Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D. http://www.eatingwell.com/taxonomy/term/803/all en 6 Things to Love About the (Proposed) 2015 U.S. Dietary Guidelines http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/health_blog/6_things_to_love_about_the_proposed_2015_us_dietary_guidelines <div><a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/health_blog/6_things_to_love_about_the_proposed_2015_us_dietary_guidelines" target="_blank"><img src="http://assets.eatingwell.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/148_148/portions_1_0.jpg" alt="6 Things to Love About the (Proposed) 2015 U.S. Dietary Guidelines Blog Post" title="6 Things to Love About the (Proposed) 2015 U.S. Dietary Guidelines Blog Post" border="0" width="148" height="148" /></a></div> <div><p>Every five years, the USDA releases the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (aka what we all should be eating). </p><p>In advance of the official release, an advisory committee publishes its suggestions for what should become the Dietary Guidelines. That report came out last week. </p></div> http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/health_blog/6_things_to_love_about_the_proposed_2015_us_dietary_guidelines#comments Health Blog Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D. Health Nutrition Wellness Multimedia & Tools - Blogs Wed, 25 Feb 2015 18:00:41 +0000 jessm23 285309 at http://www.eatingwell.com Should I be worried about arsenic in rice? http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/health_blog/should_i_be_worried_about_arsenic_in_rice <div><a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/health_blog/should_i_be_worried_about_arsenic_in_rice" target="_blank"><img src="http://assets.eatingwell.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/148_148/MCL_brown_rice_101811658_Peter_Ardito_cropped.jpg" alt="Should I be worried about arsenic in rice? Blog Post" title="Should I be worried about arsenic in rice? Blog Post" border="0" width="148" height="148" /></a></div> <div><p>The concern started in 2012 when Consumer Reports published its first report on arsenic in rice. Since then, it’s been making us think twice about too much risotto and sushi rolls. </p> <p>Arsenic is a natural element in water and soil. (It also comes from environmental contaminants.) And while many foods we eat contain some arsenic (from apple juice and beer to chicken), the concentration of arsenic tends to be higher in rice because rice absorbs it more readily than other plants do. </p></div> http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/health_blog/should_i_be_worried_about_arsenic_in_rice#comments Health Blog Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D. Food & health news Health Multimedia & Tools - Blogs Fri, 13 Feb 2015 20:57:05 +0000 suzie.qu_559209 285162 at http://www.eatingwell.com Could My Fitbit Make Me Fat? http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/diet_blog/could_my_fitbit_make_me_fat <div><a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/diet_blog/could_my_fitbit_make_me_fat" target="_blank"><img src="http://assets.eatingwell.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/148_148/MDP_16969_Moats.jpg" alt="Could My Fitbit Make Me Fat? Blog Post" title="Could My Fitbit Make Me Fat? Blog Post" border="0" width="148" height="148" /></a></div> <div><p>Ooh, the Fitbit. I’m completely addicted to mine. Thanks to my Fitbit, I’ve discovered I’m a bit of a sloth on nonexercise days. So now I’m the first person in my house to offer to run upstairs and grab whatever anyone needs. More steps!</p> <p>I say the Fitbit—and other wearable trackers—are so worth it because they make you aware of your activity level (or lack thereof) and motivate you to move more. </p> <p>There’s science to back me up, too: research shows that tracking your activity and/or being motivated to work out helps shed pounds.</p></div> http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/diet_blog/could_my_fitbit_make_me_fat#comments Diet Blog Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D. Diet Fitness Health Weight loss Multimedia & Tools - Blogs Wed, 07 Jan 2015 13:51:06 +0000 suzie.qu_559209 284850 at http://www.eatingwell.com Does 'Feed a Cold, Starve a Fever' Really Work? http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/health_blog/does_feed_a_cold_starve_a_fever_really_work <div><a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/health_blog/does_feed_a_cold_starve_a_fever_really_work" target="_blank"><img src="http://assets.eatingwell.