Does eating fat make you fat?

The 1990s brought with it an era of people fearing fat. After all, “if no fat touches my lips, then no fat reaches my hips”. Harvard took charge of this debate and declared war against fat, especially saturated fat. Manufacturers created everything from fat-free yogurt to cookies. Overall, fat intake did decrease nationwide during this… Read more »

Simple dietary changes ease diabetes risk

Since 1980 the number of individuals with diabetes in the United States has nearly tripled to an astonishing 17 million (1), leading physicians, researchers and pharmaceutical companies on the hunt for the most effective treatment options. A recent publication in Diabetes Care studied approximately 400 non-diabetic individuals at high cardiovascular risk and randomized them to… Read more »

Eat your breakfast

You’ve probably heard it a billion times. “Don’t skip breakfast!” But most Americans, adults and children, are not heeding this advice. There are a bunch of reasons why you should eat breakfast within one hour of waking. And it’s even better if the meal is Zone balanced – the correct amount of lean protein, low-glycemic… Read more »

The Mood-lifting properties of B-vitamins

In a previous blog we addressed the impact of omega-3 fatty acids and their mood-lifting properties, and now it looks like we can add certain B-vitamins to the list. A recent publication in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition looked at whether dietary intakes of vitamin B-6, B-12 and folate had an association with depressive… Read more »

United States’ major export: Obesity

By Dr. Barry Sears Back in 2005, in my book “The Anti-Inflammation Zone” I wrote that many trends start in the United States and then cover the globe. We’ve exported Big Macs, Coca-Cola and the USDA Food Pyramid. Now, five years later a report from the research organization, Datamonitor, indicates we have also exported childhood… Read more »

Go organic…or not?

A hotly debated topic is whether it’s worth it to buy organic versus conventional produce. Let’s first define what organic means. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), organic food is produced without the use of most conventional pesticides; and no synthetic ingredients, sewage sludge, bioengineering, or radiation (1). For meat, poultry, eggs,… Read more »

Bringing back the lost art of cooking

If someone were to look at your eating habits throughout the week, what would they find? Are you the one who religiously stops at Dunkin’ Donuts or Starbucks in the morning for your caffeine fix? Do you pack your lunch or eat out each day? Is eating out still considered a treat for you or… Read more »

Take the pain out of your arthritis

About one percent of the U.S. population suffers from rheumatoid arthritis, a condition in which the joints become inflamed leading to redness, warmth, swelling and pain. Individuals typically experience this type of inflammation in their hands, wrists or knees; but occasionally it may affect the skin, eyes, lungs, heart, blood or nerves (1). Although medications… Read more »

Grains are good for us… right?

You want to be sick, have low energy and take a handful of medications? Of course not. Your health is more than just eating what most people believe is “healthy.” You need a basic understanding of the hormonal effects of the food you eat. We often hear, “but I eat organic, free-trade, hand-milled, seven-grain, sprouted,… Read more »

Fresh versus frozen vegetables

Are you someone who is prone to buying fresh vegetables at the start of the week, and three to five days later they are still sitting in the refrigerator waiting to be used? If this sounds like you, you may be someone who would benefit from purchasing frozen vegetables to get more bang for your… Read more »