What's your favorite healthy meal? Don't tell us, show us! Enter our photo contest by uploading a picture of one (or more!) of your latest healthy creations to the LosingWell group gallery (which you can access on the main page of the LosingWell group in the right-hand column). Choose...read full post »
In a report likely to send shock waves through the dietary supplement industry, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released new Dietary Reference Intakes for vitamin D and calcium. The report summary (PDF) says Americans are getting all the vitamin D and calcium we need, and we do not need more:
The committee emphasizes that, with a few exceptions, all North Americans are receiving enough calcium and vitamin D. Higher levels have not been shown to confer greater benefits, and in fact, they have been linked to other health problems,...read full post »
If you’re eating with my husband and me you need to be quick to get what you want when it comes to certain foods. He’s a chunk hunter and I’m a cherry picker. His ice-cream-scooping power has laserlike accuracy when it comes to finding and extracting the delectable bits of sinfulness from cookie-, candy- and swirl-packed ice creams. When it comes to nuts, I like to scavenge around the nut bowl to pick out just the varieties I want to eat. (Yes, I’m that girl.)
Turns out my habit may have some health benefits. All nuts are packed with heart-healthy fats. But some picks rise about the rest in terms of nutrition benefits, as...read full post »
Wouldn’t it be great to walk through the supermarket and be able to identify the healthiest products at a glance? Without even turning the package over and looking at Nutrition Facts panels?
Well, of course the healthiest foods in the supermarkets often don’t come in packages at all: fresh fruits and vegetables. But for everything else, we rely on labels. And while Nutrition Facts labels are great and give consumers a great deal of useful information to guide their choices, they aren’t as visible as the companies’ marketing claims on the fronts of packages. Zooming through the supermarket, we can easily see that a box of cereal offers “IMMUNITY” to some unspecified disease … but we have to pick up the box and flip it around only to find that the cereal is high in sugar, low in fiber, and so on.
Front-of-package nutrition labeling is one...read full post »
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 »