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Dr. Ayala
Pediatrician, artist, mom and serious home cook, blogs about nutrition and health
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How can parents create good vegetable-eating habits? How do you get young kids to like vegetables and eat them out of choice, without a struggle? Research suggests what really works. Continue reading
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Plants, just like us humans, are teeming with bacteria, fungi and viruses that support and interact with them, and organic food may have superior and more diverse microbiome. Continue reading
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We want our appliances to run efficiently. Our body, on the other hand, we’d like to run inefficiently and waste excess energy.Brown fat opens that possibility, and certain foods appear to boost brown fat. Continue reading
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Living in greener cities is associated with better health: it lowers the risk of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, asthma, anxiety and early death. A new study finds the minimal dose of green needed for wellbeing. Continue reading
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Bigger portions make people overeat, that’s already well established. Portions can grow in two ways, however: they can grow in size, or by increasing the number of units in the serving. Does increasing the volume of the food have the same effect as increasing the number of units? Continue reading
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People on an ultra processed diet ate an average of 500 calories more than they did on an unprocessed diet each day, that led to about 2 pounds of weight gain in 2 weeks. On an unprocessed diet people lost about 2 pounds in two weeks. Continue reading
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Are there consequences of letting go every once in a while? Several studies address weight gain over vacations; they offer both reassurance and warnings. Continue reading
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Can you eat your way into depression? Can you eat your way out of it? Inflammation is thought to cause many diseases, depression among them, and the anti-inflammatory diet is put to the test. Continue reading
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If you love coffee the latest research is encouraging, coffee drinking is linked with good health. A new study looks beyond the association: Is there a plausible mechanism that would explain how coffee promotes health? Continue reading
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A new study shows that school cafeterias are noisy, and that the noise level mattered: With each decibel increase in the cafeteria sound level kids ate less fruits and veggies. Continue reading
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We already know that ads on TV and other traditional media have a role in the obesity epidemic. Turns out, exposure to Instagram influencers can also make kids overeat. Continue reading
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Highly processed foods such as soft drinks, French fries, processed meats, cookies, sweetened cereals and salty snacks, make up more than half of the caloric intake of the average American; a new study finds that eating more ultra-processed food was associated with a 30 percent higher risk of early death. Continue reading
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Exercise is a powerful keystone health habit – it can spill over to other parts of life, causing a ripple effect. A new study shows that young people who start to exercise also eat healthier without being told to. Continue reading
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Predictions can shape behaviors and decisions that eventually make the prediction come true. Could learning that you're at high risk of obesity increase your risk? Continue reading
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You don’t need to declare Sugar-Free-January, or go full Keto to enjoy the benefits of a reduced sugar diet, nor do you need to suffer the deprivation complete dessert abstinence, according to a new study. Continue reading
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Are some days more prone to adverse events than others? Turns out, holiday heart attacks aren't a myth, shows a new study, and cold weather doesn't explain the spike in disease. Here's what you can do to keep healthy. Continue reading
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Most people think about metabolic health in terms of leanness vs. obesity. But BMI doesn’t tell the whole story, and it’s the internal biochemical processes that affect the risk of a wide array of chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, heart and vascular disease. Continue reading
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Young kids who object to new foods might react better to new veggies presented separately and of course repeatedly. Kind of good news, as this is the easiest way to do it. Continue reading
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How much weight can you gain over Thanksgiving? The answer to this question may be encouraging, but there's a big caveat. Continue reading
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Whether we like it or not, online grocery shopping, the final online frontier, is being conquered. Will this shift lead to better eating habits? Continue reading
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Most people spend just a minute or two reading a menu; the placement of calorie counts can therefore determine if their information is considered or simply ignored. Continue reading
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A shift towards eating more plant foods and less meat benefits personal health and the health of our environment. An experiment in college cafeterias shows an easy way to achieve this goal. Continue reading
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In a pilot study, people who changed their mealtimes lost on average twice the amount of body fat compared to the control group, despite not consciously restricting their caloric intake. Continue reading
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It’s back to school time, and to get the school year off to a good start kids need not only school supplies and enough sleep – they need the right foods to fuel their studies. Continue reading
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