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Dear health-conscious consumer,

You should have the latest life-saving information about the foods you eat. And that’s why we’ve developed this Web site, NutritionAction.com®. So you can get candid, reliable, and useful information from our nutritionists and scientists…

Michael F. Jacobson, Ph.D.

Michael F. Jacobson, Ph.D.
Founder and Executive Editor

Dear health-conscious consumer,

You should have the latest life-saving information about the foods you eat. And that’s why we’ve developed this Web site, NutritionAction.com®. So you can get candid, reliable, and useful information from our nutritionists and scientists…

Current Nutrition Action Daily Tips

Review of the USDA’s FoodKeeper App for Smartphones

Can a phone App really cut back on food waste and help keep your family safe from food-borne disease?

Thanks to FoodKeeper, a free app developed by Cornell University’s Food Science Department, the Food Marketing Institute, and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), storing food has become easier and more practical! This app gives storage times for the optimal quality and safety of every category of food imaginable, from individual species of fish to baked goods and even baby foods. Especially practical is the option of automatically adding calendar reminders to consume refrigerated or frozen food items by a certain date. In addition, cooking times and general tips are provided for a variety of foods.   Read More

How to Lose Belly Fat: Deep Belly (Visceral), Subcutaneous, and Fat Around The Liver

Research suggests this workout will help middle aged (and older) men and women lose the most fat, curb insulin resistance, and minimize muscle loss.

Researchers assigned roughly 150 overweight, sedentary, middle-aged men and women with high LDL (“bad”) or low HDL (“good”) cholesterol to aerobic training, strength training, or both.

The aerobic training meant doing the equivalent of 19 kilometres a week at a vigorous pace on treadmills, elliptical trainers, or stationary bicycles. For strength training, participants did three sets of each of eight exercises, with eight to 12 repetitions per set, three days a week.

After eight months, those who did just strength training lost only subcutaneous (below-the-skin) abdominal fat.   Read More

The Best Coffee Creamers, Drinks, and Sweeteners

Nutrition and Caffeine Information

The creamer aisle is hot. From caramel macchiato, crème brûlée, and white chocolate caramel latte to Almond Joy, Cinnabon, and Hershey’s, it’s no longer just a question of “Cream or sugar?”

And it’s not just creamer. Starbucks, Silk, International Delight, and others now sell ready-to-drink coffee in bottles, cartons, or cans. It’s a whole new Joe out there.

Here’s a quick cruise through the creamer and coffee aisles.   Read More

A Healthy Mediterranean Diet

What a 2013 study did—and didn’t—find

“Mediterranean diet fights heart disease,” announced ABC News. “Mediterranean diet cuts risk of stroke,” said USA Today. “Mediterranean diet over low fat? Well, at least it’s more fun,” quipped the Los Angeles Times. A study published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine set off a media frenzy in February. Its findings were striking, but the press reports may have misled many. Here’s what the study actually found…and how it should (or shouldn’t) alter what you eat.   Read More

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