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Diet's Blog (Page 38)

November 22, 2010 - 1:31pm

New York City is serious about trying to reduce rates of obesity and the expensive and debilitating conditions for which obesity raises risks. Its latest move? It is asking the USDA for a food stamp waiver for two years during which recipients would not be allowed to use their benefit cards to buy sodas.

I hardly know where to begin on this one. I learned about this from the front page of this morning's read full post »

November 22, 2010 - 1:29pm

Nestlé, the world's largest food company (no relation) has conducted periodic studies of infant feeding practices since 2002, no doubt to encourage sales of its Gerber products. The surveys—FITS (Feeding Infants and Nutrition) Studies—invariably show that Gerber baby foods would be better for babies than what they currently are fed.

The latest FITS results, says the Nestlé press release, "are startling."

• One-third of toddlers and 50 percent of preschoolers eat fast food at least once a week.

• One-quarter of families eat dinner together four or fewer nights each week.

• Half of two-year-olds and 60 percent of three-year-olds watch more than one hour of television each day.

• 17 percent of two-year-olds...

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November 17, 2010 - 11:15am

I’m a big believer that Thanksgiving is not a day to diet. Once a year, you get to gather ’round the table with family and friends, count your blessings and eat delicious holiday dishes to your heart’s content. (Find healthier takes for your favorite classic Thanksgiving recipes that will save you 1,273 calories—and you'll never taste the difference.)

I’m not saying you should go nuts and have three servings of turkey, four different types of potatoes and two slices of pie with double the whipped cream. But I do think that you should definitely go ahead and eat a little of everything you like.

That said, as someone who has a master’s degree in nutrition with a...

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November 12, 2010 - 11:06am

You may only know about probiotics (the so-called “good” bacteria that’s best known for being added to yogurt) from watching actress Jamie Lee Curtis tell all of America in a commercial that she regulates her digestion with a probiotic yogurt.

Related: Healthy Breakfasts with Yogurt

But probiotic products—mostly yogurts and other dairy-based beverages—have been popular in Europe for years (some of the grocery stores I’ve been in have a full aisle devoted to them). Since they’re becoming more popular in the U.S., I was curious: what does the research actually say about probiotics and digestion, weight loss, immunity and cancer?...

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November 10, 2010 - 12:24pm

I love so many things about fall:  apples, squash, hearty soups...and Pumpkin Spice Lattes from Starbucks. I’m sure that part of the appeal is that I can only get them at this time of year. (I like to eat in-season, what can I say?)

I can’t deny that they’re simply delicious: spicy and yet oh-so-sweet—so sweet, in fact, that I knew they couldn’t be low-cal. But I had no idea how shockingly high the actual calorie count of this seasonal sip can be if you order it in its full glory. I’m not talking a 20-ounce venti, just a pedestrian grande (16 oz.) with whole milk and whipped cream. The “grande” total: 410 calories, 17 grams of fat, 10 grams of saturated fat, 48 grams of sugars.

Enough to make me revise my order. Starbucks isn’t the only place where ordering...

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