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/148_148/SP4621_0.JPG" alt="Does &amp;#039;Feed a Cold, Starve a Fever&amp;#039; Really Work? Blog Post" title="Does &amp;#039;Feed a Cold, Starve a Fever&amp;#039; Really Work? Blog Post" border="0" width="148" height="148" /></a></div> <div><p>The thinking behind the old saying "feed a cold, starve a fever" goes like this: fasting causes a drop in body temperature, which helps to fight a high fever, while eating raises your temperature, warming you up if you have a cold and keeping your sniffles at bay. </p></div> http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/health_blog/does_feed_a_cold_starve_a_fever_really_work#comments Health Blog Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D. Health Wellness Multimedia & Tools - Blogs Tue, 28 Oct 2014 20:28:48 +0000 suzie.qu_559209 284353 at http://www.eatingwell.com Is Kale Bad for My Thyroid Health? http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/health_blog/is_kale_bad_for_my_thyroid_health <div><a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/health_blog/is_kale_bad_for_my_thyroid_health" target="_blank"><img src="http://assets.eatingwell.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/148_148/kale_colander_so11_Burris.jpg" alt="Is Kale Bad for My Thyroid Health? Blog Post" title="Is Kale Bad for My Thyroid Health? Blog Post" border="0" width="148" height="148" /></a></div> <div><p>Kale’s über-healthy reputation is in part thanks to the cancer-fighting compounds it boasts called glucosinolates. But there’s a compound within glucosinolates that interferes with your thyroid function—and some may worry that eating too much kale could hurt their thyroid and possibly even cause hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid). (<em>Why does that matter, you ask?</em> Your thyroid regulates many body functions—and top on the list is metabolism.) </p></div> http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/health_blog/is_kale_bad_for_my_thyroid_health#comments Health Blog Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D. Food & health news Health Nutrition Multimedia & Tools - Blogs Tue, 14 Oct 2014 17:11:08 +0000 suzie.qu_559209 284207 at http://www.eatingwell.com The MSG Myth: Are There Really Side Effects? http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/health_blog/the_msg_myth_are_there_really_side_effects <div><a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/health_blog/the_msg_myth_are_there_really_side_effects" target="_blank"><img src="http://assets.eatingwell.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/148_148/101374444_MSG_Blog.jpg" alt="The MSG Myth: Are There Really Side Effects? Blog Post" title="The MSG Myth: Are There Really Side Effects? Blog Post" border="0" width="148" height="148" /></a></div> <div><p>MSG—or monosodium glutamate—is a flavor enhancer used in savory foods, especially Asian foods. It contains sodium, but only a third of the amount that you’d get from the same amount of salt. </p> <p>MSG also includes glutamic acid (aka glutamate), an amino acid that’s found naturally in foods like tomatoes, mushrooms and soybeans and is the source of our fifth taste—umami. </p> <p>In fact, we eat about 13 grams of natural glutamate a day on average, compared to only around half a gram from MSG.</p> </div> http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/health_blog/the_msg_myth_are_there_really_side_effects#comments Health Blog Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D. Food & health news Health Nutrition Multimedia & Tools - Blogs Tue, 09 Sep 2014 15:14:01 +0000 suzie.qu_559209 283965 at http://www.eatingwell.com Is Thin the Only Way to be Healthy? http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/diet_blog/is_thin_the_only_way_to_be_healthy <div><a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/diet_blog/is_thin_the_only_way_to_be_healthy" target="_blank"><img src="http://assets.eatingwell.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/148_148/MCL_woman_measuring_tape_waist_101660467_scheidemann_3.jpg" alt="Is Thin the Only Way to be Healthy? Blog Post" title="Is Thin the Only Way to be Healthy? Blog Post" border="0" width="148" height="148" /></a></div> <div><p>Whether it is possible to be healthy and heavy has been an ongoing debate among health professionals. And for a while the research seemed to favor being fat <em>and</em> healthy. Last year, for example, a review study of nearly 100 studies, published in the <em>Journal of the American Medical Association</em>, looked at close to 3 million people and found that people who are overweight (defined as a BMI of 25 to 29.9) live longer than normal-weight folks. (Obese people, however, didn’t have a lower risk of premature death.) </p></div> http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/diet_blog/is_thin_the_only_way_to_be_healthy#comments Diet Blog Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D. Diet Health Weight loss Multimedia & Tools - Blogs Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:31:38 +0000 suzie.qu_559209 283466 at http://www.eatingwell.com Should I try the alkaline diet? http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/diet_blog/should_I_try_the_alkaline_diet <div><a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/diet_blog/should_I_try_the_alkaline_diet" target="_blank"><img src="http://assets.eatingwell.