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Knowing How Much Exercise a Soda “Costs” May Make You Reconsider
Alice G. Walton

It takes 50 minutes of running or five miles of walking to work off the 250 calories in a can of soda. Read more >


Restaurants Are Cutting Calories
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Restaurant chains have been introducing lower-calorie items. This could help diners keep weight off. Read more >


Grapefruit Lowers Glucose and Improves Weight Control
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

A compound in grapefruit lowers glucose as well as a common diabetes drug. Read more >


Weight-Loss Surgery: One Procedure Appears Better
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Weight-loss surgery can make a huge health difference. But is gastric bypass or banding better? Read more >


Fried Food Increases Risk for Gestational Diabetes
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Women who are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant should try to limit the amount of fried food they eat, particularly when eating out. Read more >


An Apple A Day May Keep Obesity at Bay
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

When it comes to keeping the beneficial bacteria in your colon happy, one apple stands above the rest. It may even help keep weight off. Read more >


What’s Good for the Heart is Good for the Brain
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

One of the best ways to guard against dementia is to protect your heart. Read more >


You Are What You (and Your Full-Figured Friends) Eat
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Who you eat with can affect what you eat, especially if your friends are overweight. Read more >


Dry Roasting May Hold the Key to Peanut Allergies
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Peanut allergies are almost unknown in Asia. How they are prepared may be the reason. Read more >


And the Winner of Best Weight-Loss Diet Is...
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Weight loss may be the new Holy Grail. But which plans really help? Pick one that is right for you. Read more >


Brain Development Puts the Brakes on Kids’ Growth
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

There's a reason why toddlers' heads are too big for their bodies: Their brains are using most of what they eat. Young minds need to be fed properly. Read more >


Junk Food Changes the Brain, But Healthy Foods Can Bring It Back
Alice G. Walton

Too much junk food may wire the brain for unhealthy choices. But you can change this. Read more >


Children‘s Lunch Boxes Fail Nutrition Test
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Tips for sendings kids to school with healthy lunches they'll enjoy. Read more >


Vitamin D Deficiencies Raise the Risk of Dementia
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Making sure you have enough vitamin D is one way to guard against memory loss. Read more >


Crowdsourcing May Help People Make Smarter Food Choices
Charlotte LoBuono

There's a new reason to take pictures of your meals — you can use them to get support and feedback to eat better. Read more >


Kids Choose Healthier Foods When Parents Spend Time Cooking
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Time spent in the kitchen pays off in more than just good nutrition. Kids who eat mostly home-cooked meals choose healthier food when out. Read more >


The Childhood Obesity Crisis: Who Is in Denial?
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Kids can have inaccurate ideas about their own weight. Parents, too. What helps. Read more >


Organic Foods Show Clear Nutritional Benefits
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Not only do organic foods offer far more polyphenols and other antioxidants, they have far fewer pesticide residues. Read more >


Omega-3 Fatty Acids Appear to Ease Osteoarthritis Symptoms
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Saturated fats worsen the symptoms of osteoarthritis, but omega-3 fats seem to help. Read more >


Details Emerge on The Link Between Stress and Heart Disease
Charlotte LoBuono

Chronic stress — the kind faced by doctors in the ICU — increases white blood cells that can cause life-threatening plaques to form. Read more >


High Cholesterol Appears Linked to Breast Cancer Risk
Alice G. Walton

Women with high cholesterol are more likely to develop breast cancer. But there's a possible treatment. Read more >


At the Intersection of Obesity, Diabetes and Cancer
Sami Hocine

The obese suffer from chronic inflammation in fat cells. This not only can bring on diabetes, it may also promote cancer. Read more >


Dark Chocolate Shows Promise for Circulation Problems
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

People with peripheral artery disease were able to walk farther and faster after eating chocolate. Only certain kinds helped. Read more >


Preschoolers More Likely to Recognize Unhealthy Food Brands
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

What parents eat has the biggest effect on kids' food choices. But it would help if carrots or apples had the branding that junk foods do. Read more >


Sugars' Hidden Identities Create Problems for Consumers
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

When we can't trust the labels on our soft drinks to report sugar content accurately, it spells trouble. Read more >


Eating Red Meat Increases Breast Cancer Risk
Charlotte LoBuono

Women who regularly eat red meat from a young age have a greatly increased risk of breast cancer. Read more >


How A Dash of Olive Oil Helps Lower Blood Pressure
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

When olive oil is eaten with leafy greens, it sets in motion a process that lowers blood pressure. Read more >


Children from Divorced Homes May Be at Risk for Weight Problems
Alice G. Walton

Children of divorce are more likely to be overweight or obese. Especially boys. Read more >


Powerhouse Fruits and Vegetables
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Some foods offer more nutrition per calorie than others. A new list contains some obvious choices, but there are some surprises, too. Read more >


White Bread Will Make You Fat
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Eating two slices of white bread a day raises the risk of obesity by 40%. Read more >


Researchers Dispute Claims that Supplements Offer Little or No Benefit
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Several studies find nutritional supplements provide little or no benefit. But not everyone agrees. Read more >


Kids Need Early and Repeated Exposure to Veggies
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

You know the best way to keep kids healthy and at a good weight is to be sure vegetables are part of their diets. Here's how to make that happen. Read more >


Sugar Exerts Lasting Effects on the Heart
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Sugar isn't just about gaining weight -- it's bad for your heart, too. Read more >


The Paleo Diet Is No Cure for Obesity, Appetite
Charlotte LoBuono

The Paleo diet may be popular, but it does not appear to curb appetite or reduce obesity. It's not without benefits, however. Read more >


Climate Change: A Threat to Human Nutrition
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Rising CO2 levels can interfere with photosynthesis, robbing some foods of important nutrients. Read more >


Sugar-Sweetened High Blood Pressure
Esther Entin, M.D.

Sugar-sweetened beverages have a direct effect on blood pressure. The more you drink, the higher it -- and your risk of heart attack -- go. Read more >


Home Food Environment Affects the Quality of Your Diet
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Some homes are like Superfund sites -- toxic to healthy eating. A few changes can make eating better a lot easier. Read more >


Stress Can Make A Bad Diet Even Worse for Your Health
Alice G. Walton

When we are stressed, the comfort foods we crave have an even worse impact on our weight and health than usual. Read more >


Fiber Adds Years to Heart Attack Survivors' Lives
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

A cup or two of whole grain pasta may be all it takes to reduce your risk of another heart attack. Read more >


The Keys to Life after a Heart Attack: Medication and Lifestyle Changes Part 2
Richard Josephson, M.D., and Sri K. Madan Mohan, M.D.

For many people, having a heart attack is a wake-up call that sets them on a healthier path. Read more >


Kids' Food Portions Mirror Parents' Food Portions
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Avoid that "finish your dinner" fight. Young children need smaller portions. Better they ask for more than not finish. Read more >


Let's Talk About It Over Dinner: When Blood Sugar Drops, Anger Levels Rise
Alice G. Walton

Couples get angrier with each other when they are hungry, and they have the voodoo dolls to prove it. Read more >


Daily Coffee Fix Could Reduce Liver Cancer Risk
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

People who drink more coffee have a far lower risk of HCC, a common liver cancer. The more one drinks, the better. Read more >


Cholesterol Screening Offers Benefits for At-Risk Children
Esther Entin, M.D.

Almost a third of children 11 and under had problems with their cholesterol levels. Luckily, such early information means they can be improved. Read more >


Too Little Salt is Bad for You
Leslie Carr

Good news, salt lovers: A huge study has found that reducing sodium intake, even to recommended levels, can be bad for your health. Read more >


Consistent Blood Pressure Control Cuts Risk of Second Stroke in Half
Leslie Carr

To avoid a second stroke, keep your blood pressure consistently under control. Read more >


Parents' Over-Feeding Can Encourage Infants' Overeating
Esther Entin, M.D.

