What Went Wrong With the ‘Food Pyramid’

By Mark Hyman, M.D. Dr. Hyman, I grew up following the guidelines of the Food Pyramid,” writes this week’s house call. “Now the guidelines keep changing. What about these new MyPlate guidelines? And what about the new 2015 Dietary Guidelines? I am confused. What should I eat? Here’s the truth: The Government recommendations released in…

The Reasons We Buy (and Eat) Too Much Food

By Pierre Chandon About 2,300 holiday seasons ago, the Greek philosopher Epicurus wrote a letter to his friend Menoeceus in which he noted: “a wise person does not simply choose the largest amount of food but the most pleasing food.” As we find ourselves in another season of joyous excesses, we may wonder why we don’t…

When Food Banks Say No To Sugary Junk, Schools Offer A Solution

By Allison Aubrey This is the time of year when donations to food banks spike. But, some food banks are getting pickier about what they’ll accept. Earlier this year the Capital Area Food Bank announced it would “dramatically” cut back on junk food it receives and distributes. This means saying “no” to donations such as sheet…

What happens to your brain and body if you don’t get enough sleep

By Corey Protin We’re all looking to try and get the most out of our day, squeezing in an extra hour here and there. But there is nothing more critical to your health than getting the right amount of sleep on a regular basis. James E. Gangwisch, an assistant professor at Columbia University and sleep expert,…