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/148_148/22993_0.jpg" alt="Should I try the alkaline diet? Blog Post" title="Should I try the alkaline diet? Blog Post" border="0" width="148" height="148" /></a></div> <div><p>Following the alkaline diet means eating mostly plants, limiting meat, skipping dairy, sweets, alcohol and caffeine and banishing processed food. Sounds like a healthy move, right?</p> </div> http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/diet_blog/should_I_try_the_alkaline_diet#comments Diet Blog Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D. Diet Eating green Food & health news Health Nutrition Wellness Multimedia & Tools - Blogs Wed, 04 Jun 2014 14:41:13 +0000 suzie.qu_559209 283105 at http://www.eatingwell.com The Best Diet You (Probably) Haven’t Tried http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/diet_blog/the_best_diet_you_probably_havent_tried <div><a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/diet_blog/the_best_diet_you_probably_havent_tried" target="_blank"><img src="http://assets.eatingwell.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/148_148/articles_licensing_20946.jpg" alt="The Best Diet You (Probably) Haven’t Tried Blog Post" title="The Best Diet You (Probably) Haven’t Tried Blog Post" border="0" width="148" height="148" /></a></div> <div><p><em>U.S. News &amp; World Report</em>’s Best Diets 2015, released earlier this week, ranked 35 diet plans. But the No. 1 diet may surprise you. The “Best Diets Overall” winner (for the fifth year in a row): the DASH diet.</p> </div> http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/diet_blog/the_best_diet_you_probably_havent_tried#comments Diet Blog Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D. Diet Health Nutrition Wellness Multimedia & Tools - Blogs Fri, 23 May 2014 13:50:12 +0000 Sarah Hoff 283036 at http://www.eatingwell.com Diet or Exercise: What's the Best Way to Lose Weight? http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/health_blog/diet_or_exercise_whats_the_best_way_to_lose_weight <div><a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/health_blog/diet_or_exercise_whats_the_best_way_to_lose_weight" target="_blank"><img src="http://assets.eatingwell.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/148_148/MCL_scale_101481790_packer_1.jpg" alt="Diet or Exercise: What&amp;#039;s the Best Way to Lose Weight? Blog Post" title="Diet or Exercise: What&amp;#039;s the Best Way to Lose Weight? Blog Post" border="0" width="148" height="148" /></a></div> <div><p>If you really want to see that number on the scale drop, what you put in your mouth matters most. People who simply cut calories to slim down lose about 2 pounds a week, says a study in the <em>International Journal of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorders</em>. At the same time, people who exercise but don’t restrict calories drop less than half a pound each week.</p> </div> http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/health_blog/diet_or_exercise_whats_the_best_way_to_lose_weight#comments Health Blog Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D. Diet Food & health news Good choices Health Nutrition Weight loss Wellness Multimedia & Tools - Blogs Wed, 05 Feb 2014 18:22:08 +0000 Nifer 281328 at http://www.eatingwell.com Best & worst energy drinks http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/health_blog/best_worst_energy_drinks <div><a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/health_blog/best_worst_energy_drinks" target="_blank"><img src="http://assets.eatingwell.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/148_148/energy_drink_opener_102089883_erica_allen.jpg" alt="Best &amp;amp; worst energy drinks Blog Post" title="Best &amp;amp; worst energy drinks Blog Post" border="0" width="148" height="148" /></a></div> <div><p>Energy drink sales are skyrocketing: from 2011 to 2012 they grew by 14 percent, a bigger jump than any other beverage category! That&rsquo;s not too surprising&mdash;who doesn&rsquo;t want to catch a second (or third) wind?</p> <p><strong>Don&rsquo;t Miss: <a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/eatingwell_energy_drink.html">The EatingWell Energy Drink</a></strong></p> <p>But are some drinks better than others? Here we take a look at the calories, sugar and caffeine in some of the most popular energy drinks on the market.</p></div> http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/health_blog/best_worst_energy_drinks#comments Health Blog Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D. Good choices Health Product reviews Multimedia & Tools - Blogs Wed, 22 Jan 2014 17:53:19 +0000 Nifer 281194 at http://www.eatingwell.com Ask the Nutritionist: Krill Oil vs. Fish Oil? http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/health_blog/ask_the_nutritionist_krill_oil_vs_fish_oil <div><a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/health_blog/ask_the_nutritionist_krill_oil_vs_fish_oil" target="_blank"><img src="http://assets.eatingwell.