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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Is there a fast track to physical health?

April 12, 2013

Let’s think back to Tuesday, when my classmate Katie Muir wrote on the effects of fasting on mental health (you’ll have to read her post to get all of the brainy details).  After covering all of the potential benefits and concerns that fasting could have on the mind, I figured it was only appropriate to […]

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The Power of Color: How it influences our perceptions of what is “healthy”

April 6, 2013

What do you think of when you see (or hear the word) “green”? We associate colors with certain moods, behaviors and events. The associations we have about colors, especially green, are almost automatic – “being green”, recycling, the environment, Al Gore etc. We also have a learned response to colors. Green = go. Yellow = […]

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Kombucha the “Wonderdrink”

March 6, 2013

Everyone knows that drinking tea is good for your health but wouldn’t it be great if there were a way to make it even healthier? Well actually, there is! (Spoiler alert, it’s a fungus!) For centuries, and depending on where you lived, the answer to all that ailed you may have been the so-called miracle drink Kombucha. In […]

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To cook, or not to cook, that is the question.

March 1, 2013

Fad diets are no new player in the weight loss scene (the Atkins diet was originally written in the 70’s!), but this sure doesn’t mean that they’ve lost any steam.  From the HCG Diet to South Beach, a vast spectrum of ways to transform your current physique from “flab” to “FAB” have been proposed.  While […]

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A Paleo Primer

February 27, 2013

It seems that at times we all yearn for the past. Whether we are wishing we could eat like we did when we were teenagers or perhaps even feeling like we belong in an earlier time period, the past has a way of seeming idyllic. Although, not many people yearn for the stone-age lifestyle, that […]

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Licking the Salt Habit: When it May Have Started and What You Can Do About it.

February 26, 2013

You’re at the movies, waiting in line at the concession stand. What’s it going to be? The salty bag of popcorn or the Sour Patch Kids, or no wait…how about those savory Reece’s Pieces? Evidence says some will go for the salty popcorn every time.  What is it about taste preferences that make some people […]

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The High Cost of Drinking

February 23, 2013

It’s been 12 hours since my last drink. I was at a family gathering, when I saw a 48 pack on the floor, barely touched. Waiting. Just for me. I’ll admit, I snuck one in my purse. I don’t remember when I started drinking – at least 15 years ago. My parents never approved. Until […]

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Zombie by Day, Owl by Night–Why sleeping preference may be problematic for your waistline.

February 19, 2013

Ever wonder where the terms lark and night owl came from? If you were to ask someone whether or not they would prefer to wake up at 6 AM, it’s likely they will answer with a definitive yes or no. This difference in sleep preference has to do with what scientists call our biological clock. […]

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The ABC’s of Vitamin C and the Common Cold

February 7, 2013

We all grew up with our parents telling us to wash our hands, stay home from school, drink plenty of water and get a good night’s rest to fight off the common cold, but it seems that now-a-days in our fast-paced world that people have adopted to the practice of slamming orange juice and Vitamin […]

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Michigan Winters: Beyond the Dry Skin and Face Masks

February 5, 2013

It’s winter, it’s Michigan, and the weekly forcast is unchanging: Cloudy, chance of snow showers, high of 23 degrees. As the motivation to get outside steadily declines because of windchill factors and frostbite warnings, you might want to consider something else this season–are you getting enough vitamin D? If you live in Michigan during the months […]

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Can You OD on Water?

February 4, 2013

It may seem like a silly question, since water is probably one of the safest things you can drink, and drowning isn’t technically an overdose. It’s certainly not the sort of frippery that you’d expect to kick off Mind the Science Gap’s winter 2013 season (Welcome back!). After all, it’s water. Well, as any toxicologist worth […]

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Can it! A case for canned foods

October 26, 2012

Buy local. Fresh is best. Get your vitamins. Eat your greens. Pass on preservatives. We hear messages all of the time about what to eat and what not to eat. But, in reality, healthful eating is not as simple as knowing “what’s good for you.” The truth is that a whole variety of factors influence […]

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