Overfeeding babies sets the stage for lifelong weight problems. It's easy to avoid the pitfalls. Read more >


Americans May Be Getting the Nutrition Message
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

A survey of Americans' eating habits finds they're eating at home more. Waistlines benefit. Read more >


Raw Milk Doesn't Ease Lactose Intolerance
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

There may be benefits to raw milk, but easing the symptoms of the lactose intolerant isn't one of them. Read more >


Are Saturated Fats Really The Enemy? Maybe Not
Charlotte LoBuono

Several research studies say saturated fats may have gotten a bad rap. The real cardio culprits are sugars and... Read more >


Teens' Breakfast Behaviors Predict Metabolic Syndrome
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Kids who don't eat in the morning aren't just depriving themselves of nutrients, they are setting the stage for major health issues down the road. Read more >


The Road to Obesity Begins in Infancy
Esther Entin, M.D.

Overeating is so easy, even a child can do it. Parents and pediatricians can nip the tendency in the bud. Read more >


Kids and Caffeine: Less Soda, But New Sources
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

It's hard to believe any parent who cares about their sanity would give their children caffeine. So why is it that even preschoolers tend to get a daily dose? Read more >


Down with The Good and Up with The Bad: Food Costs Fuel Obesity
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

When fruits and veggies cost less, people weigh less. High-priced soda helps, too Read more >


The Seeds of Obesity on View in Developing Economies
Neil Wagner

Economic development in poor countries offers a picture of how our obesity epidemic began. It starts with owning TVs, computers and cars. Read more >


Fermented Dairy Foods — Like Yogurt — Reduce Diabetes Risk
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Fermented milk products like yogurt, sour cream, kefir, and lassi can reduce diabetes risk by as much as 28 percent. Read more >


Weight in Kindergarten Predicts Obesity Later in Life
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

If your child is overweight, he or she needs your help. The weight isn't going to come off naturally. Read more >


Vitamin E Could Slow Alzheimer's Progress
Neil Wagner

Vitamin E may help slow the mental decline of seniors with Alzheimer's Disease, allowing them to remain independent longer. Read more >


Caffeine's Memory-Boosting Abilities
Charlotte LoBuono

Your morning coffee doesn't just wake you up; it can help you remember things more clearly. Read more >


Coupons Can Be Hazardous to Your Health
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Grocery store coupons are great — if you are shopping for candy, soda and chips. Read more >


Preventing Diabetes with The Mediterranean Diet
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Cut your risk of diabetes the Mediterranean way. Read more >


Two Studies Address Kids' Lunchroom Nutrition
Neil Wagner

Does making kids take servings of nutritious food actually improve their diets? Nope. Bribery works better. Read more >


When It Comes to Milk, Organic Really May Be Better
Alice G. Walton

When it comes to milk at least, organic really does seem to be better. Read more >


The Myth of “Healthy Obesity”
Charlotte LoBuono

It's all bad news: you can't be overweight and healthy. Period. Read more >


Never Underestimate the Power of A Muppet
Neil Wagner

When the Muppets explain how to eat healthy and exercise, preschoolers listen. They even eat better Read more >


A Handful of Nuts Daily Lowers Heart Disease and Cancer Risk
Alice G. Walton

Eating a handful of nuts regularly can cut the risk of heart attack by almost a third. Cancer, too. Read more >


Reader Beware: Study Results May Be Overstated
Neil Wagner

Scientists often overstate their findings. It's about attention. Read more >


Study Helps Dieters Choose the Best Weight-Loss Apps
Alice G. Walton

Your cell phone can be a valuable diet ally. Just be sure to use apps grounded in scientific evidence. Read more >


Compound in Vegetables Offers Protection from The Effects of Radiation
Neil Wagner

Good news for cancer patients -- a substance in veggies protects against the effects of radiation. Read more >


Some Reassurance Regarding Mercury in Fish
Neil Wagner

Little of the mercury in our blood actually comes from fish. Go for those omega-3s! Read more >


Experts Urge Doctors to Treat Unhealthy Lifestyles Just Like a Disease
Alice G. Walton

Preventive medicine means treating unhealthy lifestyles just as you would treat disease. Read more >


Artificial Sweeteners Increase the Brain's Sugar Cravings
Michael J. Gertner

That no-cal sweetener you put in your coffee may actually increase your craving for sugar. Read more >


Celiac Disease and Lymphoma Risk
Charlotte LoBuono

Celiac disease can set the stage for cancer, if inflammation in the intestine is not controlled. Read more >


Bad Nutrition: Baby Food Is Promoted for Babies Too Young to Need It
Alice G. Walton

Breastfeeding is best for babies six months old and younger. Read more >


Simple Routines Help Kids Lose Weight
Alice G. Walton

Just a few small changes at home help kids avoid the kind of weight gain that leads to obesity. Read more >


Certain Fruits Lower Type 2 Diabetes Risk
Charlotte LoBuono

Certain fruits greatly reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. But drinking juice increases it. Read more >


High Blood Sugar Linked to Dementia Risk
Alice G. Walton

The higher your blood sugar, the greater your risk for dementia, whether you have diabetes or not. Read more >


Living Longer With Obesity Increases Heart Risk
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

The longer you remain overweight, the greater the likelihood of cardiovascular disease. Read more >


A Lack of Sleep Fuels Brain's Cravings for Food
Michael J. Gertner

Opioid receptors in the brain produces a drug-like craving for sweet and fatty foods when it is deprived of sleep. Read more >


Blood Type Diets Don't Make the Cut
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

There is no evidence that blood type diets improve health or make weight-loss easier. Read more >


Researchers Cast Doubt on The Virtues of Low-Fat Milk
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Whole milk is fattening, right? Not so fast says a group from Harvard's School of Public Health. Read more >


Are Refined Carbs the Key to Food Addiction?
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Addicted to carbs: Foods like soda and refined flour light up the brain the same way drugs do. Read more >


Omega 3s Role in Bone Health
Michael J. Gertner

Omega 3 fatty acids, found in swordfish and tuna, appear to strengthen bones. Omega 6s don't. Read more >


Help Navigating the World of Dietary Supplements
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Consumers now have help navigating the uncharted waters of the enormous supplement market. Read more >


BPA Appears to Increase the Risk of Obesity in Teenaged Girls
Alice G. Walton

The plastic additive BPA has been linked to obesity in teenaged girls. Read more >


AMA Diagnosis: Obesity Is A Disease
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Are the obese sick? The AMA thinks so, but what do the obese think? Read more >


Vegetarian Diets Cut Risk of Death from Chronic Diseases
Charlotte LoBuono

The risk of death from any cause is less among those whose diets are meatless. Read more >


Plants Get A Healthy Boost from Circadian Rhythms
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Fruits and vegetables show cyclic changes in healthy phytochemicals even after being harvested. Read more >


Expectant Mom's Diet May Determine Child's Bone Health
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Mothers' prenatal diets appear to set the stage for children's bone development for years after birth. Supplements are not enough. Read more >


Soda Bans Appear to Find Their Target
Alice G. Walton

So-called “soda bans” may actually help those who need it most. Read more >


A National Map to Reveal What We Really Eat
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

A national project tracks what we buy and offers some bad news: the calorie counts on labels may be wrong. Read more >


Study Finds Probiotics in Yogurt Affect Brain
Michael J. Gertner

You really are what you eat. The probiotics in yogurt actually change the chemistry of your brain. Read more >


Game-Changing New Report on Sodium Stirs Controversy
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

While eating too much salt can be dangerous, taking in too little is perhaps even riskier. The IOM and AHA face off. Read more >