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/148_148/102168275_krill_oil_310.jpg" alt="Ask the Nutritionist: Krill Oil vs. Fish Oil? Blog Post" title="Ask the Nutritionist: Krill Oil vs. Fish Oil? Blog Post" border="0" width="148" height="148" /></a></div> <div><h3>Find out whether there are health benefits to taking krill oil instead of fish oil and whether you should take a krill oil supplement.</h3> <br /> <p>As its name implies, krill oil is oil extracted from krill—tiny sea-dwelling crustaceans—and made into a soft-gel capsule. Krill are a rich source of DHA and EPA, omega-3 fats that promote heart and brain health and reduce inflammation. </p></div> http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/health_blog/ask_the_nutritionist_krill_oil_vs_fish_oil#comments Health Blog Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D. Food & health news Health Nutrition Wellness Multimedia & Tools - Blogs Fri, 03 Jan 2014 15:52:16 +0000 Stefan_20 280812 at http://www.eatingwell.com The real truth about how food labels affect the food we choose and buy http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/health_blog/the_real_truth_about_how_food_labels_affect_the_food_we_choose_and_buy <div><a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/health_blog/the_real_truth_about_how_food_labels_affect_the_food_we_choose_and_buy" target="_blank"><img src="http://assets.eatingwell.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/148_148/102114346_nutrition_label_0.jpg" alt="The real truth about how food labels affect the food we choose and buy Blog Post" title="The real truth about how food labels affect the food we choose and buy Blog Post" border="0" width="148" height="148" /></a></div> <div><p>Next time you open your pantry, take a closer look at the packaging of your food.</p> <p>You probably see a cacophony of health claims and healthy&ndash;sounding words: High in protein! With omega&ndash;3 fatty acids! Contains probiotics! High in calcium! Whole wheat! High fiber! Gluten&ndash;free! All&ndash;natural! Organic!</p></div> http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/health_blog/the_real_truth_about_how_food_labels_affect_the_food_we_choose_and_buy#comments Health Blog Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D. Good choices Health Nutrition Wellness Multimedia & Tools - Blogs Wed, 20 Nov 2013 15:33:05 +0000 Nifer 279732 at http://www.eatingwell.com Why Kraft Cutting Food Dyes is Such Great News & 4 Ways to Avoid Them http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/food_news_blog/why_kraft_cutting_food_dyes_is_such_great_news_4_ways_to_avoid_them <div><a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/food_news_blog/why_kraft_cutting_food_dyes_is_such_great_news_4_ways_to_avoid_them" target="_blank"><img src="http://assets.eatingwell.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/148_148/100445858_Moats_Blaine_macandcheese.jpg" alt="Why Kraft Cutting Food Dyes is Such Great News &amp;amp; 4 Ways to Avoid Them Blog Post" title="Why Kraft Cutting Food Dyes is Such Great News &amp;amp; 4 Ways to Avoid Them Blog Post" border="0" width="148" height="148" /></a></div> <div><p>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.) </p></div> http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/food_news_blog/why_kraft_cutting_food_dyes_is_such_great_news_4_ways_to_avoid_them#comments Food News Blog Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D. Food & health news Health Healthy kids Multimedia & Tools - Blogs Fri, 01 Nov 2013 15:16:56 +0000 Stefan_20 279514 at http://www.eatingwell.com Which is better for digestion after a big meal: taking a walk or drinking a digestif? http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/health_blog/which_is_better_for_digestion_after_a_big_meal_taking_a_walk_or_drinking_a_digestif <div><a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/health_blog/which_is_better_for_digestion_after_a_big_meal_taking_a_walk_or_drinking_a_digestif" target="_blank"><img src="http://assets.eatingwell.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/148_148/20761.jpg" alt="Which is better for digestion after a big meal: taking a walk or drinking a digestif? Blog Post" title="Which is better for digestion after a big meal: taking a walk or drinking a digestif? Blog Post" border="0" width="148" height="148" /></a></div> <div><p>No-brainer—walk it out! And that’s not just because strutting your stuff will burn some of the calories you ate. Scientists actually put both options to the test.</p></div> http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/health_blog/which_is_better_for_digestion_after_a_big_meal_taking_a_walk_or_drinking_a_digestif#comments Health Blog Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D. Diet Fitness Health Multimedia & Tools - Blogs Thu, 31 Oct 2013 15:26:34 +0000 Stefan_20 279495 at http://www.eatingwell.com