Emily Sohn http://www.eatingwell.com/taxonomy/term/849/all en 3 Everyday Tips for Immune Support http://www.eatingwell.com/nutrition_health/immunity/3_everyday_tips_for_immune_support <div class="field field-type-text field-field-original-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3 Everyday Strategies to Boost Your Immunity </div> </div> </div> <p>You already know you need to eat well to stay healthy, but scientists are now zeroing in on specific diet strategies that can help bolster immunity. With cold and flu season right around the corner, here are three to add to your arsenal.</p><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Emily Sohn </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stay healthy with these 3 immune boosters. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-large"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_large" width="630" height="208" alt="" src="http://bed56888308e93972c04-0dfc23b7b97881dee012a129d9518bae.r34.cf1.rackcdn.com/sites/default/files/immunity_foods_2_630.jpg?1284053034" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-standard"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_standard" width="310" height="310" alt="" src="http://bed56888308e93972c04-0dfc23b7b97881dee012a129d9518bae.r34.cf1.rackcdn.com/sites/default/files/orange_blue_310.jpg?1284052982" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-publication"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> September/October 2010 </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-related1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-relatedtitle1"> <div class="field-label">Related Content Title 1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> More Immunity-Boosting Recipes and Tips </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-relatedlinks1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/nutrition_health/immunity/immune_boosting_superfoods">Immune-Boosting Superfoods</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/recipes_menus/collections/healthy_immunity_recipes">Healthy Immunity Recipes </a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/nutrition_health/healthy_immunity_center">Healthy Immunity Center</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/recipes_menus/recipe_slideshows/grab_go_high_fiber_breakfasts">Grab &amp; Go High-Fiber Breakfasts</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/nutrition_health/nutrition_news_information/the_new_vitamin_d_debate">The New Vitamin D Debate</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/recipes_menus/recipe_slideshows/quick_low_calorie_dinner_recipes">Quick Low-Calorie Dinner Recipes</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.eatingwell.com/nutrition_health/immunity/3_everyday_tips_for_immune_support#comments Emily Sohn September/October 2010 Diet, Nutrition & Health - Immunity Wed, 18 Aug 2010 18:38:15 +0000 Erin McCormick 16292 at http://www.eatingwell.com Can Your Multivitamin Help You Slim Down? http://www.eatingwell.com/nutrition_health/weight_loss_diet_plans/diet_reports_information/can_your_multivitamin_help_you <p>There’s still no magic pill for weight loss, but taking a multivitamin might be the secret to a slimmer you. </p> <p>In a new study of more than 85 obese women in China, those who took a multivitamin (with 29 vitamins and minerals, much like a “one-a-day” you find on store shelves), while continuing to eat their normal diets, lost an average of about three and a half pounds over six months. Those who took a placebo lost nothing.</p> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Emily Sohn </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New science suggests taking a multivitamin may help you lose weight. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-large"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_large" width="629" height="227" alt="" src="http://bed56888308e93972c04-0dfc23b7b97881dee012a129d9518bae.r34.cf1.rackcdn.com/sites/default/files/vitamins_630.jpg?1276890078" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-publication"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> July/August 2010 </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-related1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-relatedtitle1"> <div class="field-label">Related Content Title 1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Related Recipes and Articles </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-relatedlinks1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/nutrition_health/weight_loss_diet_plans/diet_reports_information/boost_fiber_to_slim_down">Boost Fiber to Slim Down</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/nutrition_health/nutrition_news_information/do_you_need_a_customized_multivitamin">Do You Need a Customized Multivitamin?</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/nutrition_health/healthy_aging/can_vitamin_c_save_your_skin">Can Vitamin C Save Your Skin?</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/nutrition_health/weight_loss_diet_plans/diet_exercise_tips/6_secrets_to_losing_weight">6 Secrets to Losing Weight</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.eatingwell.com/nutrition_health/weight_loss_diet_plans/diet_reports_information/can_your_multivitamin_help_you#comments Emily Sohn July/August 2010 Fri, 18 Jun 2010 19:43:48 +0000 Paula Joslin 16024 at http://www.eatingwell.com Watch Out for These Foods That Make You Eat More http://www.eatingwell.com/nutrition_health/weight_loss_diet_plans/diet_reports_information/foods_that_make_you_eat_more <div class="field field-type-text field-field-original-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> My Big Fat Hangover </div> </div> </div> <p>Splurging on greasy, fatty foods can rev your appetite for days afterwards, according to recent research in the Journal of Clinical Investigation. </p> <p>The findings—which may explain why you feel extra hungry after a weekend of eating pizza, burgers and cheesy fries—hearkens back to a time when our ancestors had to feast on fatty foods, such as meat, whenever it became available because they didn’t know when the next successful hunt would come. </p><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Emily Sohn </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Why do we feel hungrier after too much greasy food? 