Eating Peppers Reduces the Risk of Parkinson's Disease
Alice G. Walton

Eating peppers regularly lowers your risk of Parkinson’s disease. Nicotine is the active ingredient. Read more >


Kids Need Magnesium for Healthy Bones
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

When it comes to bone density, children need magnesium as much, if not more than calcium. Read more >


Hungry Grocery Shoppers Purchase More Calories
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Weight-loss starts at the store. Eat first; shop later. Read more >


The Best Route to Improved Health: Change Diet and Exercise Habits Together
Charlotte LoBuono

Couch potatoes, here's the strategy you need. Read more >


Just One Sugary Drink A Day Increases Diabetes Risk Significantly
Alice G. Walton

Oh come on! How much can one little sugary drink a day up your risk for diabetes? Pretty significantly. Read more >


The Fat-Autoimmunity Connection
Alice G. Walton

What being overweight does to your immune system is not good. Read more >


Behind Obesity: Could It Be Insulin, Not Calories?
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

It's not calories that make us fat, argues Gary Taubes. And that's why we keep gaining weight. Read more >


Organic Food Labels Can be Deceiving
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

A sneaky study uncovers the organic halo effect when it comes to food. Read more >


Gastric Surgery Produces Beneficial Genetic, Metabolic Changes
Leslie Carr

Gastric surgery is an extreme weight loss solution, but it can produce lasting metabolic and even genetic benefits. Read more >


Vitamin D Reduces Hypertension Risk in African Americans
Charlotte LoBuono

African Americans suffer disproportionately from hypertension. A lack of vitamin D may the cause. Read more >


A Shift Away from Fast Food
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Americans are eating less fast food. You can guess what group eats the most. Read more >


Water Often Not Available in Childcare Centers
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Childcare centers are missing the opportunity to help make children water-drinkers. Why is H2O so rarely easily available? Read more >


Mississippi Passes An "Anti-Bloomberg" Bill
Neil Wagner

Good job Mississippi, no soda bans for you! The state with the highest obesity rate passes a law to protect its standing. Read more >


Doctors Who Cook Give Better Nutrition Advice
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Tom Colicchio won't be operating any time soon, but he and other top chefs can teach doctors and help patients. Read more >


New Guidelines to Help Prevent Food Allergy in Children
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

New guidelines recommend babies be gradually exposed to allergenic foods early to avoid wheat, egg, and other allergies. Read more >


The Bitter Truth about Sugar
Charlotte LoBuono

The World Health Organization reviews the global effects of sugar on obesity. Guess what they found. Read more >


Confirmed: The Cardiovascular Benefits of the Mediterranean Diet
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Olive oil, nuts, a glass of wine, what's not to love about the Mediterranean diet? It prevents heart attacks, too. Read more >


Small Reductions in Salt Intake Would Have a Big Impact on Health
Charlotte LoBuono

Cutting our salt intake by just a few grains a day would have an enormous impact on our collective health. Read more >


Vitamin D Content Varies Widely in Supplements
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

When you take a vitamin, each pill contains the amount listed on the label, right? Think again. Read more >


Smarter Lunchrooms Help Kids Make Better Lunch Choices
Alice G. Walton

DesignChildren need to be encouraged — not forced — to eat more fruits and vegetables. Read more >


Popular Misconceptions (and a Few Facts) about Obesity
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

A study in The New England Journal of Medicine shows we know less than we think we do about dieting. Read more >


Taking A Second Look at Polyunsaturated Fats
Charlotte LoBuono

Certain kinds of polyunsaturated fatty acids appear not to offer the heart protective benefits we expect. Read more >


Fruits and Veggies Can Improve Your Mood
Charlotte LoBuono

Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables actually seems to improve people's moods. Read more >


Vegetarians' Hearts Are Healthier than Those of Meat Eaters
Alice G. Walton

A vegetarian diet lowers heart risk by a third, a huge decrease. Read more >


Eating Your Biggest Meal Earlier in the Day Can Boost Weight Loss
Alice G. Walton

People who eat their biggest meal earlier in the day are more successful at losing weight. Read more >


Whole Grain Stamp Doesn't Tell the Whole Story
Neil Wagner

The ratio of fiber to carbs is what you want to look for when choosing whole grains. Read more >


Changes in Nutrition Labeling May Improve Consumer Choices
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Nutrition labels on foods that seem to be single serving sizes often show the calories and fat for two -- giving us twice load we expect. Read more >


Special Flavonoids in Berries Reduce Heart Attack Risk
Charlotte LoBuono

You can reduce plaque build-up in arteries just by eating the flavonoids found in deeply red- and blue-colored berries and vegetables. Read more >


Finding the Sweet Spot: Milk Intake, Vitamin D and Iron
Esther Entin, M.D.

Cow's milk offers vitamin D but also contributes to low iron. New research offers a guideline. Read more >


Flavor Comes in Many Colors
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Cocoa served in cups of a certain color tastes better. Read more >


Survey Says Dietitians Can Help Physicians Treat Obesity
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

What happens when physicians, nutritionists, dietitians, and other professionals work together to curb obesity? Progress. Read more >


Fructose on the Brain: How the Infamous Sugar Affects Appetite
Alice G. Walton

Fructose, the sugar in high fructose corn syrup, appears to leave the brain craving more food. Read more >


The Power of Social Media Could Help Fight Childhood Obesity
Charlotte LoBuono

Dieting is easier when you are part of a community. The Internet is a natural place for kids and teens interested in losing weight to gather. Read more >


Cell Phone App Boosts Weight Loss
Neil Wagner

Weight loss programs become much more effective when paired with an app that keeps track of your progress. Read more >


How Many Miles to Walk Off a Burger?
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

When people are faced with how long it will take them to walk off the calories they are eating, they eat less. Read more >


Even Occasional Family Meals Increase Kids’ Fruit and Veggie Intake
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Don't leave kids to fend for themselves at mealtime. Eating togther improves nutrition in a big way. Of course, what you serve matters, too. Read more >


Driving Just a Little Less Can Make a Big Difference
Leslie Carr

Hang up your car keys and walk just one mile a day. The savings — on gas and healthcare — are impressive. Read more >


Simply Cutting Down on Fat, without “Dieting,” Brings Weight Loss
Alice G. Walton

Cutting down on fat, without actually dieting, might be the easiest way to lose weight. Read more >


High Fructose Corn Syrup and Diabetes: Where There's Smoke, There's Fire
Neil Wagner

If you think HFCS is just another form of sugar, think again. Read more >


Are Cooking Shows Making Us Fat?
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Are cooking shows, with their exotic locales and gorgeous food, contributing to our waistlines? Read more >


A Backwards Approach to Weight Loss
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Before you start a diet, it can help to learn how to keep weight off first. Read more >


The Impact of Eating Out on Children's and Adolescents' Nutrition
Esther Entin, M.D.

Kids eat out a lot. And when they do, they consume extra salt, fat, sugar, and of course, calories. Read more >


Free Fruit for Kids = Less Junk Food
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Making fruit freely-accessible is a good way to raise kids' fruit consumption, and reduce the amount of unhealthy snacks they eat. Read more >


What A Lack of Sleep Does to Metabolism
Esther Entin, M.D.

