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Dr. Ayala
Pediatrician, artist, mom and serious home cook, blogs about nutrition and health
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Google’s autocomplete suggests common queries and ranks them according to the most searched ones. At number 1 about diet soda: is it good for you. Continue reading
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A new study finds a simple way to get young people to eat more of their veggies: Give the dish a better name. Continue reading
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Can skipping meals help you cut calories? Does it matter when you eat your meals? These questions never get old, because if somehow we could arrange the same amount of food so that our bodies registered fewer calories, we could lose weight without sacrifice. Continue reading
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The anti-gluten movement has been greatly beneficial for the people whose health depends on gluten-free food – at last there are breads, grains flours and even restaurants that cater to their needs. But the belief that gluten-free foods are better for the general population has many downsides. Continue reading
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“Kids should eat more because they’re growing,” some say. “Kids should eat less, small bodies need less fuel,” say others. So which one is it? If this issue mystifies you you’re not alone. Continue reading
Some people find that eating late in the evening is a habit that makes them eat too much, and decide that all eating ends at dinnertime. But there's nothing special about eating fruit after dinner, in fact if you are going to snack later in the evening, fruit is one of the better choices.
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New studies find that he more sugary drinks people have, the lower their brain volume and the poorer their memory scores. Diet soda fared no better. Continue reading
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New research shows that we can control inflammation -- and the diseases caused by it -- not just with powerful drugs but also with our fork. Continue reading
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Are reduced-sodium, reduced-sugar and reduced-fat claims on packages helping our food choices and waistlines, or are they just pushing our buttons, persuading us to buy products that are not really any healthier? Continue reading
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Cutting just the soda, a new study shows, leads naturally to other positive dietary changes. Participants, in fact, ate 285 fewer daily calories, and the sugary drinks they skipped accounted for just half of this reduction. Continue reading
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"So good it’s addicting,” now why isn't healthy food promoted this way? Appealing to people with information about health has limited success, especially when messages about those other, less healthy foods appeal viscerally. Continue reading
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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