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Recently, a major heart journal and a major periodontal journal simultaneously published a consensus paper that outlines the link between the two diseases (inflammation) and urges both types of doctors to look at the body as a whole rather than a set of unrelated parts.</p> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Emily Sohn </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Protect your heart by taking care of your gums. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-standard"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_standard" width="310" height="310" alt="" src="http://bed56888308e93972c04-0dfc23b7b97881dee012a129d9518bae.r34.cf1.rackcdn.com/sites/default/files/raisins_310.jpg?1260549751" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_standard" width="310" height="319" alt="" src="http://bed56888308e93972c04-0dfc23b7b97881dee012a129d9518bae.r34.cf1.rackcdn.com/sites/default/files/tea.jpg?1259792518" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_standard" width="310" height="310" alt="" src="http://bed56888308e93972c04-0dfc23b7b97881dee012a129d9518bae.r34.cf1.rackcdn.com/sites/default/files/toothpaste_310.jpg?1262728780" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_standard" width="310" height="310" alt="" src="http://bed56888308e93972c04-0dfc23b7b97881dee012a129d9518bae.r34.cf1.rackcdn.com/sites/default/files/floss_310.jpg?1297720355" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-publication"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> January/February 2010 </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-related1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-relatedtitle1"> <div class="field-label">Related Content Title 1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Related Healthy Recipe Collections </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-relatedlinks1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/recipes_menus/collections/heart_healthy_diet">Heart-Healthy Diet Recipes and Menus</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/recipes_menus/collections/healthy_whole_grains_recipes">Healthy Whole-Grains Recipes and Cooking Tips</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-related2"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-relatedtitle2"> <div class="field-label">Related Content Title 2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Related Articles </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-relatedlinks2"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/nutrition_health/heart_health/inflammatory_foods">Inflammatory Foods</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/nutrition_health/heart_health/10_steps_to_heart_health">10 Steps to Heart Health</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/nutrition_health/heart_health/heart_healthy_diet_ask_the_expert">Heart-Healthy Diet: Ask the Expert</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/nutrition_health/heart_healthy_diet_center">Heart-Healthy Diet Center</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.eatingwell.com/nutrition_health/heart_health/3_foods_for_healthy_gums_hearts#comments Emily Sohn January/February 2010 Wed, 02 Dec 2009 22:23:27 +0000 Sarah Hoff 15271 at http://www.eatingwell.com Reset Your Appetite Alarm http://www.eatingwell.com/nutrition_health/nutrition_news_information/reset_your_appetite_alarm <div class="field field-type-text field-field-original-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Reset Your Appetite Alarm </div> </div> </div> <p>Does flying across time zones or working the night shift have you mixing up your days and nights? A new study suggests there may be an easy fix: a food fast. By taking a long break from eating, you may be able to "trick" your body into acclimating to the new schedule—immediately—explains Clifford Saper, M.D., Ph.D., study researcher and a neurologist at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.</p> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Emily Sohn </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Traveling across time zones? New work schedule? Research suggests you can &quot;trick&quot; your body to get acclimated faster. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-standard"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_standard" width="225" height="225" alt="" src="http://bed56888308e93972c04-0dfc23b7b97881dee012a129d9518bae.r34.cf1.rackcdn.com/sites/default/files/5697reset_alarm225.jpg?1250869380" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-publication"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> January/February 2009 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Does flying across time zones or working the night shift have you mixing up your days and nights? A new study suggests there may be an easy fix: a food fast. By taking a long break from eating, you may be able to "trick" your body into acclimating to the new schedule—immediately—explains Clifford Saper, M.D., Ph.D., study researcher and a neurologist at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.</p> <p>Our bodies rely on external cues—sunlight, darkness—to regulate internal patterns (called circadian rhythms) that tell us when to feel tired or when to wake up. This sort of "clock" can only change in small increments each day, which presents a problem for shift workers and frequent travelers. As a result, it can take days for your brain to get the message that your "hours of operation" have changed significantly. For travelers, it's about a day for every time zone crossed.</p> <p>Since the 1920s, scientists have known that mice have a secondary "clock" that responds not to light, but to food: when food is available, they are alert and awake. Switching from "light-dependent clock" to "food clock" occurs when mice are re-introduced to food after a long period of deprivation. Eating causes a cascade of signals in the brain that activates the switch. And the transition happens immediately.