People who sleep too little have reduced insulin sensitivity, leading to weight gain and diabetes... Read more >


Tomatoes Lower the Risk of Stroke
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Lycopene, found in tomatoes, can help prevent strokes. Read more >


What You Need to Know About Apples
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Autumn is a good time to rediscover apples. Don't take these health dynamos for granted. Read more >


Too Much Java Linked to Glaucoma Risk
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Three or more cups of caffeinated coffee a day significantly raises your risk for developing a ... Read more >


Brain Changes in the Obese May Make it Harder to Lose Weight
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Overeating changes your brain, making it more and more difficult to regulate consumption. Read more >


BPA Linked to Obesity in Kids and Pre-Teens
Charlotte LoBuono

Children and teens with high levels of BPA were over two and a half times more likely to be obese... Read more >


Bringing Your Nutritional Makeover Home
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Planning meals is key to your nutritional makeover. Eating out? Bag some food before you begin. Read more >


Metabolic Syndrome and Cognition in Adolescents
Esther Entin, M.D.

Childhood obesity can affect the brain, shrinking areas connected with memory and reducing performance on IQ and achievement tests. Read more >


Nutrition 101 -Part 2
The First Three Steps to a Nutrition Makeover
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Small steps work best when you start a nutritional makeover. Read more >


Healthy Diet Leads to Better IQ in Kids
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

There is strong evidence that what an infant eats from six to 24 months can have a significant effect on IQ at eight years of age. Read more >


In Denial About Your Weight?
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

People often underestimate their weight, which can blind them to the need to lose weight. When you see your doctor, get on the scale. Read more >


Nutrition 101: Finding Reliable Sources of Nutrition Information
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

What's the difference between a registered dietitian and a nutritionist? It's not a joke; it's important. Read more >


Successful Weight Loss Depends on Three Behaviors
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Research has found that keeping a food journal, not skipping meals, and avoiding eating out can all help you lose weight. Read more >


Eating Out May Be A Little Healthier After Menu Law
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

The Affordable Care Act will require that more restaurants put calorie and fat information on menus. Read more >


Influencing Flavor Preferences Begins During Pregnancy
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

What you eat while you are pregnant can influence your baby's food and flavor preferences. Read more >


Closer to a Pill for Long-Term Weight Loss
Leslie Carr

A new drug desensitizes cannabinoid receptors and improves the appetite-reducing action of leptin. Read more >


The Health Effects of Caffeine
Charlotte LoBuono

Coffee, or more generally, caffeine, offers many protective effects; except when it comes to fertility. Read more >


Can't Lose Weight? Try a Different Color Plate
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

The color contrast between your plate and your food can prompt you to eat more, or less... Read more >


Shifting When You Eat Could Shift Your Metabolism
Alice G. Walton

Curbing the hours of the day during which you eat could have a big impact on your weight and health. Read more >


Significant Cost Savings Linked To Keeping Obesity Rate In Check
Charlotte LoBuono

The cost savings of better health are as astronomical as those of medical care... Read more >


In-Store Nutrition Education Improves Grocery Purchases
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

People make better food choices when stores label foods according to their health benefits... Read more >


Low-Fat Dairy May Reduce Stroke Risk
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Eating and drinking low-fat dairy products reduced the risk of stroke in a large study... Read more >


Helping Kids Lose Weight
Alice G. Walton

Helping your child lose weight is tricky. You may want to start by changing your own behavior. Read more >


Losing Weight May Not Change Body Image
Alice G. Walton

Losing weight may not make body image issues disappear. Read more >


Low GI Foods: The Breakfast of Champions
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Eating low glycemic index foods can help prevent blood sugar spikes and overeating throughout the day. Read more >


Tried and True Methods of Weight Loss Work Best
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

For the overweight, the most effective, proven weight loss strategy is eating less fat and exercising more. Read more >


Being Hungry Can Bias Your Senses
Alice G. Walton

When you're hungry, you respond to food-related cues more strongly than when you’re full. Reason not to shop on an empty stomach. Read more >


Popcorn Deserves More Respect
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Air-popped popcorn actually has a great concentration of antioxidant polyphenols than most fruits and vegetables. Read more >


Berries Are Beneficial To The Brain
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Berries change the way that neurons in the brain communicate. This may prevent inflammation in the brain that can damage neurons. Read more >


Are Fried Foods Back on the Table?
Neil Wagner

The kind of oil you fry foods in has a big effect on how unhealthy it is. Read more >


Kids' Sugar Consumption Down, But Not Enough
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

The Centers of Disease Control have released a report on sugar consumption. Read more >


Urinary Tract Infections May Be Caused By Bacteria in Food
Alice G. Walton

The bacteria that cause some UTIs may come from contaminated foods. Careful food practices are essential. Read more >


Citrus Fruits May Have Special Benefit For Women
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

A medium orange contains approximately 60 calories while a cup of orange juice contains twice that amount. Read more >


Healthy Food Choices May Be as Simple as Green for Go
Alice G. Walton

Two simple changes help people make the smarter food choices. Now to get stores and cafeterias to... Read more >


Why We Overeat and What We Can Do About It
Alice G. Walton

Eating should be simple: Eat when you are hungry, then stop. If only food weren't so pleasurable. Read more >


Teen Weight Loss Programs May Work Better Without Parents
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Parents have long been key players in helping their kids lose weight. But for teens, peers may... Read more >


Achieving Your Goal: a Plan and a Partner Can Help
Neil Wagner

You are much more likely to stick with an exercise program and a diet if you have a partner and a plan. Read more >


Calories: Total Trumps Source When Dieting
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

When it comes to weight loss, the bottom line is calories consumed, not the type of calories consumed. Read more >


Can Overeating Cause Memory Loss?
Neil Wagner

Overeating has been linked to some forms of memory loss. Read more >


"Western" Diet May Contribute to ADHD
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Sugar, preservatives and allergies have been thought to contribute to attention deficits... Read more >


Preschool Attachment and Teen Obesity: Is There a Link?
Esther Entin, M.D.

Teens rated as less attached during infancy were almost 2.5 times more likely to become obese... Read more >


Children May Eat More When Served Less
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

There is a really simple way to get children to eat more fruits and vegetables: reduce the size of their main course. Read more >


Eat Mindfully at Restaurants and Lose Weight
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

It can be done; you just have to know some of the tricks that make it possible, like sharing... Read more >


Ending the Low Fat Muffin Myth
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

A typical low-fat muffin may sound heart-healthy, but its downfall is its size and the sugar, sodium, and calories it contains. Read more >


Low Protein Diets Make For Misleading Weight Loss
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

A diet high in carbohydrates and fat with low protein can cause a gain in body fat that is out of proportion to the calories consumed. Read more >


New Insights into How Exercise Works
Neil Wagner

Irisin, a newly-isolated hormone appears to help raise insulin levels and burn energy... Read more >


The Connection Between Good Nutrition and Good Cognition Becomes Clearer
Alice G. Walton

Good nutrition and brain health go hand in hand; changing your diet can help protect your brain. Read more >


Gluten-Free Diets: Reality Check
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Gluten is bad news for some people. Are you one of them? Read more >


Long Distance Running Is Hard on the Heart
Alice G. Walton

Long distance runners can develop temporary damage to the heart, but it doesn't mean you should quit. Read more >


It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year (If You Keep Your Head about You)
Alice G. Walton

Why are the holidays responsible for so many accidents and ER visits? We count the ways and offer help. Read more >


Too Much Iron Might Be Harmful to Infants
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Having a hemoglobin, or iron, level that is too high carries many of the same risks as having a level that is too low. Read more >


Say Cheese! It May Be Good for Your Heart
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

A study finds cheese consumption didn't raise total cholesterol. The same was not true for butter. Read more >


Phytochemicals: The Protection Packed in Plant Foods
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Phytochemicals protect plants, and they appear to do the same for us. And they are easy to find. Read more >


Wider Waists May Up Colon Cancer Risk
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Being overweight is a risk factor for colorectal cancer. Read more >


Antioxidants Explained
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Eating a wide variety of plant foods is the best way to fend off the oxidation that "rusts" our cells. Read more >


