Nicci Micco's Blog (Page 11)

July 26, 2010 - 11:43am

What can you do when your kid refuses to eat the very foods he needs most? As a nutrition expert, I know that the correct answer is to keep introducing them. As a mom, I know that technique alone doesn’t always work. Sometimes, when it doesn’t, the “spoonful of sugar” method—pairing the rejected food with something the kid likes—does.

Related Link: 5 “Bad” Foods You Should Be Eating

Last month, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee—a group of independent scientists that advises the government on what America’s eating goals should be—identified that both children and adults need to be getting more calcium, vitamin D, potassium...

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July 23, 2010 - 12:01pm

Blockbusters and air conditioning make going to the movie theater one of my favorite summer indulgences. But the treats at the concession stand can turn an afternoon of laughs into a calorie-and fat-laden horror show. For example, if you go wild and order the biggest popcorn, a large soda and then eat half your friends’ M&Ms, you could consume nearly 2,400 calories—that’s like eating nearly an entire large Pizza Hut pepperoni pizza by yourself. Considering that most people don’t need more than 2,000 calories a day, that’s going way overboard, especially when you consider the amount of saturated fat and sugars you’ve also consumed.

I won’t suggest that you don’t buy any snacks at the movie theater—that’s just not realistic and you wouldn’t listen anyway (I...

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June 21, 2010 - 12:05pm

I was happy that Penelope Slade-Sawyer, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), openly recognized the severity of America’s obesity epidemic when she said, “Obesity is the single greatest threat to public health in this century,” as she released a new report by 13 of the country’s top scientists last week. Get EatingWell’s 4-week meal plan for a slimmer you here.

Every five years, HHS and the USDA publish the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which basically tell us what we should be eating. To advise them on what these nutrition “rules” should be, the Secretaries of these two agencies appoint a committee...

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April 13, 2010 - 4:35pm

On April 9, the folks at reported that they’d contacted Princeton researcher Bart Hoebel to address objections raised by physiologist Karen Teff, P.h.D of the Monell Chemical Senses Center in my previous blog post about Hoebel’s new study on high-fructose corn syrup causing weight gain in rats. In fact, we’d posted Dr. Hoebel’s comments on our site 8 days earlier on April 1. If you missed Hoebel’s response, here it is below.

(And if you...

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April 7, 2010 - 12:02pm

What’s your escape from a bad day? A massage? A walk with the dog? Or a pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream? At one time or another, most of us have turned to food to soothe a negative mood. I know I have. And even celebrities do it too. But where does one draw the line between eating occasional treats to cheer up—and the type of bingeing for which you should seek help? American Idol judge, songwriter and music producer Kara DioGuardi recently has been talking about her struggle with binge eating disorder (BED), which is characterized by eating large amounts of food—not out of hunger but for emotional reasons—and feeling out of control while doing it. Could you be struggling with...

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