10 Ways To Make The Healthiest Choice When You're At A Restaurant
Making food at home is a crucial part of healthy eating. But on some days (like Fri-Yays!), you just want a break from the stove to treat yourself to a delicious meal or a night out with friends that doesn’t require you to cook beforehand or clean up afterwards. However, restaurants present a challenge to anyone who wants to eat nutritious, filling food served in healthy portions.  Most restaurant meals have way more calories, two to three times more salt and more added sugars compared to foods prepared at home, and this goes for both sit down restaurants and fast food joints. But that doesn’t mean it&rsqu...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - March 3, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Learning From Others: How to Make School (Lunch) Great
Steve Jobs famously said: "we have always been shameless about stealing great ideas." In his latest documentary, Where To Invade Next, Michael Moore "invades" country after country, looking for lifestyles worth appropriating - so that he can plant the American flag upon them and bring them home. Of particular interest to me were his school visits. The French school dining experience Moore sits for a one-hour lunch in a French school cafeteria and is served a four-course meal, in real plates, with water in a real glass. He brings a can of Coke with him, and asks the kids if they ever drink that. None of them do, and none ar...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - March 2, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

10 ways to raise a healthy eater
Follow me at @drClaire As a pediatrician, I talk about healthy eating a lot — and I talk to a lot of families whose children do not have the best eating habits. It’s not that the parents are bad parents. Many, many good parents have children who like potato chips more than Brussel sprouts — and it’s a natural instinct to want to give children food they like, and to feel worried when they don’t eat the food in front of them. Eating habits are just that: habits. And habits can be not only taught, but changed. Here are 10 ways to set your child up for a lifetime of healthy eating and all the health benefits that bri...
Source: New Harvard Health Information - March 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Claire McCarthy, MD Tags: Children's Health Healthy Eating Parenting Source Type: news

If You Eat Any Fruits Or Vegetables At All, You're Doing Better Than Half Of America
If you’re feeling down about how you eat, consider this: if you eat about one cup of fruit and more than 1.5 cups of vegetables a day, you’re actually eating better than about half of all Americans. If you eat 1.5 cups of fruit (the recommended serving size for an adult), you’re doing better than more than three-fourths of Americans. And if you eat two cups of vegetables a day (another recommended serving size), that’s better than almost 90 percent of your neighbors. We say this not to put down our fellow Americans, but to point out that eating more fruits and vegetables is linked to lower rate...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - February 29, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

You Need to Know: Where the 2016 Presidential Candidates Stand on Food Policy
At this point in the campaign race, we know the candidates' beliefs on issues like war, immigration and Wall Street. But what about food? I wrangled all the information I could find--from tweets to votes--to see where the candidates stand on issues of food policy. Keep in mind, I'm not saying who's right or wrong, just pulling together quotes and votes to help us understand how each candidate views the issues. If I have noted "No public comment available" but you know of a public comment, please add it to the comments below with a link to the original source. Hillary Clinton On food security: Clinton has tweeted: "W...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - February 18, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

The Science Behind Frying Food Is Actually Pretty Interesting
Fried foods are delicious, wonderful, unhealthy (depending on who you ask) and mysterious. When you're chowing down on a fresh basket of french fries, you probably aren't giving much thought to exactly how that perfect consistency of crunchy outside and creamy inside is accomplished. Thanks to author and food scientist Harold McGee and this new video from PBS show "Mind of a Chef," we now have a better understanding of how frying food actually works. According to McGee, the real reason food is fried in oil -- aside from it being delicious -- is the fact that it can reach a much higher temperature than water ("to 40...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - February 2, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Yes, The Calorie Is Broken. Here's Why.
“For me, a calorie is a unit of measurement that’s a real pain in the rear.” Bo Nash is 38. He lives in Arlington, Texas, where he’s a technology director for a textbook publisher. And he’s 5’10” and 245 pounds – which means he is classed as obese. In an effort to lose weight, Nash uses an app to record the calories he consumes and a Fitbit band to track the energy he expends. These tools bring an apparent precision: Nash can quantify the calories in each cracker crunched and stair climbed. But when it comes to weight gain, he finds that not all calories are equal. How ...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - January 30, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Yes, The Calorie Is Broken. Here's Why.
“For me, a calorie is a unit of measurement that’s a real pain in the rear.” Bo Nash is 38. He lives in Arlington, Texas, where he’s a technology director for a textbook publisher. And he’s 5’10” and 245 pounds – which means he is classed as obese. In an effort to lose weight, Nash uses an app to record the calories he consumes and a Fitbit band to track the energy he expends. These tools bring an apparent precision: Nash can quantify the calories in each cracker crunched and stair climbed. But when it comes to weight gain, he finds that not all calories are equal. How ...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - January 30, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

