October 1, 2014
IN THESE DAYS of growing income inequality, the rich get richer and the poor get . . . diabetes. And heart disease. And cancer. A recent study of the eating habits of 29,124 Americans by the Harvard School of Public Health verified a widening "food gap" between the poor and everyone else. While people at higher income levels are eating more healthy foods than they were 12 years ago, low-income Americans are lagging even farther behind. Poor eating habits, and the obesity that often results, are strongly tied to a host of chronic (and expensive to treat)
November 9, 2013 |
Saying it has determined that trans fats are not safe for use in food, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday announced steps that would virtually eliminate the heart-clogging ingredient, which many companies have already phased out of their food products. Americans' consumption of trans fats has declined sharply over the last two decades, but the independent Institute of Medicine has concluded there is no safe level, and no health benefits. "Further reduction of trans fat in the American diet could prevent an additional 20,000 heart attacks and 7,000 deaths from heart disease each year," said FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg.
March 15, 2013 |
This classic Irish quick bread - no rising time needed - lends itself to numerous creative variations. Traditional recipes often call for nothing but flour, salt, baking soda and buttermilk or yogurt. Currants are a common addition, but that's just the start. Any number of seeds, nuts, chopped dried fruit, and even chocolate can be added. For our take on soda bread, we decided to have a little of everything. We started with a rich take on the classic recipe, studding it with currants and caraway seeds.
February 21, 2013 |
You think you know what a heart-healthy diet looks like: Lots of vegetables. Lots of fruit. Lots of color and fiber. Less sodium. Very little saturated fat. Even less trans fat. But you also know something else: Heart-healthy eating is much easier said than done. Here, five local experts show us a dozen ways to simplify your everyday eating, to put you and your heart on the path to a long, lovely life together. Portion control Counting calories is hard. Limiting portions is easier.
December 17, 2012 |
In my quest to make pediatric nutrition less confusing for parents, I know you sometimes want to cut through all of the mumbo-jumbo and know what not to feed your family. So, in a very fun experiment, I asked 20 well-respected child-nutrition experts what foods they refuse to give their own children, ranging from 18 months to 20 years old. Here are the top 10 foods they won't serve: 1. Sugar-sweetened beverages. This was the overwhelming No. 1 on every list and it includes soda, juice drinks, iced tea, lemonade, and powdered drink mixes.
August 8, 2012 |
ATLANTA - Finally some good news about cholesterol and children: A big government study shows that in the last decade, the proportion of children who have high cholesterol has fallen. The results are surprising, given that the childhood obesity rate did not budge. How can that be? Some experts think that while most children might not be eating less or exercising more, they may be getting fewer trans fats. That's because the artery-clogging ingredient has been removed or reduced in many processed or fried foods.
July 17, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Turns out it's possible to make a fast-food lunch a bit healthier even without skipping the fries. New York City now has hard evidence that its ban on trans fat in restaurant food made a meaningful dent in people's consumption of the artery clogger and wasn't just replaced with another bad fat. The findings published Tuesday have implications beyond heart health, suggesting another strategy to curb the nation's obesity epidemic fueled...
June 5, 2012 |
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's brave and provocative new plan to prohibit sales of large soft drinks would seem to promote public health at minimal cost to residents. It looks like the kind of tough regulatory action the nation needs to combat an obesity epidemic that could make this generation of schoolchildren the first in centuries to have a shorter average life span than their parents. As a physician who has written extensively about the unconscious forces that cause people to overeat, I believe governments should pursue bold initiatives to fight obesity.
May 3, 2012 |
It's a beet, minus the root. Chard is a relative of the beet, but puts its energy into producing tender leaves and crunchy stalks instead of its root. Generally, any flavor that works well with spinach will partner with chard: butter, lemon, cream, garlic, shallots and vinaigrette. Try it in this easy quiche. Rainbow Chard, Bacon and Brie Quiche Makes 6 servings 1 prepared uncooked pie crust 8 ounces bacon, cut into small chunks 1 small yellow onion, diced 6 cups chopped rainbow chard (about ?
April 21, 2011 |
DON'T FEEL too guilty as you crack open that coconut-cream Easter egg, though you might want to save half for later. After nearly two decades of being considered "forbidden" in a healthy diet, coconut and products made with it are being viewed in a new light by some scientists, health nuts and chefs. Coconut - be it oil, meat, water or milk - has gone from being a cholesterol criminal to an antiviral, antimicrobial and antifungal "super food. " Monica Glass, dessert chef at 10 Arts Bistro & Lounge by Eric Ripert in the Ritz-Carlton, said she inadvertently stumbled upon coconut oil as a potential cooking fat when Googling cholesterol-friendly recipes about two years ago. "Coconut oil was showing up in a lot of gluten-free recipes," the West Chester native said.