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Dr. Ayala
Pediatrician, artist, mom and serious home cook, blogs about nutrition and health
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A new study estimates that Canada wastes 3.3 billion $CAN yearly because its citizens don't eat enough fruit and veggies. Just imagine what that sum would be for the US. Continue reading
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Hillary Clinton credits her stamina to hot sauce. She reportedly picked up her spice habit in 1992, after reading that hot chilies help the immune system. A new study, that I’m sure will please hot sauce fans, looked to see if people who eat hot peppers live longer. Continue reading
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Millennials are the first cohort to be born into an obesogenic world, they are fatter than their parents at the same age, and are projected to gain 35 pounds in the first 15 years after they finish high school. A new study finds out what makes some in this cohort healthy eaters, resistant to the temptations of high-calorie foods. Continue reading
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If you’ve been trying to eat a little bit better, chances are, this will be a good year to clinch a few good habits. Continue reading
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A new study helps explain why diet soda hasn’t yielded the expected weight loss. Mice drinking aspartame water gained more weight and developed metabolic syndrome. Further experiments pinpointed the mechanism for weight gain. Continue reading
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I have deep sympathy for parents struggling with picky eaters, especially when it comes to food-centered gatherings. The coming holidays can be especially taxing, as parents worry that family and friends will be judging them for producing a non-eater, and on top of that, for how they’re dealing with the situation. Continue reading
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The anti-soda movement is gathering momentum -- election results show -- despite the beverage industry's efforts to spread misinformation about the health risks associated with sugary drinks. Continue reading
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In skin disorders, much like in other fields of medicine, further research shows that what we eat, unsurprisingly, affects our wellbeing. We’re not back to chocolate prohibition for acne sufferers; today’s lists of bad-for-your-skin is a little more involved. Continue reading
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The glycemic index has crept upon our food experience. Once a term used by people in white lab coats, reserved to diabetes clinics, it’s now part of popular weight-loss programs (South Beach, Zone) and disease prevention plans; the low glycemic index claim is now a selling point plastered on food labels. Haven’t immersed yourself in the glycemic index yet? It’s never too late. Or maybe it’s still too early. Continue reading
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According to a new study, if you’re an average American, your weight today is lower than what your scale will display by January, and it will take you five months -- or more -- to lose what you’re about to gain in the next three. Continue reading
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A new study suggests that even small changes in hydration can make a difference. As the school year starts, giving kids access to good drinking water, and reminding them to take that drink is a really simple way to make sure studying’s a little bit easier and happier. Continue reading
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Food wrapped in dough is a favorite food group. Watch how excited kids get seeing this healthy, easy, vegetarian main dish come out of the oven. Continue reading
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We fall in love with the things we make -- that's why kids should learn how to cook plants! Continue reading
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A few tips and thoughts to make your watermelon experience more complete. Continue reading
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Unless we can make junk-food marketing to kids disappear altogether – good luck with that – we should try to somewhat level the playing field by giving veggies a bit of a marketing boost. Continue reading
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Chefs and recipe developers know about the importance of texture and mouthfeel; texture adds another dimension to the food experience and makes food more interesting and enjoyable. There’s growing evidence that texture may also affect satiety. Continue reading
Dr. Ayala added a favorite at Anastasia
Jun 28, 2016
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You might have been surprised by the news coming out last week, announcing that the World Health Organization (WHO) found that coffee isn’t carcinogenic after all. Should we worry? Continue reading
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Should parents comment about what their kid puts on his plate at a party? Evidence suggests that efforts to restrict kids’ intake are actually associated with obesity. But how we parents frame the restriction must matter, too. Continue reading
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What do the fit, beautiful music celebrities whom our teens admire eat and drink? According to the ads they help make it’s junk food and sugary drinks that got them into the great shape they’re in. Continue reading
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According to a new study, a dimmer switch may influence the food choices – and the bottom-line – in a dining establishment. Continue reading
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As spring turns to summer, here’s a wonderfully fragrant and fresh light dish that uses what’s best this season. Serve it cold on a warm night, or heat it up (microwave is fine!) for extra comfort on a chilly evening. Continue reading
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The food industry uses the health halo of the gluten free label to better sell. It’s really important to emphasize that just like one knows that foods that are peanut free are not generally healthier, gluten-free foods are not a panacea; avoiding gluten isn’t a recipe for health for those of us who don’t have a sensitivity or autoimmunity that involves gluten. Continue reading