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Dr. Ayala
Pediatrician, artist, mom and serious home cook, blogs about nutrition and health
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Whole grains – unlike refined grains, which have been stripped off their bran and germ and rendered into pretty much pure carbs – retain many essential nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, polyphenols and ‘good’ fats. They’re the type of foods that healthy diets are made of. Continue reading
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Chocolate research centers on cocoa flavonols. Flavonols are plant molecules, abundant in many foods. Cocoa beans are seeds, and seeds are generally packed with important phytochemicals to protect the seed and enable its development into a full-grown plant. Tea, onions, kale, grapes and apples also contain similar flavonols. That's why we should eat lots of and mostly plants. Continue reading
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Fall is here, the time to celebrate the harvest. And a good occasion to look at what’s new in organic food. Here are a few fresh reasons to be optimistic. Continue reading
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It’s easy to do a thing we enjoy, that’s why it’s critical that kids enjoy healthy foods. To make healthy foods desirable we need to employ all aspects of food joy: early and repeated exposure to achieve familiarity, social joy connected to healthy eating, and the expectation and belief that healthy food is delicious. Continue reading
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Eating after 8pm has been associated with weight gain. But what 8pm is the middle of your day? Many of today’s teens and college-aged kids are creatures of the night. They live in social jetlag. When your day begins at 12pm and ends at 3am, midnight meals are almost called for. Continue reading
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There’s nothing wrong with a cup of coffee. On the contrary: coffee by itself is actually part of a healthy diet and lifestyle, and much better than most other drink options. But coffee and sugar are connected in more than one way. So today, two recent bits of recent research about the coffee-sugar connection. Continue reading
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“Am I fat?” It is a frequent question among girlfriends and spouses, and a rather weird and awkward one. Weight is, after all, measurable, a fact, and a second opinion shouldn’t be necessary. But a new study shows that people actually just don’t know where they stand. Continue reading
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Feeling that you exercise less than others was associated with early death in a new study, regardless of illness, age, and the amount of actual active time. Apparently, the placebo effect works for fitness as well. Continue reading
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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