nutrition

 

Official Health Report for SANTA CLAUS

 

 

 

 

CLAUS, SANTA

One St. Nicholas Icy Drive

North Pole, Arctic

Date of Birth (DOB):  Immortal

Medical Record #:  12-24-0000

This letter reflects the official summary of SANTA CLAUS’ (aka St. Nick) recent health visit to determine medical fitness to serve as himself on Christmas Eve in a global capacity.  As the Director of Medicine and a Board-Certified physician at the American Council on Science and Health (ACSH), I can...

The U.S. Dietary Guidelines were born of good intentions. They were created to make Americans healthier.

The guidelines, however, were not inscribed on stone tablets and handed to mankind. Instead, they are the result of a bureaucratic process and, as such, are susceptible to dubious conclusions and adverse influence by activist groups.

In 2015, journalist Nina Teicholz conducted an investigation, published in BMJ, that criticized the dietary guidelines for being based on "weak scientific standards" and "vulnerable to internal bias as well as outside agendas." 

For instance, the guidelines recommend against saturated fat, which is commonly believed to cause cardiovascular disease. But...

What is going on at Columbia University? The prestigious school, located in the Upper West Side of New York City, has employed a growing list of quacks that is thoroughly undermining its great reputation.

As our own Dr. Julianna LeMieux wrote recently, the university just asked Mark Bittman, a controversial food writer, to join the faculty of its School of Public Health. Investigative journalist Jon Entine once described Mr Bittman as a "scourge on science." Why? 

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As a professional nutritionist, I have been evaluating nutrition research for more years than I care to remember. This task involves perusing articles from multiple journals, keeping up with the latest governmental guidelines, and trying to make sense of often conflicting advice for consumers. To say nothing of investigating the often bogus claims of the latest fad diet or out-of-the-mainstream diet doctor. But now, I am forced to admit that, as expressed on the website 538, much of what we think we know about nutrition probably isn't so. 

Let's be clear, I'm not talking about some tried and true nutrition information — yes, vitamin C does prevent/treat scurvy, and vitamin D...

Too many raisins will kill you, too.

Busybodies in the American public, never content to leave other people alone, always seem to need a common enemy to rally against. For years, it was McDonald's. Then it was Monsanto and Big Pharma. Now, it's Big Soda.

At first glance, a war on soda might appear to make sense. There is no nutritional benefit to soda. Given the large and growing segment of the U.S. populace that is obese or contracting type 2 diabetes, perhaps a Pigovian tax on soda (with the aim of reducing soda consumption) makes sense. After all, the science on sugar is pretty clear: Too much of it in your diet can lead to health problems.

But a closer look at food science reveals that a tax on sugary drinks (such as soda, sports drinks, and tea), a policy being...

Nowadays, people are becoming nutrition savvy and choosing healthier foods. Particularly in the Western world, the quest for the ideal weight-loss-diet is driving the popularity of a high-protein/low carbohydrate lifestyle. 

The importance of protein for muscle-building and cell functions was discovered in the 1830's, but there is still some controversy regarding what is considered an ideal source of protein for overall health.  

What we know for sure is that humans cannot produce all the components of protein (amino acids) and must rely on food to meet the body’s protein requirement.  Protein is in many food sources, i.e., plants (grains, nuts, beans, and legumes) or animal products (dairy, eggs,...

We're now settling into our collective, two-week, nightly routine, where TV viewers across the United States are parking themselves in front of their flat-screens with a smorgasbord of snacks, while Olympic athletes in peak physical condition amaze us with their feats of endurance and awe-inspiring performances.

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And in between the waves of our guacamole-dip and tortilla-chip consumption, many of us will also take a few moments to marvel at the sculpted, muscled bodies flashing before our eyes.

A guilt-...

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Shopping for food can be a bewildering experience especially if you're pressed for time, and/or trying to decide on purchasing something you've not used before. Both factors can have an impact on how much time, and effort you spend, to get information on the nutritional value of the food you're interested in.

I'm not talking about the "Nutrition Facts" panel that...

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If you joke that whatever product is being touted as a miracle for you this week will be killing you next year, you are not alone. It's become such a recurring meme that the public has very little confidence in nutritional claims.

A generation ago, bacon was bad for you because of saturated fats, then saturated fats were okay, now an International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) committee...

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Many of us can recall pushing away broccoli, carrots, peas as kids. In a world where Sugar Frosted Chocolate Bombs exist (well, they should) what kid wants to eat broccoli?

Yet good parents know that a lot of appealing tastes are acquired (thank you, Scotch, for being persistent...