Nutrition and Lifestyle

When you need a boost of Vitamin C, we bet you never think to eat some bell peppers! Here are five foods that are higher in Vitamin C than oranges!

The media is alive with a new report sure to satisfy the confirmation bias of a billion people; drinking coffee is good for you!! And evidently, the more, the better.

At least that is what the media has chosen to tell us in their interpretation of an article in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine entitled Association of Coffee Consumption With Total and Cause-Specific Mortality Among Nonwhite Populations.

Aren't these the same media groups that decades ago lifted Center for Science...

Dr. Gregory House was fond of saying, "Everybody lies." In the food industry, that maxim could be modified to, "Everybody cheats."

Indeed, food fraud is absolutely rampant. In some parts of the world, beef hot dogs may contain buffalo. Cheese labeled Parmigiano-Reggiano may not be authentic. Phony seafood is especially notorious. And now, new research indicates that extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO) may not be the pure, wholesome maiden you've been anticipating for your dinner night.

What Is Extra-Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)?

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Can we eat our way out of potential global warming? This is the question that Helen Harwatt and her co-authors considered in an article entitled, Substituting beans for beef as a contribution toward US climate change targets, in Climate Change. It was neither a randomized clinical trial or an observational study, it was instead simply speculation based on a mathematical model. They took information regarding beef and beans consumption and nutritional value from the US Department of Agriculture and estimates about carbon dioxide production during the life cycle of both beef and beans and declared:

  • They say beef is the most greenhouse gas (GHG) intensive food item, with what they write are...

The good news is that more of us report walking regularly than in the past. That’s true for most demographic groups, but the level of reported activity still has far to go to reach recommended levels. At least that’s the message of the CDC as reported in the latest Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) — authored by Dr. Emily N. Ussery and colleagues.

They analyzed data from the National Health Interview Surveys (NHIS) from 2005, 2010, and 2015. NHIS is an in-person interview designed to represent the non-institutionalized population of the United States. Among other information gathered, they asked about the amount of walking by adults aged 18 +. Then, they analyzed these responses for...

The thoroughly debunked myth that the world is overpopulated is still pervasive. A corollary to that myth is the belief that, as the population continues growing, we will not be able to provide enough food for everybody. In fact, the exact opposite is the case.

In wealthy parts of the world, we produce too much food, in part because we reject ugly food and in part due to government policies that have distorted the market. As a result, we end up throwing away much of it. The numbers vary, with The Guardian reporting that the U.S. wastes about half of its food, while...

One phenomenon that continues to mystify physicians and healthcare professionals alike is the "obesity paradox," the idea that significant extra weight can actually be beneficial and provide protection in some circumstances. 

For years, studies have been released that produced competing findings – some that supported its existence, others that undermined it – only serving to muddy the waters in this area of research. 

While just recently in April the medical community learned of news that undercut the paradox, this week the release of a new study again produced contradictory results, that those "overweight or even mildly obese survive strokes at a higher rate as compared to...

It's long been acknowledged that over-consumption of sugary beverages (SSBs), be they fruit juices or colas, contribute to obesity and type 2 diabetes (T2DM). In an attempt to help folks reduce their calorie intake, some experts advise people to switch to artificially sweetened versions of such beverages. Some researchers purport to have found links between consumption of even artificially sweetened beverages (ASB) and obesity and T2DM. As we’ve noted before (see here) we find such theories more than a little hard to swallow. Yet a recent study seems to suggest just that.

Dr. Mengna Huang...

Can't Avoid Sunburn? Vitamin D Might Help

Maybe you’ve been out on the water — on a fishing trip for example. And even though you did use sunscreen, by the time you get home, you can tell a nasty sunburn is in your future. Until now, all you could do is take palliative steps — cool baths, maybe an anti-inflammatory medication or a local anesthetic cream or spray to counter the worst of it. A new study just published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology suggests that good old vitamin D might be able to help.

Dr. Jeffrey F.  Scott from the Cleveland Medical Center and colleagues investigated the possibility that vitamin D might prevent the deleterious effects of sun exposure on...

A Google search of the term “turmeric” yields well over 36 million links (full disclosure: I did not read them all). There have been over 15,000 papers published on turmerin and curcumin, its active ingredient, and more are published all the time. Why all this interest in something derived from a kind of weird-looking rhizome (a rhizome is an underground stem, not a root). Well, this golden spice ingredient has been used for centuries in Indian cuisine (think curries) and in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). It has been labeled “one of nature’s strongest anti-inflammatory plants”, and supposed via that mechanism is a helpful topical compress for muscle strains and injuries as well as a useful anti-cancer agent when taken internally.  Some have touted it for supposedly being...