The Secret Life of Saturated Fat Exposed
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Researchers have discovered just why unsaturated fats are so heart healthy. Now to get people... Read more >


Early Introduction of Solid Foods Doesn't Affect Baby's Growth
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Introducing solids earlier may increase an infant's weight gain in the near term, but has little overall effect. Read more >


The Animal-Free Diet: The Pros and Cons of Vegetarianism and Veganism
Alice G. Walton

Vegan or vegetarian, there are risks and benefits to these food lifestyles. Two experts offer help. Read more >


Omega-3s: Not So Heart Healthy?
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

The men in a Danish study did not seem to benefit from the fatty acids in fish. Is something else... Read more >


Controlled Portions Help With Weight Loss
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Restricting yourself to a lunch of 200 calories can be a fairly painless way to lose weight. Read more >


Chocolate: Good for the Heart and Brain
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Chocolate, but not fat or sugar that so often go along with it, appears to improve cardiovascular health. Read more >


Banned Weight Loss Supplement Still in Use
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

The banned weight loss supplement Pai You Guo is showing up masquerading as a "natural" supplement.. Read more >


High Cholesterol? Maybe It's What You're NOT Eating
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Adding cholesterol-lowering foods to our diets is just as important to our hearts as reducing our intake of fat. Read more >


Heavy Drinking Affects Diet Quality
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Heavy drinkers often have poor diets. A double whammy when it comes to the risk for disease. Read more >


Study Links Folate to Better Grades
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Folate, a B vitamin, and folic acid, its synthetic version, have been linked to better school performance. Read more >


Hidden Veggies Increase Kids' Intake
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Including some pureed vegetables in foods your children already love is a good way to help them on the path to healthier eating. Read more >


Colon Cleanses Can Pose Serious Health Risks
Alice G. Walton

Though they sound healthy, colon cleanses pose serious health risks. Read more >


Overeating Explained by Three Neurological Processes, Not Laziness
Alice G. Walton

Overeating involves neurological processes involving impulse control and reward, not laziness. Read more >


Restaurant Calorie Counts Misleading to Dieters
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Calorie counts in the menus of your favorite chain restaurant often underreport the actual values... Read more >


Grape Seed Extract - and Perhaps Red Wine - May Fend off Alzheimer's
Alice G. Walton

Grape seed extract – and perhaps red wine – shows promise as a way to slow... Read more >


Too Much Salt, Too Little Potassium Linked to Heart Risk
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Eating too much salt and too little potassium is an especially dangerous combination. It doubles your risk of a heart attack. Read more >


Eating Nuts Can Help Diabetics Control Blood Sugar
Neil Wagner

Eating nuts instead of carbohydrates can help diabetics control their blood sugar. Read more >


Losing Weight vs. Maintaining Weight: Different Strategies Required
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Once you have lost weight, you need to have a different set of strategies for keeping it off in order to avoid gaining it back. Read more >


Soluble Fiber Trims Belly Fat
Neil Wagner

Soluble fiber is helpful in reducing the visceral fat that accumulates around the waist and belly. Read more >


Healthy Lifestyle Reduces the Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death in Women
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

SCD is sudden cardiac death. It is the largest cause of natural death in the United States and is responsible for half of all cardiac deaths Read more >


It's the Little Things - Like Chips - That Add the Pounds
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

The weight gained with aging is primarily due to dietary and lifestyle choices - like having an extra handful of chips. Read more >


Broccoli, the Key to a Longer Life?
Neil Wagner

Eating lots of cruciferous vegetables - like broccoli and cauliflower - appears to be related to a longer life. Read more >


How Eating Light May Make You Heavy
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Fat and sugar substitutes may not help you lose weight in the long run because the craving for lots of fat and sweets remains. Read more >


Untreated Celiac Women Go Through Menopause Earlier
Alice G. Walton

Women with undiagnosed celiac disease go through menopause earlier than celiac women who follow a gluten-free diet. Read more >


Sports and Energy Drinks: Not Kids Stuff
Esther Entin, M.D.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has come out with a warning about sports and energy drinks. Why? Read more >


Patients with Stents May Benefit from Omega-3s
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Omega-3 fatty acids can reduce the likelihood of blood clots forming in patients who have received stents. Read more >


Apples May Protect Muscles Against Atrophy
Alice G. Walton

Apples contain ursolic acid, which helps preserve muscle tissue and prevent the wasting that comes with age. Read more >


Beyond LDL: Ultra-Bad Cholesterol
Neil Wagner

Sugar seems to make bad (LDL) cholesterol worse. Read more >


MyPyramid is Out. MyPlate is In
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Filling half your plate with fruits and vegetables is a good start on a healthy diet. Read more >


Is That Salad Really a Salad?
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Dieters, don't be fooled by healthy-sounding descriptions. A salad with meat and cheese is likely to be highly caloric. Read more >


FTC Urges Courts to Shut Down Fake Health Sites, Reimburse Consumers
Alice G. Walton

The FTC urges courts to crack down on fake news sites' phony claims about acai berry and weight loss Read more >


More Americans Using Dietary Supplements
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Dietary supplements can be helpful, but they cannot make up for an unhealthy diet. Read more >


Craving Fast Food? Skip the Coffee!
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Coffee and donuts may be a bad idea. Caffeine interferes with the body's ability to clear sugars from the blood. Read more >


Food May Activate Same Addiction Centers in the Brain as Drugs
Alice G. Walton

Food addiction and drug addiction may activate the same reward areas of the brain. Read more >


Health Care Reform: Restaurants to Post Calories
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Nutrition labeling, including calories, is now the law for big restaurant chains... Read more >


FDA Panel Votes to Reject Warning Labels on Artificially Colored Foods: Good Move?
Alice G. Walton

Some studies show a link between artificial dyes and ADHD. So why did the FDA reject warning labels? Read more >


Fitness May Predict Heart Risk Better than Weight
Alice G. Walton

For people with heart trouble, their fitness level may be a better predictor of mortality than their weight. Read more >


High Fructose Corn Syrup De-Mystified
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

All sugars are basically the same, but some seem to pose a greater risk of weight gain than others. Read more >


Many People Rate Themselves as Normal Even When Overweight: What's Changed?
Alice G. Walton

People who are seriously overweight tend not to see themselves as being as heavy as they are... Read more >


Chocolate: The Good, the Bad, and the... Tasty!
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Cocoa contains flavanols that have health benefits, but they may be lost or reduced in the commercial processing of chocolate. Read more >


Regular Exercise May Foil Salt's Effect on Blood Pressure
Alice G. Walton

Regular exercise can reduce the effect that salt has on blood pressure. Read more >


The Tomato: A Multi-Talented Food
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Tomatoes are one of the few fruit and vegetables that are even better for you when cooked. Read more >


Belly Fat May Not Predict Heart Disease As Once Believed
Alice G. Walton

Belly fat may not be as big a predictor of heart disease as once thought. Read more >


Potassium-Rich Diet May Reduce Stroke Risk
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

A diet rich in potassium can reduce the risk of stroke, but some need to be careful. Read more >


Fiber For A Longer Life
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

A study of 400,000 people over 50 found that those who ate lots of fiber tended to live longer. Read more >


Antioxidants May Combat Male Infertility
Neil Wagner

Antioxidants appear to improve male fertility, reducing damaging oxidative stress on sperm... Read more >


Vegans, What's Missing from Your Diet
Neil Wagner

Vegans should be aware that their diet may mean they need to boost their B12 and omega-3 consumption. Read more >


Nutrition for Athletes
Lona Sandon, M.Ed., R.D.

