Alcohol and Your Health

Spanish researchers that found drinking alcohol was associated with a poor diet.  The study looked at the drinking and eating habits of over 12,000 adults age 18- 64.  They found that binge drinking, heavy drinking, hard liquor and even drinking during meals were all associated with poor diet. According to the study author, “Drinking alcohol may […]

All Calories Are Not The Same

A commonly accepted principle in diet and weight-loss is that a calorie is a calorie.  This theory states that it is not the source of our calories, but the number of calories that is the deciding factor in our health and weight management.  As an example, 100 calories of white bread is no different than […]

BMI is Not the Best Indicator of Health

Body Mass Index (BMI) is often used as an indicator of health but a new study by researchers at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada gives more evidence that this measurement may be misleading many people.  They found that some ethnic groups are more likely to be adding dangerous visceral fat onto their internal organs like […]

Good News For Coffee Drinkers

Both the benefits and adverse health effects of coffee consumption have been the subject of study in recent years. Coffee has a long history of being blamed for many ills from stunting your growth to claims that it causes heart disease and cancer. But the latest run of studies has indicated that in moderation and […]

It’s a Fast Food World

Ever wonder why new fast food restaurants seem to be opening everywhere, even when there are plenty around already? Research from the University of North Carolina, Gillings School of Public Health in Chapel Hill might offer an explanation.  What they found is that the more available fast food is, the more people will eat it.  […]

Are We Poisoning Our Kids?

Today, nearly one in three children is overweight or obese.  Children are now developing obesity-related diseases, previously considered primarily adult conditions, at an alarming rate.  These lifestyle related diseases such as type-2 diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, poor glucose and insulin metabolism, asthma, allergies and the collection known as metabolic syndrome are […]

Does Lifestyle Intervention Prevent Disease?

Results of a study presented at an ADA’s Scientific Sessions in San Diego addressed this very question.  According to Dr. William Herman, a study author and professor of medicine and epidemiology at the University of Michigan, lifestyle intervention was twice as effective as drug therapy in reducing the development of type 2 diabetes over the course […]

What About Practicing Moderation in Your Diet?

“Eat everything in moderation” has been a long-standing dietary recommendation. However, this advice comes without much empiric supporting evidence. Although it’s often considered practical advice for a healthy diet, a new study from the University of Georgia suggests that due to term’s wide range of interpretations based on the specific individual, it is probably an […]