High-flavonoid foods, like berries and apples, 'prevent weight gain'
ConclusionThis study found that people who ate more flavonoids, specifically anthocyanins (coming mainly from blueberries and strawberries), flavonoid polymers (from tea and apples), and flavonols (from tea and onions), gained less weight than those consuming less over a 24-year period. Every extra 10mg of anthocyanins, 138mg of flavonoid polymers, and 7mg of flavonols was linked to 70-100g less weight gained over four-year intervals. This isn’t a lot, but adds up over the years.Readers should be aware that cohort studies like this can find associations between consumption of certain food ingredients (like flavonoids) wi...
Source: NHS News Feed - January 29, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Food/diet Obesity Source Type: news

5 Hidden Superfoods to Eat Healthy in 2016
It's Jan. 2nd, you are serious about your New Year's resolution. In addition to getting in good shape, you start the year off eating healthy. You are doing extremely well until about Jan. 12th. By the second week of the year, you become tired of eating foods that taste like grass or wet cardboard. Due to the consumption of bland foods, your energy level is incredibly low, which results in exhaustion. Why can't we find foods that are healthy and tasty that gives us a boost of energy! I am a foodie, the type that will deliberately go looking for restaurants, even if it is hours away from my home. I'll do anything that wil...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - January 12, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Potatoes Tied to Higher Risk of Type 2 Diabetes; French Fries WorstPotatoes Tied to Higher Risk of Type 2 Diabetes; French Fries Worst
Study suggests that eating potatoes can increase the risk of type 2 diabetes, and replacing potatoes with whole grains can decrease this risk. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Diabetes Headlines)
Source: Medscape Diabetes Headlines - December 25, 2015 Category: Endocrinology Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology News Source Type: news

6 Surprising Foods and Drinks You Should Never Eat Together
Some foods play really well together. Take these 13 health-boosting food combos, for example. Their chemical compounds merge to create a turbo-charged nutritional symbiosis. It's a beautiful and tasty thing. Other foods, however, don't play so nice together—we're talking combos that leave you bloated, send blood sugar levels soaring, and dampen the absorption of important nutrients. Here, six pairings to avoid if you want to feel your best: Tea + milk "Black tea is rich in antioxidants that work to decrease inflammation that's linked to many chronic diseases, including heart disease and diabetes," says Alissa Rumsey, RD...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - December 11, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fries with a side of acrylamide
(American Society of Agronomy) French fry lovers, beware! You may be exposed to a chemical more commonly associated with heavy industry than crispy fried potatoes. Fortunately, researchers are finding ways to reduce that exposure. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - December 2, 2015 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Red Meat and Cancer: 6 Expert Nutrition Tips
Unless you've been hiding under a rock, you'll know that earlier this week the World Health Organization declared processed meat as definitively carcinogenic to humans and red meat as "probably" carcinogenic. As a nutritionist and an avid follower of dietary trends and analysis, I found this one interesting. Vegetarians and vegans rejoiced and the media cranked out a combination of sensationalist and alarmist headlines. Carnivores wept and twitter became the venue for massive amounts of bacon-related defiance and hilarity: @thepunningman "In your face, World Health Organisation. The bacon I bought this morning said it was ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - November 3, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Are you a pizza-holic? Some foods may be addictive
Pizza, French fries and ice cream may be the kinds of foods many of us love to indulge in after a night of drinking. But research earlier this year suggests we can actually have benders on these foods all by themselves, and it may even be a sign of a... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - October 25, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news