How Much Will Medical and Drug Price Transparency Help?

The truth is that there is no clear and concise way to explain how hospitals determine prices and negotiate with individual insurance companies. What you end up paying out of pocket has little to do with what price hospitals charge your insurer and more to do with the way that your insurance plan is built…

Ten Questions About Alcohol

While much ado has been made recently about adults in their twenties and thirties adopting mindful drinking philosophies or giving alcohol up completely, recent figures estimate that 17.6 million Americans, or one in twelve people, struggle with alcohol abuse disorder. Among nutrition-related topics, the subject of alcohol is one of the most confusing for many…

When Water Became More Than Water

At least there was one thing that dietitians didn’t have to spend too much time thinking about – water. That was an easy one, and all advice could be summed up in two words: “drink more.” If you feel tired, a little irritable, less willing to work, and forgetful, you might be dehydrated. End of…

Does Your Job Cause Diabetes?

The Impact of Stress In an extensive German study that collected data from more than 5,300 employees aged 29-66, scientists found that the women who were under a high level of work pressure had a 45% higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes. About 20% of people are affected by high levels of mental stress…

Are You Being Fat Shamed?

“Fat shaming” has become a standard term recently, starting a few years ago when several videos strongly criticizing and harassing overweight people were made public and went viral on the Internet. It is possible that these poorly educated individuals actually believed that their hurtful comments would spur some obese people to lose weight and actually…

How Climate Change Affects Food Production

Maybe you haven’t been too affected personally by the impact of climate change on the food that you eat yet. By 2030, if we continue on the same trajectory that we are currently on, we will all be undoubtedly able to see the negative impacts of climate change on crop and pasture yields, regardless of where…

Why Your Tuna Dinner Might Not Contain Any Tuna

In 2015, average per capita consumption of seafood in America was 15.5 pounds. In fact, the United States is the second largest seafood consuming country in the world (China is number one). Unfortunately, a report by Consumer’s Report found that many types of fish procured at retail stores and restaurants in New York, New Jersey,…

20 Tips to Waste Less Food

Apples will last 10 times as long if they are kept in the coldest part of the refrigerator (usually the bottom drawer). Make a mixture of one part vinegar to three parts water to wash your berries in. They will stay fresh for several more days than they would otherwise. Store onions in a hole-punched…

America Runs on Donuts, and That’s a Bad Thing

Do you know how much sugar you’ve consumed today? If you’re an average American, it’s likely in the ballpark of 420 calories worth – 28 teaspoons! The recommendation is no more than 100 calories/6 teaspoons for women and 150 calories/9 teaspoons for men. Consider that a single piece of Black-Out Cake from The Cheesecake Factory…