Yesterday Kraft announced that they'll be phasing out the use of Yellow 5 and 6 in some of their packaged mac-and-cheeses, specifically their character-shaped pastas (SpongeBob Squarepants, Halloween and winter shapes, plus two other new shapes) and instead will color them with spices such as paprika. (Their “original flavor” elbow-shaped macaroni won't be changed.)
Some say the switch was spurred by a Change.org petition that garnered 348,000 signatures, though Kraft denies it. Regardless of what motivated the swap, it's great news! Yellow 5 and 6 are two of the most commonly used synthetic food dyes and contain compounds that research has linked with cancer and that may cause allergic reactions in some people. And, in 2011, the FDA said that although there isn't enough evidence to conclude that...read full post »
Protein is a must-have nutrient: your body uses it to generate and repair cells. And the building blocks of protein—called amino acids—are needed to build muscle, make antibodies and keep your immune system going. Compared to fat and carbs, protein packs a bigger punch when it comes to filling you up and keeping you satisfied.
But don’t worry that you’re not getting enough of this powerhouse nutrient. Protein malnutrition is nearly nonexistent in the U.S. In fact, most of us eat more than we need: women get, on average, 69 grams of protein per day. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommends women get 46 grams daily (that’s equal to about 6 ounces of chicken). Men need 56...read full post »
I work hard for every pound of weight I lose (and those last few post-baby pounds this year were stuh-born). And I’m sure you do, too, so the notion that something beyond pure willpower is derailing our efforts to shed pounds is downright infuriating. To that end, here are 3 diet “wreckers” to be aware of. Don’t let them erase all your dieting hard work.
Diet wrecker #1: Having a morning snack.
People who didn’t snack between breakfast and lunch lost nearly 5 percent more weight (an average of 7½ more pounds) over a year than morning snackers in a 2011 Journal of the American Dietetic Association study. Since breakfast and lunch can be only a few hours apart, researchers suspect that most morning snacks are fueled out of habit rather than hunger—and generally amount to mindless eating. So forgo your morning...
I love that many restaurants and food chains offer up nutrition information—on the actual menu or on their company website. I like knowing that scrumptious-sounding salad is actually a healthy choice or if the dessert I'm eyeing will blow my calorie budget.
But some restaurants don't offer nutrition information. And, according to a recent study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, the average meal at an independent or small chain restaurant is 1,300 calories. (At least in Boston, where the study was conducted.) Some even delivered 2,000 or more calories. Yikes!
So how can I—and you...read full post »
Don’t be fooled by the book title. The FastDiet (Atria, 2013), by Dr. Michael Mosley and Mimi Spencer, doesn’t call for a total fast—or eating quickly. Also known as the 5:2 diet, it has you adopt a lifelong pattern of fasting two days a week and being “gloriously free from calorie counting” for five days. On those two fasting days, you can eat 500 or 600 calories—for women and men, respectively.
The promise is steady weight loss (about a pound per week). And in theory you don’t pig out on your eat-what-you-want days because your stomach shrinks and can’t handle large volumes of food. The added benefit is better health. The science supporting fasting is growing: research findings from lab animals suggest intermittent fasting may lower your risk of cancer, delay the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s and improve your body’s sensitivity to...read full post »