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Myth: Detox diets remove toxins from your body

TRUTH: If you google search for “detox diet”, you’ll get a range of results from fasting to strict meal plans.  Most of these use quasi-science and make extremely overblown claims touting the benefits of detoxing. So what’s the science based perspective?  Here are the basics: Natural detox mainly happens in the liver (though other systems […]

Top Food, Nutrition and Wine Apps in 2013

I’m an iphone user and I have very few apps on my phone, mostly because I’m so overwhelmed with the choices that I can’t decide.  I need someone to tell me which I should use.  While I may not know the best games or media apps, I can form my own opinions about the food […]

Myth: You are very healthy

TRUTH:  How can I even make such a claim?!  Though this isn’t an attempt to insult your intelligence, it’s very likely that you overestimate how healthy you are.  We’ve all heard the statistic that about two thirds of Americans are overweight, right?  On top of that, consider the less common (but nonetheless rampant) thin but […]

Myth: Exercising for a longer period of time is always better

TRUTH:  In a recent study of 60 Danish men (who were fit but heavy), the results were clear that after a 3 month period, exercising for 60 minutes does not necessarily mean more weight loss than exercising for 30.  You might be wondering why (I am too) – but there’s probably a simple answer: those […]

Myth: nutritional claims and calorie counts on labels and menus are accurate

TRUTH: I want to preface this with an experience I had this past Saturday.  I was entering Dunkin Donuts to purchase an iced coffee. Outside the entrance, there was a thin, frail man who was hungry and asking for food, not money, just food. As I walked in, I decided to purchase a muffin for […]

Myth: The rich care more about eating healthy and spend more money on food than the poor

TRUTH: This myth bothers me so much. First, no one wants to feel tired, sluggish, out of shape, or have diseases. Some people are less motivated – but that doesn’t mean that they don’t care. False assumption. Second, in a recent study published by the USDA, low income populations (food stamp recipients) were significantly more […]

Myth: Sugar is toxic

TRUTH:  Claims that sugar is toxic have become more popular recently due to Americans’ overconsumption of highly palatable foods (like soda, candy, cakes, cookies, etc).  At this point, it’s been clearly established that extra calories from any foods are stored in our bodies as fat.  But, the question remains – is sugar toxic? Dr. Robert […]

Myth: Eating fats will make you fat

TRUTH: Eating fat will not make you fat.  Simply not true.  Eating fat is essential – we need fats to live but our bodies cannot make them without a sufficient dietary source.  It’s true that fats contain more calories per gram than protein, carbohydrate, or alcohol; however, all that means is that they’re more concentrated […]

Myth: Avoiding grains (i.e. the Paleo diet) is true to our ancestors

TRUTH:  Omitting grains is emphasized for those following the Paleo Diet because proponents claim that humans aren’t adapted to eating grains.  In short, these claims are completely unfounded and, in some cases, just plain false.  Here’s a look at the grain-related claims: Claim #1: Humans aren’t meant to eat grains. Claim #2: Humans have only […]

Recipe: Whole Fruit Pops

One of my biggest issues with summer desserts is that it is very often unhealthy.  Ice cream, gelato, sorbet with added sugar, fruit pies and cobblers, and chilled cheesecakes often top the list of sugary sweets.  Not necessary!  Making refreshing desserts doesn’t have to be highly caloric. Try using some creative molds to make these […]