Browsing All Posts filed under »Scientific Studies«

No Sugar Coating Here…

February 2, 2012


UCSF researchers are boldly going where they will surely be skewered. In this article by Juliana Bunim, UCSF researchers stress that we – as a society – need to eliminate sugar from our diets. The science is clear: sugar is addictive, toxic and responsible for a global health crisis. Bunim writes, At the levels consumed by […]

What Do a Single Canadian Mom, The Atlantic and Malcolm Gladwell Have in Common?

February 1, 2012


Last week I read an article by Catherine Mitchell about a single young Canadian mom of five who was struggling to feed her family on a very limited income. Mitchell tagged along as the mom grocery shopped and then served a few meals at home. The mom understood the difference between whole and processed foods. She […]

Get Me Out of Hyper Flavor Land!

January 27, 2012


I love the taste of fruit. I almost like the taste of vegetables. So why am I ga-ga over certain chips, candies, breads and cheesy-ooey-gooey foods? This 2008 Today’s Dietitian article explains part of it. Written by Juliann Schaeffer, it explains how palates work and offers tips on how to retrain our palates. I’m in! (And […]

2012 A Vending Odyssey

January 20, 2012


Vending machines are bad, right? Especially in schools. They make kids eat stuff they shouldn’t and turn them into fat lazy teens.  Bad, bad vending machines! A Penn State study followed 19,000 middle school students in 1,000 schools from 5th to 8th grade. Researchers wanted to see if the presence of vending machines in their […]

A Tale of Two Cheese Sandwiches

January 17, 2012


Another study, this time about whole food (WF) vs. processed food (PF)… If two meals contain the same nutritional components, our bodies shouldn’t care whether the nutrients are sourced from whole foods or processed foods, right?  After all, nutrients are nutrients. At least that’s what the food industry has led us to believe during […]

When a Pound is Gained in the Woods, Does Anybody See it?

January 16, 2012

2 Have you gained weight in the last six months? According to researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, the more compelling question is, “How much have you gained?” I’m not telling. In a study group of 466 women with an average age of 25, 33% failed to recognize almost five extra […]

You Have a New Bud. His Name is Fat. He Lives at CD36.

January 16, 2012


“Receptor for Tasting Fat Identified in Humans” When I first skimmed this story, I could almost hear the collective “Duh.”  To summarize, our tongues have tastebuds. They detect sweet, sour, salt, bitter and savory (known as Umami).  Researchers from Washington University School of Medicine (in St. Louis) now say there’s an additional taste bud that […]