food

A Gene for Smelling Asparagus in Urine?

November 26, 2013

Throughout this semester, I have enjoyed delving deeper into the science behind important health research and blogging about it. Most of the time, research provides insight and implications for improving health in the real world. However, sometimes science findings are just, for lack of a better word, weird. For example, in the past several years, […]

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Unpacking the FDA’s New Trans Fat Ban

November 19, 2013

Trans fat has been a buzz word for the past decade or so. Most people have probably heard that trans fat is bad for their health and some may have heard of efforts by the FDA to curb trans fat consumption. Most recently, on November 7th, the FDA issued a preliminary ruling that it will […]

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Color Coding Food Choices

October 21, 2013

The obesity epidemic in the United States is a public health issue that has been discussed extensively over the last few years. Tackling this issue has been difficult because there is no single cause of obesity. It seems that part of the problem for many people is the quantity/quality of the food we eat. Following […]

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Your Heart on Sodium – How important is it to lower sodium consumption?

September 24, 2013

A recent study looked at the effects of sodium consumption among people who are at a high risk of 4 main heart problems: heart attacks, stroke, congestive heart failure, and death from heart-related problems. The researchers found that moderate levels of dietary sodium may actually be safer than the low levels recommended by health officials. Sodium […]

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Wanna get high?

August 28, 2013

As a curious (and, often naïve) teenager, I can remember being shocked at how a small amount of powder, pill, or plant had the potent ability to transform someone’s mood. Melancholy to euphoria in minutes was the idea. As an athlete, I was fortunate to find that this feeling could be achieved through exercise, and without […]

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Fasting for Mental Health: Does it Work?

April 10, 2013

Did you eat breakfast today? How about last night? Probably you had dinner too? Great! As a nutritionist I am always ready to tell you not to skip meals. Lately, however, I’ve been considering just the opposite. I’m talking about deliberately avoiding food through fasting. This ancient practice has been revered for ages as a […]

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Your Eating Habits: The Surprising Details that Make a Difference

March 29, 2013

A long day at work?  Too exhausted to even step foot in the kitchen?  Treat yourself to a night of self-indulgence with a meal that surprises, satisfies, and comforts your taste buds.  The enticing aromas of roasted garlic and fresh herbs tickle your senses the moment you enter Eatopia. Drooling yet? Foodelphia’s newest farm-fresh eatery […]

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Food Marketing: Not Quite a Gender Neutral Zone

March 22, 2013

As I sat down to watch a little tube the other day, I couldn’t help but notice the blatant marketing of certain foods towards males or females.  Ladies: eat Special K cereal and you’ll drop a pant size.  Fellas: drink Muscle Milk and you’ll turn into an elite athlete.  But, men also eat cereal and […]

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Don’t Blame The Turkey: The Myth of Turkey and Tryptophan

November 22, 2012

If you’ve made it this far on this glorious Thanksgiving Day, presumably you have managed to not a)  spice up the stuffing with a touch of  listeria, salmonella or campylobacter, b)  blow your house up with poorly placed turkey fryer,  c) succumb to the latest craze of “Black Thursday” (because, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday […]

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