The Case Against Sugar

By Joanna Blythman For the last 15 years, US journalist Gary Taubes has been the self-nominated public enemy No 1 of the global “healthy eating” establishment. His heresy has been to argue powerfully and publicly that the official diet advice we have been encouraged to follow since the 1970s is fundamentally wrong. It is refined…

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,…

Poor Diet Is The Greatest Risk To Worldwide Health

By Allison Fox Diet-related disease is not just an American problem. Across the globe, poor diets now pose a greater collective health risk than unsafe sex, alcohol, drugs and tobacco use combined, according to a new report by the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition. “This snuck up on us,” report co-author Patrick Webb, a…

How Much Sugar Is Actually In Your Food, From Pasta Sauce To Salad Dressing

By Suzy Strutner You might assume sugar lurks mostly in foods like candy and doughnuts. But companies sneak sugar into all kinds of foods you’d never suspect, from beef jerky to good ol’ store-bought pasta sauce. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends consuming no more than about 50 grams of added sugar ― that is, the type…