Latest Blog Posts

Our Estranged Relationship with Food

Americans feel less assured about the quality of their food than they used to. In a recent survey by Consumer Reports magazine, over 90 percent of respondents said they wanted to know more about what they were eating and would welcome detailed information about food production, including country of origin and genetic modifications. At the same time, the vast majority of consumers buys its food supply from places that offer convenience and low prices. Those are not organic grocery stores or local farmers markets. Walmart and Target are the new top destinations for food shoppers.

Read more »

Can Weight Loss Make You Smarter?

Being overweight is associated with multiple negative health effects, including diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Conversely, weight loss can lower the risk of developing such illnesses, or lighten their burden. Now, a new study from Brazil found that besides physical improvements, slimming down can also produce positive outcomes for the mind.

Read more »

Fortified Foods – The Good, The Bad, and The Useless

You’re at the grocery store and you face the choice of buying regular orange juice or the kind with added calcium and vitamin D. Which one should you pick? How about that milk with DHA for your toddler? Nowadays, it seems every food item has some extra nutrient added to it. But does it really make a difference?

Read more »

How to Avoid Weekend Weight Gain

Do you eat well during the week only to indulge a bit too much on the weekend? If so, you’re not alone. Research reveals that most people eat 230 to 350 more calories between Friday and Sunday compared to the rest of the week. Saturdays are actually the worst when it comes to overeating.

Read more »

It Takes a Town to Be Healthy

How healthy you are, or can hope to be, depends on multiple factors, including where you live. For example, if you call Minneapolis-St. Paul home, you breath cleaner air and will find it easier to exercise than almost anywhere else. Washington D.C. has the highest number of swimming pools, tennis courts, and recreational centers in the nation, and health care providers are abundant here. Denver has the lowest obesity rate among big cities and the highest percentage of residents who are in excellent or very good health.

Read more »

Boost Your Metabolism

You can’t walk by a magazine stand without seeing at least a dozen covers on how to boost your metabolism. And if you google the word “metabolism,” you’ll find over 85 million hits. Is all this just hype or can you really do something to help your body burn calories faster?

Read more »

Guest Contributors