Body Composition

Most people keep track of their weight using a common bathroom scale. Doctors take it one step further by recording weight and height measurements to determine a persons body mass index or BMI. The problem, as more and more studies are pointing out, is that weight or BMI are not always a good indicator of […]

Is it a Disease to Want to be Healthy?

Orthorexia, a phrase coined in 1996 by physician Steven Bratman is referred to as a “fixation of righteous eating” or in English, an obsession with eating only healthy foods.  This thinking is now getting some attention as a cousin to serious illnesses like anorexia and bulimia. Are people who make healthy choices a priority, whether […]

Quinoa: Is it a Grain?

Although often called an ancient whole grain, quinoa is actually a gluten-free seed that originates from the chard and rhubarb family.  It comes in a variety of colors including golden, red and black varieties. Quinoa is not simply tasty.   It is bursting with all nine essential amino acids, making it complete protein.   Although […]

The Healthiest Fat?

New research from Ohio State University suggests that people with higher levels of linoleic acid have leaner bodies. They also tended to have less health threatening visceral fat between and around their organs, less inflammation and lower incidence of insulin resistance. It turns out olive oil may not be best for heart health and diabetes […]

How Much Exercise?

We’ve all heard exercise is good for us but most are still confused about what kind of exercise to do and how much is really needed to obtain health benefits. Current guidelines for physical activity state that 150 minutes per week is a good goal. That works out to be just over 20 minutes a […]