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Saccharin's mostly sweet following

December 27, 2010

Nutrition Lab

Saccharin's mostly sweet following

Think saccharin is unsafe? You may want to think again.

A reversal on carbs

December 20, 2010

A reversal on carbs

Most people can count calories. Many have a clue about where fat lurks in their diets. However, fewer give carbohydrates much thought, or know why they should.

Cleaning up your carb act: Where to begin

December 20, 2010

Cleaning up your carb act: Where to begin

Most Americans eat between 250 and 300 grams of carbohydrates a day, the equivalent of 1,000 to 1,200 calories. The Institute of Medicine, which sets dietary nutrient requirements, recommends 130 grams a day. Some, such as Dr. Frank Hu, professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health, say achieving that would be a big step in the right direction, but other low-carb advocates believe the number is too inflexible.

Enriched eggs, milk may not be best source for omega-3s

December 13, 2010

Nutrition Lab

Enriched eggs, milk may not be best source for omega-3s

Milk and eggs have earned their place in the American diet because they're good sources of calcium and protein, respectively. These days, some brands are also being touted as a good source of another nutrient: omega-3s.

The food-mood connection

November 8, 2010

The food-mood connection

You've heard the claims: Chocolate evokes that loving feeling. Eating fish makes you smarter. Pure carbs calm you down. If you are what you eat, as they say, then it certainly stands to reason that food can influence mood and brain power.

Organic strawberries are better — in some ways — researchers say

September 2, 2010

Organic strawberries are better — in some ways — researchers say

Consumers who buy organic fruits and vegetables because they think they're tastier, more nutritious and better for the environment are getting at least some of what they're paying for, according to a study published online Wednesday.

Here's the veggies. Now create.

August 30, 2010

My Turn:

Here's the veggies. Now create.

In my junior high home ec class, I liked the emphasis on precision we were taught: Use a butter knife to level off the dry ingredients in a measuring cup, and never pour salt into a measuring spoon over a bowl of already waiting ingredients.

My Turn: The hand that rocks the cradle can shake up the diet

August 2, 2010

My Turn: The hand that rocks the cradle can shake up the diet

I have always loved helping people achieve their fitness goals, whatever they may be.

Pantry Raid: Taken to task in May, a publicist gives up fast food and now makes most of her own meals

July 26, 2010

Pantry Raid: Taken to task in May, a publicist gives up fast food and now makes most of her own meals

In May, we raided the nutritionally bankrupt pantry of Stephanie Jacobson, a Toluca Lake publicist whose meals were based on processed and frozen foods — or fast food. She was so hard-core she had Chipotle and Pizza Hut apps on her phone.

Pantry Raid: Young but on a dangerous diet path

May 10, 2010

Pantry Raid: Young but on a dangerous diet path

Every so often, we take a candid look at the private dietary lives of people whose food choices need a makeover. Up this week: the kitchen and dining habits of 29-year-old Stephanie Jacobson.

The good and bad of Stephanie's diet

May 10, 2010

Pantry Raid

The good and bad of Stephanie's diet

Stephanie Jacobson eats a smattering of whole grains and vegetables, which is better than none at all. She's cut way back on her soda consumption and stopped drinking coffee. But fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and foods with calcium need to be added to her daily diet ASAP.

Pantry Raid recipe: Penne with chicken, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes

May 10, 2010

Pantry Raid recipe: Penne with chicken, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes

Here's a healthful recipe for chicken with spinach and sun-dried tomatoes over penne, with a side dish of zucchini, both developed by registered dietitian Ruth Frechman (we haven't tested them ourselves):

What the food diary revealed

May 10, 2010

What the food diary revealed

We asked Stephanie Jacobson to keep a food diary so that dietitian Ruth Frechman could get a better sense of her eating habits. Frechman's one-word reaction to the seven-day report: "Yikes."

Many doctors don't discuss diet with obese patients

April 29, 2010

Many doctors don't discuss diet with obese patients

With the nation's high rates of obesity and the low odds of weight loss, perhaps weary doctors are just giving up. National statistics show that only about half of obese Americans were advised by their doctors to cut down on fatty foods. The rate, from a 2006 survey, has not changed from a survey taken in 2002.

Organic: What it means on different products

March 29, 2010

Organic: What it means on different products

Some consumers are more than willing to pay higher prices for organically grown food and other products. But is the extra dollar worth it? The answer may depend upon personal priorities.

Fat American Children: Many Causes, a Lifetime of Effects

March 8, 2010

Fat American Children: Many Causes, a Lifetime of Effects

The percentage of American children who are overweight or obese has been growing for decades, and now nearly one in three has a body mass index that's greater than normal. Although evidence suggests that obesity rates are leveling off overall, for some groups of kids — especially poor or minority kids — the problem continues to grow, according to a study published Tuesday in the journal Health Affairs.

The power of the calorie count

February 15, 2010

The power of the calorie count

Registered dietitian Jill Weisenberger once had a client who kept a puzzling food journal. The calorie counts were all out of whack. The woman's tuna sandwich had 33 calories. An apple: 144.

The basic facts of calories

February 15, 2010

The basic facts of calories

A calorie is . . .

Blood pressure: potassium, fish oil and fiber

February 8, 2010

Blood pressure: potassium, fish oil and fiber

Results haven't been unanimous, but a good deal of research suggests that healthy doses of potassium can help lower your blood pressure.

Blood pressure: the DASH diet

February 8, 2010

Blood pressure: the DASH diet

DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, an eight-week clinical trial, reported in 1997, that tested the effects of three diets on 459 adults. Among the group, 133 had high blood pressure for which they were not being treated with a drug.

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Live chat: your nutrition questions answered

Administrator: Welcome to our first nutrition chat with Susan Bowerman of UCLA.

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Live chat: anti-aging foods

Administrator: Welcome to this nutrition chat with Susan Bowerman of UCLA's Center for Human Nutrition. Today's topic: anti-aging foods.

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