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The calories in restaurant meals are no joke. Unfortunately, the Xtreme Eating awards aren't for a good performance.
Jayne Hurley • August 31, 2015 • 1 Comment
Topic: What Not to Eat
It’s not easy to win an XTreme eating award.
For starters, there are usually around 1,000 calories in restaurant meals, so anything in that neighborhood is a yawner. To stand out in the crowd, you’ve got to hit around 2,000 calories—an entire day’s worth of food—even if it’s just dessert.
But our winners have what it takes…a total disregard for the obesity epidemic and the coming diabetes tsunami. Of course, you can’t blame restaurants for that. That would be so unfair. Read More
Can you spot the best frozen desserts with lower calories? Here’s what’s hot in frozen yogurt and light ice cream.
Jayne Hurley • August 29, 2015 • Be the First to Comment
Topic: Sugar in Food
The frozen-dessert aisle sure isn’t frozen in time.
Häagen-Dazs now has an Artisan Collection with mix-ins like banana rum swirl. Ben & Jerry’s has a line with a “core” of fillings like peanut butter fudge. And nearly every brand now has a line of gelato.
But if you’re careful, you can still cool off without a calorie, sugar, and saturated fat overload. Some of the best frozen desserts, like yogurts and kefirs, even offer a decent dose of protein and calcium. Here’s the scoop.
The Omniheart diet has come a long way since the first study. Here is where it began.
Bonnie Liebman • August 28, 2015 • Read Comments (2)
Topic: How to Diet
What foods belong in your fridge if you want to protect your heart and cut your risk of diabetes and cancer at the same time?
As long as you start with a healthy core diet—heavy on the fruits and vegetables and light on the bad fats, salt, and sweets—it’s up to you.
That’s what is so great about the Omniheart diet; you can round out your core diet with good fats, good protein, or good carbs. Or you can switch from one to the other, depending on your mood.
How can I exercise to reduce diabetes risks? It's not as difficult or time-consuming as you might think.
David Schardt • August 27, 2015 • Be the First to Comment
Topic: Diabetes and Diet
In 2002, the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) found that a combination of a low-calorie, low-fat diet plus exercise reduces the risk of diabetes more than metformin (a blood-sugar-lowering drug) or a placebo in people at high risk for the disease. Seven years after the three-year trial ended, the weight loss and exercise were still paying off.
Among 1,416 women in the DPP who had no history of diabetes during pregnancy, those who had been in the weight loss + exercise group had a 30 percent lower risk of being diagnosed with diabetes since the study ended than those who got metformin or the placeb Read More
Foods with trans fat are finally on the way out, but the food industry is working to keep this deadly ingredient in foods.
Michael F. Jacobson • August 26, 2015 • 1 Comment
Topic: Fat in Food
On June 17th, the Food and Drug Administration ended a battle that started a quarter century ago. The FDA banned partially hydrogenated oil, the source of artificial trans fat. The food industry will ask the FDA to allow specific amounts in certain foods, but I hope the FDA permits only levels that won’t harm consumers.
Food with trans fat entered our food supply more than a century ago, when chemists found that reacting liquid oils with hydrogen turned them into more-solid fats. That led to shortenings like Crisco (which replaced lard, butter, and beef tallow) and stick margarines. After World War II, the floodgates opened. Partially hydrogenated oils were cheap and shelf stable, and companies began to use them in thousands of foods. Read More
Quark might be a strange name, but the taste will surprise you. Pick up this fresh, smooth cheese today
Jayne Hurley • August 25, 2015 • Read Comments (12)
Topic: What to Eat
“Say cheese! It’s yummier than yogurt!” says the label of Elli Quark.
Quark may be new to Americans (so new that Elli may not have reached your area yet), but Europeans and Read More
Like any drug, the effects of caffeine on the body are not wholly good or bad. Here are the facts.
David Schardt • August 24, 2015 • Read Comments (9)
Topic: Caffeine in Food
Caffeine is the most popular drug in the United States and the least regulated one.
Up until about two decades ago, the only foods with added caffeine were soft drinks. And the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) limited their amount of caffeine to 48 milligrams per eight ounces.
That changed in 1997, when the first popular energy drink—an Austrian import called Red Bull— landed on our shores. Every 8.4-ounce can of the sweetened fortified water contains 80 mg of caffeine. Read More
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