Elite athletes can teach us all a lot about eating right. Who knew chocolate milk was the perfect recovery drink? Read more >


The Good News About Beer
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Beer really is good for you - more isn't better, but the nutritional benefits are many and real... Read more >


Getting That Healthy Glow — With Vegetables
Neil Wagner

Carotenoids – found in certain foods – can improve skin tone with no cancer risk... Read more >


Diet and ADHD: The Debate Continues
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Are kids with ADHD just exhibiting an allergic response to certain foods? Read more >


Helping Overweight Children by Teaching Parents
Neil Wagner

Educating parents about healthy lifestyles and nutrition is a very good way to reduce childhood obesity. Read more >


Proposed Guidelines Will Make School Food Healthier
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Updates to the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program lower fat and salt and increase greens Read more >


The Skinny on Fat: How to Tell the Healthy from the Harmful
Alice G. Walton

"Fats" is not just a 4-letter word. It pays to be able to tell the good from the bad. Read more >


High Sugar Intake in Teens May Increase Heart Disease Risk
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Teens who eat a diet high in added sugars have higher "bad" LDL cholesterol and trigylcerides. Read more >


Baby Fat May Predict Childhood Obesity
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Don't assume a chubby baby is a healthy baby. Don't deny infants food, but when solids are introduced, make healthy choices. Read more >


Healthy Eaters Live Longer and Better
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Seniors who eat a diet high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, poultry, fish and low-fat dairy live longer and better. Read more >


The Best of 2010: Health Tips to Take With Us Into 2011
Alice G. Walton

Planning for a healthier 2011? We pull together some of the top health news stories of this past year. Read more >


Whole-Grains as Effective as Medication for High Blood Pressure
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Eating whole grains can reduce systolic blood pressure. Read more >


Foodborne Illness Hits Nearly 1 in 6 Americans
Neil Wagner

Much of protecting against foodborne illness is common sense: cleaniness, proper refrigeration, cooking food thoroughly. Read more >


New Recommendations for Vitamin D and Calcium
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

The daily requirements for calcium and vitamin D have been changed to avoid certain problems, but controversy remains. Read more >


Revamping School Nutrition from Vending Machines Up
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Vending machines full of junk food? A new landmark nutrition bill is a game changer. Read more >


How Low Fat Diets Increase Heart Disease Risk
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Having some fat in your diet is actually good for your heart. What matters is what kind of fat you eat. Read more >


Many Kids Skipping Meals and Snacking Instead
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

When kids skip meals, they snack instead which raises the chance they will take in empty calories... Read more >


Colon Cancer: The Necessity of Getting Checked
Robin Baradarian, M.D., FACG

A primer on colon cancer screening, from virtual colonoscopies to the real thing. Don't sweat it. Do it. Read more >


Adding Monounsaturated Fats to Diet May Boost Heart Health
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Monounsaturated fatty acids in nuts, avocados, seeds and olive oil can help you raise your good — HDL — cholesterol. Read more >


FDA Gives Thumbs Down to New Weight Loss Drug, Lorcaserin
Alice G. Walton

A panel of FDA experts says the risks outweigh the benefits of Lorcaserin. What's next? Read more >


How to Deal with Food Labels
Neil Wagner

Don't be misled by health claims on food labels. Read the nutrition information on packages to get the full picture. Read more >


Why Aren't People Eating Whole-Grain Foods?
Neil Wagner

Afraid you won't like whole grains? Popcorn is a whole grain. And there are many ways to eat and prepare them. Experiment. Read more >


Can Your Job Improve Your Lifestyle?
Alice G. Walton

Employers can help employees and their families get healthy with company programs and modest cash incentives. Read more >


Magnesium Reduces Diabetes Risk
Alice G. Walton

More magnesium in your diet, such as that found in whole grains, can reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes. Read more >


Bad Habits Make Bad Employees, Study Finds
Alice G. Walton

People who smoke, overeat, or don't exercise take more sick days, while those who drink take fewer. Read more >


Common Cold Virus Linked to Obesity in Youngsters
Alice G. Walton

New research finds a link between childhood obesity and the common cold virus. But how? Read more >


Omega-3 Fatty Acids Reduce Inflammation, Boost Insulin Sensitivity
Alice G. Walton

Eating omega-3 fatty acids may help reduce inflammation that's linked to diabetes. Read more >


Water: The Dieter's Best Friend
Neil Wagner

Drinking water before meals can increase weight loss by 40%. Read more >


Metabolic Syndrome May Be Reversible by Tweaking the Diet
Alice G. Walton

You may be able to reverse metabolic syndrome completely by making some important changes to your diet. Read more >


Lose Weight Today, Feel Better Immediately
Neil Wagner

Weight loss reduces the aches and pains of being overweight. This can be a major motivator for dieters. Read more >


Proteins Other Than Red Meat Are Better for Women's Hearts
Alice G. Walton

Women who get their protein from sources other than red meats have healthier hearts. Read more >


Think It's OK to Gain a Few Pounds? Not for Blood Vessels, Researchers Say
Alice G. Walton

Losing just a few pounds, especially around your middle, may help your blood vessels work better. Read more >


Cancer Cells Use Fructose to Multiply
Alice G. Walton

Cancer cells actually prefer fructose over glucose to fuel themselves and multiply. Read more >


Too Much Mac-N-Cheese? Lure Your Kids to Healthy Eating With a Little Fun
Alice G. Walton

Adding some fun activities to meal preparation improves kids' attitude toward fruits and vegetables. Read more >


Why Some Public Health Weight Loss Campaigns Fail
Alice G. Walton

Even well-meaning weight loss campaigns may end up turning off the people they are meant to inspire. Read more >


Fish for the Eyes
Alice G. Walton

Eating fish rich in healthy fats may help protect the eyes. Read more >


No Evidence That Weight Loss Supplements Work
Neil Wagner

Many weight-loss supplements appear to be no more effective than a placebo. Read more >


Sitting May Lead to Earlier Death
Alice G. Walton

Researchers find that the longer you sit, the shorter your lifespan. Read more >


Biggest Losers Do Better
Alice G. Walton

Slower may not always better when it comes to weight loss. Losing a fair amount of weight quickly tends to lead to better results. Read more >


Convenience Stores May Be Hazardous to Your Waistline
Neil Wagner

Neighborhood convenience stores may be hazardous to your waistline. The high ratio of junk food is behind the problem Read more >


New Weight Loss Drugs Seems Promising, But FDA Still to Rule
Alice G. Walton

Lorcaserin seems to help people slim down with fewer side-effects than past drugs. Will FDA approve? Read more >


The American Heart Association Reviews the Best Ways to Get Healthy, Stay Motivated
Alice G. Walton

Heart disease hits 1 in 3 people. The first step to heart health is to set realistic behavioral rather than physiological goals. Read more >


CDC Says Salsa, Guacamole Account for Too Many Restaurant-Related Illnesses
Alice G. Walton

Salsa and guacamole are major sources of restaurant-related illness. Too often, they are not refrigerated adequately. Read more >


Why Are So Many Children Overweight?
Neil Wagner

When it comes to helping kids lose weight, exercise is very important; but reducing calories is the most important first step. Read more >


Beet Juice as a Natural Blood Pressure Medicine
Neil Wagner

People who drank a glass of beet juice had a maximum drop of 10.4 points systolic blood pressure. Read more >


Only 10% of Americans Are Eating the Right Amount of Salt, Reports CDC
Alice G. Walton

Most Americans are getting too much salt, and most of it comes from processed foods. Read more >


High Tea Consumption Linked to Heart Health
Alice G. Walton

A study of 37,000 people over 13 years found that drinking 3 to 6 cups of tea a day reduced the risk of heart disease by over 40%. Read more >


Lack of Vitamin D May Aggravate Asthma
Neil Wagner

Children with insufficient vitamin D are more likely to experience severe asthma attacks... Read more >


Obesity Takes Toll on Sex Life, Sexual Health
Alice G. Walton

Obese individuals report reduced sex life, more STDs, sexual dysfunction, and unwanted pregnancies. Read more >


Cartoon Characters May Sway Kids to Make Poor Food Choices
Alice G. Walton

Kids say foods taste better when cartoon characters are on the label... Read more >


Managing Obesity: A Work In Progress
Lawrence J. Cheskin, M.D., and Scott Kahan, M.D., M.P.H.

