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Nuts to You

20 Mar 2017

“Observational” studies are interesting but “interventional” studies are the nuts and bolts of nutritional science. And talking about nuts, a study just published in the New England Journal of...

Pizza Pie in the Sky

20 Mar 2017

Imagine being admitted to a hospital with a heart attack and a doctor asking how many times a week you eat pizza. This was the actual question that was asked of 507 heart attack victims and 478...

A Life Without Sugar May Be Longer

20 Mar 2017

Who would have guessed that a song by the Guess Who would become a health anthem?...

Avocados and Health

20 Mar 2017

It isn’t a pretty fruit. Its skin looks like something that should be on the back of an alligator. It sometimes is actually called the “alligator pear.” And it has been shunned by some people...

The end of the trans fat debates?

20 Mar 2017

The bloggers are abuzz about a paper in the Annals of Internal Medicine that after reviewing 72 major studies found no relationship between saturated fat intake and heart disease. The reaction was...

Is there any food or beverage that leads to a “negative" calorie balance?

20 Mar 2017

Easy answer. No. There is nothing that can be consumed that causes a greater expenditure of calories than it provides. But advertisers have given the idea a shot. But it wasn’t long before the idea...

Advice About Food Is Sometimes Half-Baked

20 Mar 2017

Back in the early 70s, just as I was developing an interest in the chemistry of food, I came across a witty quote by Mark Twain. “Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and...

Aspartame: A Bitter-Sweet Controversy

20 Mar 2017

I get asked a lot of questions.  One of the hardest ones to answer is what question I get asked the most often.  Although I can’t say that I keep exact stats, my feeling is that queries about...

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