight gain.

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Been Everywhere, Done Everything? How About Some Food Travel?

Food travel, or culinary tourism, as it is sometimes called, is a fast growing trend, and not only among seasoned globetrotters who seek new perspectives on their journeys. Over the past decade or so, food-themed vacationing has become a trendsetter in the leisure travel industry. And this is by no means limited to gourmet dining or fine wine sampling but extends to all things related to food production, preparation and consumption as well as environmental issues like climate change and sustainability.

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Longevity – To What Avail?

Over the past 200 years the average human life expectancy has doubled, and some experts say that our longevity has not even reached its peak yet. They are not talking about the distant future. In fact, the first person to live to a 150 may already have been born. Being able to extend life is a great success, especially when it comes with a reasonably high quality of life. But simply adding years of sickness, frailty and decline is not a very appealing prospect.

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What Makes Health-Conscious Consumers Tick?

Health and wellness is on the mind of an ever-growing part of the populace, at least some of the time. But as consumers, people are still widely confused about how to make the right diet- and lifestyle choices to reach their desired goals.

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