Two physicians discuss the risks of obesity. Learn to recognize the behavioral triggers behind overeating and overcome them. Read more >


Less Sugar, Lower Blood Pressure
Neil Wagner

Drink one less serving of sugar-sweetened beverages (such as sweet tea, lemonade or soda) and you can lower your blood pressure. Read more >


High-Fat Meals May Impair Breathing, Worsen Asthma
Neil Wagner

High fat meals appear to increase inflammation and decrease lung function. Blame immune responses. Read more >


To Lower Cholesterol, Researchers Say, Go a Little Nuts
Alice G. Walton

Eating a handful of nuts every day is a good way to reduce your cholesterol and blood fat levels. Read more >


Another Benefit of Broccoli: Breast Cancer Treatment
Alice G. Walton

A compound in broccoli called sulforaphane may stop the growth of breast cancer stem cells. Read more >


A Simple Way to Eat Less
Neil Wagner

Keep serving platters off the table during meals and reduce calories by 20%. Read more >


Secrets of the Mediterranean Diet May Lie in the Olive Oil
Alice G. Walton

Olive oil is a big reason why the Mediterranean diet is healthful. The phenols in it suppress genes involved in inflammation. Read more >


Weight Gain over Time Significantly Ups Breast Cancer Risk
Alice G. Walton

Significant weight gain (over 30-pounds) during middle-age can increase a woman's risk of breast cancer after menopause. Read more >


Does Cola Lower Sperm Count?
Neil Wagner

A study of 18-year-olds found that those who drank the most cola were more likely to have low sperm Read more >


New Study Shows Only Small Connection between Fruits, Veggies and Reduced Cancer Risk
Alice G. Walton

While the exact relationship between fruits, vegetables, and cancer risk has not yet been determined, it can't hurt to continue eating... Read more >


If You're Trying to Watch Your Weight: Sleep
Alice G. Walton

One good way to keep from over-eating is to be sure to get enough sleep. Read more >


Don't Replace Saturated Fats with Carbs If You Want to Help Your Heart, Study Finds
Alice G. Walton

Replacing saturated fats with low-glycemic foods - not high-glycemic foods - may be a good way to reduce heart attack risk. Read more >


Dieting Increases Stress Hormone, Makes Weight Loss Harder
Alice G. Walton

Dieting can actually make it harder to shed pounds because it raises levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Read more >


Chocolate Cuts Risk for Heart Attack and Stroke, Lowers Blood Pressure
Alice G. Walton

Eating the equivalent of a square of chocolate every day can reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke Read more >


New Study Outlines Just How Active You Need To Be To Stay Trim
Alice G. Walton

An hour a day of moderate exercise like walking or a half-hour of vigorous exercise like jogging can prevent weight gain. Read more >


A Healthy Diet and Less Alcohol May Lower Risk of Breast Cancer
Alice G. Walton

Heavy alcohol consumption and a fatty diet raise the risk of breast cancer by up to 20%. Read more >


High-Protein Diet May Increase Bad Cholesterol, Study Finds
Alice G. Walton

You may lose weight on a high−protein, low−carb diet, but you are also likely to be raising your "bad" cholesterol. Read more >


Diet and Cholesterol in Middle Age and Beyond
Neil Wagner

Even older adults, including those taking cholesterol-lowering drugs, can lower their cholesterol further by cutting down on butter and satu Read more >


Stressed Out: The Behavior and Biology of Stress
Alice G. Walton

Stress is a feeling, but it is also a biological response that is both helpful and harmful. Read more >


Heavier Patients Need Longer Needles
Neil Wagner

People who are obese may not receive the same level of protection from a vaccine because the standard needle used may not reach the muscle. Read more >


A Little Extra Weight May Help the Elderly Live Longer
Neil Wagner

Once you are over 70, a few extra pounds may actually be beneficial and may add to longevity. Read more >


The Role of Ghrelin in Overeating
Neil Wagner

Blocking the action of the hunger hormone, ghrelin, just may ease that obsession with nachos. Read more >


Better Relationships Cut Teenage Weight Gain
Neil Wagner

Negative emotions can contribute to overeating or binge eating. Therapy aimed at improving social skills can therefore help prevent weight Read more >


Coffee - Even Decaf - Puts Diabetes at Bay, Says New Study
Alice G. Walton

People who drink between three and four cups of coffee a day reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes by 25%. Read more >


Polyphenols and Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids: Serious Brain Food
Alice G. Walton

A Mediterranean diet, the LMN diet appears to enhance brain health, promoting cell growth and reducing damage. Read more >


Eating Red Meat May Increase Risk of Ulcerative Colitis
Neil Wagner

Omega-6 fatty acids (found in certain oils and red meat) can promote inflammation while omega-3 fatty acids help reduce it. Read more >


High-Carb and High-Protein Diets Both Effective in Maintaining Weight-Loss
Alice G. Walton

carb and high protein diets both seem equally effective at producing weight loss. Read more >


To Keep Weight off, Trade in TVs for Treadmills, Say Researchers
Alice G. Walton

Your home environment is the single most important factor in losing weight and maintaining weight loss. Read more >


Cocoa May Help Keep the Heart Healthy, Study Says
Alice G. Walton

The polyphenols in cocoa — among other foods — reduce risk for heart disease and cancer. Read more >


Keep Good Fats in the Diet, Researchers Urge
Alice G. Walton

Fats high in omega-6 unsaturated fatty acids (like safflower oil) can lower blood sugar. Read more >


Alcoholism, Depression, and Obesity Create Vicious Triangle in Women
Alice G. Walton

Women who obsessively replay negative events in their mind are more at risk for alcoholism, depression and obesity. Read more >


High Sugar Diet Raises Blood Pressure
Neil Wagner

Uric acid, produced by the breakdown of fructose, can raise blood pressure and the risk metabolic syndrome. Read more >


Fatty Foods Tell the Brain to Keep on Eating
Alice G. Walton

Foods high in saturated fat actually change your brain's chemistry and interfere with its ability to signal that you are full. Read more >


What's your Highest Healthy Weight?
Neil Wagner

The Maximum Weight Limit, a simplification of the BMI, gives people what they most need -- a weight over which they should not go. The calculation... Read more >


Losing Weight Helps the Heart Return to Normal
Alice G. Walton

Once a significant amount of weight is lost, the heart actually restructures into a healthier, more productive version of itself. Read more >


For a Good Dose of Antioxidants, Grab Some Crackers, Popcorn
Alice G. Walton

Snacks like nuts, cereal, crackers or popcorn provide antioxidants to combat free radicals. Read more >


Four Healthy Behaviors Make Big Impact on Disease Risk
Alice G. Walton

Four important lifestyle choices – never smoking, eating healthy, staying trim, and exercising – may cut the risk... Read more >


Vegetable Protein Linked to Lower Blood Pressure
Alice G. Walton

Glutamic acid, found in vegetable protein, can lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Read more >


Foods' Glycemic Index Linked to Risk of Breast Cancer
Alice G. Walton

Glycemic load is significantly correlated with estrogen receptor-positive/progesterone receptor-negative breast cancer. Read more >


Caffeine Works Just as Well as Albuterol Inhaler, New Study Says
Alice G. Walton

High doses of caffeine can help prevent exercise-induced asthma. Read more >


Red Yeast Rice — Not Coming to a Town Near You
Neil Wagner

When red yeast is grown on rice, it produces an effective, natural statin that lowered cholesterol by 31 points without side effects. Read more >


Can Vitamin C Halt the Damage of Diabetes?
Neil Wagner

Vitamin C administered with insulin helped end the damage to blood vessels so common in both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Read more >


Get Milk!
Esther Entin, M.D.