</p> <p> In this latest study, published in Science, Saper and his colleagues were able to pinpoint the "food clock" location in the mouse brain (an area called the dorsomedial hypothalamic nucleus). And as it turns out, people have brain circuitry similar to mice's, so even though scientists have yet to find evidence of a food clock in humans, Saper says, it's possible that playing with our eating schedules could help us adjust to new time zones and shift work. He, for one, plans to give it a shot on his next trip. "I think it's worth trying and it's not that hard to do," says Saper.</p> <p>Reset your clock. Don't eat for about 16 hours. If you're traveling, it's easiest to fast on your trip (you might need to start before you leave) and eat when you get to your new destination to help set your clock to the new time zone. If you're transitioning from one work shift to another, adjust your eating schedule so that you can break your 16-hour fast before you start your next shift.</p> </div> </div> </div> http://www.eatingwell.com/nutrition_health/nutrition_news_information/reset_your_appetite_alarm#comments Emily Sohn January/February 2009 Diet, Nutrition & Health - Nutrition News & Information Fri, 21 Aug 2009 15:44:36 +0000 Nifer 10230 at http://www.eatingwell.com The Secret To Better Memory http://www.eatingwell.com/nutrition_health/healthy_aging/the_secret_to_better_memory <p>Fat, suggests a new study, may be the secret to remembering important things—like where you put your keys or how to navigate one-way streets to a favorite restaurant.</p> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Emily Sohn </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Can’t find your keys? Eat a little fat. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-standard"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_standard" width="310" height="310" alt="" src="http://bed56888308e93972c04-0dfc23b7b97881dee012a129d9518bae.r34.cf1.rackcdn.com/sites/default/files/nuts_keys_310.jpg?1251494151" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-publication"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> September/October 2009 </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-related1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-relatedtitle1"> <div class="field-label">Related Content Title 1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Related Recipes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-relatedlinks1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/recipes/edamame_nibbles.html">Edamame Nibbles</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/recipes/chocolate_nut_butter_bites.html">Chocolate &amp; Nut Butter Bites</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/recipes/sardines_on_crackers.html">Sardines on Crackers</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/recipes/gorp.html">Gorp</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/recipes_menus/collections/healthy_mind_and_memory">Recipes for a Healthy Mind and Memory</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/recipes_menus/collections/healthy_walnut_recipes">Healthy Walnut Recipes &amp; Tips</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/recipes_menus/collections/healthy_salmon_recipes">Healthy Salmon Recipes and Cooking Tips</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-related2"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-relatedtitle2"> <div class="field-label">Related Content Title 2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> More on Healthy Mind and Memory </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-relatedlinks2"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/nutrition_health/healthy_aging/how_to_feed_your_mind">How to Feed Your Mind</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/nutrition_health/healthy_aging/eat_for_a_sharper_mind_5_brain_boosting_foods">Eat for a Sharper Mind: 5 Brain-Boosting Foods</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/nutrition_health/weight_loss_diet_plans/diet_reports_information/is_dieting_a_brain_drain">Is Dieting a Brain Drain?</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Fat, suggests a new study, may be the secret to remembering important things—like where you put your keys or how to navigate one-way streets to a favorite restaurant. </p> <p>The link between eating fat and retaining memories was once a survival tool: when our ancestors found a source of nourishing food, it was helpful to remember how to get back for more. Research published in a May 2009 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences hints at the science behind the connection. When digesting fats that contain oleic acid—a “good” monounsaturated fatty acid found in olive oil, fish, nuts and soybeans—the small intestine produces a molecule called oleoylethanolamide (OEA). OEA binds to a receptor in the gut, which sends signals to the brain. </p> <p>One of these signals ends up in a part of the brain called the hypothalamus, where it conveys a satisfying sense of fullness. A second message, according to the study, winds up in the amygdala, the almond-shaped center of the brain where emotionally charged memories are cemented into long-term memories (think: your wedding or where you were on September 11, 2001). </p> <p>Daniele Piomelli, Ph.D., Pharm.D., and his colleagues at the University of California, Irvine, injected rats with OEA just after the animals had learned to master two challenges—one spatial, one emotional. The rodents had to find a submerged platform in cloudy water and then avoid a room where they were shocked. They were twice as likely to remember both solutions 48 hours after receiving OEA. </p> <p>“A foraging animal needs to remember not just that it’s eating a nice avocado in the forest,” says Piomelli. “It needs to remember to make a right or left turn at the third branch, not the fourth,” to find it again. </p> <p>Piomelli’s preliminary results suggest that OEA might help people form these same sorts of memories, but more research is needed to say for sure. The relationship is complex, and OEA is far from the only piece of the puzzle, says Eleftheria Maratos-Flier, M.D., an endocrinologist at Harvard Medical School. “[OEA] probably plays a role, but it’s small.”