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New Dietary Guidelines: What Changed & What Stayed the Same

dietary-guidelines-infographicLet me take you back to 1980. Pac-Man was king, the Post-It was brand new, and Blondie topped the charts. It was also the debut of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA).

Criticism of Added Sugars Labeling Consumer Research Is Off-Base

In recent days, some critics have attempted to refute concerns about the proposed addition of an “Added Sugars” line to the Nutrition Facts Label (NFL) on food packages. Some have gone as far as to say that they “don’t see any legitimacy” in those concerns and that “the evidence firmly backs” the underlying proposals.

Can Bias and Balance Coexist? [INFOGRAPHIC]

I love going to conferences. There's so much to learn and so many experts to learn from. Recently, I learned that that not everyone understands that not all research is created equal.

Take low-calorie sweeteners for example—much has been made of their role in health recently. Conflicting research findings have given media much to discuss and therefore given consumers much to consider. But is the evidence on low-calorie sweeteners really conflicting? Let’s take a look.

3 Things You Need to Know about the Latest Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Claims

The latest headlines could definitely make us panic about having the occasional soda. Because we recently dove into both junk science sins and how studies can get distorted in press releases, we knew we had to dig into the original research.

Friendly Fats: Are Americans wising up?

The 2015 Food & Health Survey is hot off the presses and has yielded some surprising results on dietary fats.

3 in 10 Americans have recently changed their opinion about the healthfulness of saturated fat (31%).fat-types

Cinco Reasons to Love Mexican Food for Cinco de Mayo

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

5/5/15: the fifth day of the fifth month of 2015. What a symmetrical date! No, this is not a math-focused piece, but I will give you five reasons to add more Mexican flare to your meals this year.

Today, I celebrate the rich food culture of our southern neighbor. Many of my favorite foods are found in Mexican cuisine. In fact, I'm not sure I could function without a daily dose of them. It could be my California roots, but I think the foods are just that good. I'm always on the lookout for ways to blend Mexican and American foods into one.

What Paying Taxes has to do with Your Diet

Happy Tax Day everyone!

savings-and-behavioral-economics

I hope you all enjoyed the perils of receipt sorting and reporting our 2014 home economics. This annual exercise has me thinking about economics too, but maybe not about the type of economics you’d expect. I’m thinking about behavioral economics- the reasoning we use to make numerous decisions every day.

Fats Friday: Marching on with Heart Health

To celebrate American Heart Month, our #FatsFriday February blog series has focused on the heart-boosting benefits of dietary fats—they’re not the villain once thought to be.

Fats Friday: Fatten Up Your Grill Game

grill-meatWho doesn’t love a backyard barbecue? This time of year, though,, Americans are more concerned with whiteouts than cookouts. Let’s forget about Old Man Winter for a minute—we’ve spent way too much time dealing with him lately. Let’s thaw out our thoughts in preparation for Spring. It’s nearly upon us and you know what that means. That’s right, it’s time to get your grill on.

Fats Friday: Spread Some Heart Health to Your Valentine

show-your-heart-some-spread-loveValentine’s Day is coming and you know what that means. That’s right, it’s time to show some love. An old proverb says the key to a man’s heart is through his stomach. The registered dietitian in me would agree, but with a few caveats: The key to our heart health is through our stomachs. Heart health isn’t just a men’s health issue—1 in 3 women die of heart disease and stroke.

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