Only half of males and one-fifth of females between the ages of 19-30 get the recommended amount of calcium. Read more >


High-Glycemic Foods May Up Risk of Cardiovascular Disease
Alice G. Walton

High-glycemic index carbs reduce or inhibit endothelial function, which is one of the risk factors leading to atherosclerosis. Read more >


Blood Fats Better Indicator of Diabetic Neuropathy, New Study Finds
Alice G. Walton

Triglyceride levels can be better predictors of the risk of diabetic neuropathy than blood sugar levels. Read more >


Lettuce Praise the UV Boost
Neil Wagner

Darker leafy greens like kale and spinach are more nutritious than lettuce. Read more >


Juices, Soda, Sports Drinks and Tooth Erosion
Neil Wagner

Dental erosion initially gives the enamel a smooth and shiny appearance. But there is only so much enamel coating a tooth. Read more >


Drinking Alcohol May Lengthen Life, Ward off Dementia
Alice G. Walton

Moderate alcohol consumption, particularly wine, can lengthen life and reduce the risk of dementia. Read more >


Researchers Home in on Why High-Fiber Diets Help Fight Colon Cancer
Alice G. Walton

Butyrate, an end-product of the breakdown of fiber in the gut, acts as an anti-cancer agent in a couple of different ways. Read more >


Women Who Eat Low-Glycemic Breakfasts Burn More Fat, Feel Fuller
Alice G. Walton

Low-glycemic foods, like whole grains, take longer to break down than high glycemic foods do, resulting in a slower climb in blood sugar. Read more >


Real Men Eat Vegetables
Neil Wagner

Eating vegetables (and not eating meat) raises the quality of sperm men produce. Read more >


Mediterranean Diets High in Nuts May Help with Heart Disease
Alice G. Walton

Nuts may help prevent metabolic syndrome. Read more >


Sugar Addiction in Rats
Neil Wagner

The American Psychiatric Association defines addiction as including three stages: craving, bingeing, and withdrawal. Read more >


Risks for Metabolic Syndrome
Neil Wagner

Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of factors that increases the chance of contracting heart disease, diabetes or stroke. Read more >


Triglycerides and Stroke
Neil Wagner

As triglyceride levels go up, so does the risk of stroke. Read more >


Keeping Those Pounds Off
Neil Wagner

When it comes to maintaining weight loss, telephone counseling appears to be just as effective as face-to-face counseling. Read more >


Ingredient in Red Wine May Help Fend Off Fatty Liver Disease
Alice G. Walton

The accumulation of fat in the liver can lead to such diseases as cirrhosis and fibrosis. Read more >


Safer and Tastier: Marinating Meat Reduces Suspected Carcinogens
Neil Wagner

Cooking meat at high temperatures produces suspected carcinogens. Marinating meat before cooking lowers the amount of these substances. Read more >


Mediterranean Diet Wins Again
Neil Wagner

A Mediterranean diet is a diet that's rich in grain, fruits, vegetables, nuts, olive oil and includes a moderate amount of red wine. Read more >


Breastfeeding and Fish Consumption Spur Early Child Development
Neil Wagner

Mothers who eat fish while pregnant and who later breastfeed their infants see better early physical and mental development. Read more >


Raw Food Diet: Good Deal or Raw Deal?
Neil Wagner

Eating raw foods avoids many of the pitfalls of a traditional Western diet - like added salt and sugar. But it is not so simple as it seems. Read more >


Eating Broccoli May Protect the Heart from Damage Due to Diabetes
Alice G. Walton

Add protecting blood vessels in diabetes patients to the long list of broccoli’s health benefits. A compound in broccoli ... Read more >


Coffee Drinkers Live Longer
Neil Wagner

Coffee drinkers have a lower mortality rate, even from cardiovascular disease, according to a long-term study. Read more >


Eating Eggs for Breakfast May Help Dieters Shed Pounds
Alice G. Walton

Eating a low calorie breakfast of eggs is good for your diet. Read more >


Eat Better and Enjoy It More — Enhancing Senior Nutrition
Barbara Boughton

"Eating well is vital at any age, but as you get older, your daily food choices can make an important difference in your health." Read more >


How to Increase "Good" Cholesterol
Tom Gilbert

Higher levels of HDL are associated with lower risk of heart attack or stroke. Read more >


Treating Heart Risk in the Obese — Pills Are Not Enough
Linda Hepler

Prevention, not handing out pills, is the key to improving risk for heart disease. Read more >


U.S. Leads Europe in Strokes
Tom Gilbert

Mediterranean countries have a lower rate of stroke compared to the US, which may reflect the influence of the "Mediterranean diet." Read more >


Folate Deficiency Triples Dementia Risk
Tom Gilbert

People concerned about senile dementia should make sure they are eating plenty of leafy vegetables. Read more >


Eat Less Or Exercise More? A Little of Either Will Help Your Heart
Tom Gilbert

The heart is not picky. Whether you eat less or exercise more, it responds to weight loss. Read more >


Selenium: A Trace Element with Real Potential
Mark Sutter, M.D. and Jennifer Brown, M.D.



Something to Lose Sleep Over — Sleep Loss and Your Health
Eve Van Cauter, Ph.D.

Professor of Medicine, University of Chicago School of Medicine, Chicago, IL. Read more >


Women Catch a (Coffee) Break
Tom Gilbert

Popular legal stimulants coffee and tea do not increase a woman's risk of developing breast cancer. Read more >


Can Salt Cause Ulcers?
Tom Gilbert

Doctors used to tell us that stress caused ulcers. Read more >


The Elderly & Vitamin D
Tom Gilbert

Recent research has led to a growing awareness of the importance of vitamin D to our overall health. Read more >


Good News About Coffee and Cigarettes?
Tom Gilbert

People suffering from Parkinson's disease are less likely to smoke or consume high doses of caffeine than family members who do not have the disease. Read more >


Can Calcium Make Pregnancy Safer?
Tom Gilbert

Calcium supplementation during pregnancy can help reduce the risk of high blood pressure and preeclampsia. Read more >


If You Needed a Reason to Drink Coffee
Tom Gilbert

A study finds coffee drinking is related to a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes. Read more >


How Sweet It Is: Sweeteners in Health and Disease
Edward Saltzman, M.D.



Osteoarthritis
Yusuf Yazici, M.D., and Akgun Ince, M.D.

Strengthening exercises for the quadriceps can help relieve symptoms of knee arthritis. Read more >


Less is Less: the Undertreatment of High Blood Pressure
Eli A. Friedman, M.D.

If your doctor says your blood pressure is "a little high," you should betreated with anti-hypertensive drugs. Read more >


More than a Little Heartburn: Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
Gary M. Gray, M.D.

To reduce episodes of heartburn, avoid cigarettes,late night meals and alcohol and coffee in the evening. Read more >


Coronary Heart Disease in Women
Susan C. Stewart, M.D.

Two common conditions that can produce chest pain and are frequently confused with angina are esophageal reflux disease and panic attacks. Read more >


How Much Protein Do You Need?
Robert M. Russell, M.D., and Carmen Castanada Sceppa, M.D., Ph.D.

Amino acid supplements are not digested and absorbed into the body as readily as amino acidscoming directly from food sources. Read more >


Diet and Heart Disease
Robert M. Russell, M.D., and Alice H. Lichtenstein, D. Sc.

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