</p> <p>Still, with a newly clarified picture of how OEA works, scientists hope to develop drugs that might improve memory and treat brain disorders, such as Alzheimer’s. </p> <p>In the meantime, it can’t hurt to eat nuts, salmon, vegetable oils and other sources of healthy fats. They’re good for you and they might help you to remember, especially if you eat them right before an experience you don’t want to forget. Fat starts being absorbed—and OEA is at its peak—10 to 20 minutes after a meal. It’s then, says Piomelli, that your gut and brain are primed to strengthen memories.</p> </div> </div> </div> http://www.eatingwell.com/nutrition_health/healthy_aging/the_secret_to_better_memory#comments Emily Sohn September/October 2009 Healthy Aging Diet, Nutrition & Health - Healthy Aging Tue, 11 Aug 2009 21:03:33 +0000 Penelope Wall 9414 at http://www.eatingwell.com Chewing Gum Conundrum http://www.eatingwell.com/nutrition_health/nutrition_news_information/chewing_gum_conundrum <p>Teachers may outlaw chewing gum in class: it sticks to desks and hair, not to mention that bubble-blowing is a big taboo. But the sticky stuff is gaining ground as a potentially good-for-you treat. Preliminary research suggests that regular chewing can help you remember names, make you thinner, whiten teeth, and more. Just last year, the Wrigley Company formed the Wrigley Science Institute to fund gum studies around the world.</p> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Emily Sohn </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Is chewing gum good for your health? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-standard"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_standard" width="310" height="310" alt="" src="http://bed56888308e93972c04-0dfc23b7b97881dee012a129d9518bae.r34.cf1.rackcdn.com/sites/default/files/chewing_gum310.jpg?1248991182" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-publication"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> September/October 2007 </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-related1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-relatedtitle1"> <div class="field-label">Related Content Title 1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Related Recipes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-relatedlinks1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/recipes_menus/collections/healthy_mind_and_memory">Recipes for a Healthy Mind and Memory</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-related2"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-relatedtitle2"> <div class="field-label">Related Content Title 2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> More on Healthy Mind and Memory </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-relatedlinks2"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/nutrition_health/healthy_aging/how_to_feed_your_mind">How to Feed Your Mind</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/nutrition_health/healthy_aging/eat_for_a_sharper_mind_5_brain_boosting_foods">Eat for a Sharper Mind: 5 Brain-Boosting Foods</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/nutrition_health/weight_loss_diet_plans/diet_reports_information/is_dieting_a_brain_drain">Is Dieting a Brain Drain?</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Teachers may outlaw chewing gum in class: it sticks to desks and hair, not to mention that bubble-blowing is a big taboo. But the sticky stuff is gaining ground as a potentially good-for-you treat. Preliminary research suggests that regular chewing can help you remember names, make you thinner, whiten teeth, and more. Just last year, the Wrigley Company formed the Wrigley Science Institute to fund gum studies around the world. </p> <p><strong>Supporting evidence:</strong> In a 2002 study of 75 people out of Northumbria University in England, gum-chewers performed better than nonchewers on a memory test. From a list of 15 words, chewers remembered eight or nine words immediately after hearing them and seven words 25 minutes later. Nonchewers and people who pretended to chew remembered six or seven words immediately and just five words later. How could that be? The simple act of chewing can get your heart pumping significantly more blood to the brain, suggests a small Japanese study. And more blood carries noggin-nourishing oxygen. It’s one theory, anyway.</p> <p>If you’re trying to lose weight, gum might help with that, too, suggests a 2006 study in the journal Appetite. Of 60 people, those who chewed gum for 15 minutes every hour after eating lunch snacked on 36 fewer calories three hours after the meal and craved fewer sweets than people who didn’t chew gum during the study. </p> <p><strong>Cons:</strong> Much of the work on gum is still in its early stages, and for each purported benefit, different studies turn up opposite results. The repetitive stress of chewing can exacerbate pain in people with jaw problems, such as TMJ. “Chewing gum will never be a suitable replacement for good nutrition and exercise,” says Gayl Canfield, Ph.D., R.D., a dietitian at the Pritikin Longevity Center &amp; Spa in Aventura, Florida.</p> <p><strong>Our verdict:</strong> Some research suggests that chewing sugarless gum can help fight cavities and bad breath. As for other touted properties and added health-boosters, it may be too early to tell. As long as your jaw muscles and pocketbook tolerate the habit, a stick or two a day is fine.</p> </div> </div> </div> http://www.eatingwell.com/nutrition_health/nutrition_news_information/chewing_gum_conundrum#comments Emily Sohn September/October 2007 Diet, Nutrition & Health - Nutrition News & Information Thu, 30 Jul 2009 21:54:14 +0000 Penelope Wall 8772 at http://www.eatingwell.com