It’s Not All About About Grams and Milligrams

During one of my most frustrating experiences in the fun field of clinical dietetics, I had a husband and wife who were apparently under the influence of at least one potent substance, yell the names of random foods at me in a rapid-fire style for well over an hour. He had hypertension, and she had…

Why is Everyone Always Talking About Fiber?

Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are excellent sources of fiber. But why does that matter? Fiber helps you to achieve and maintain healthy body weight.  Fiber takes more chewing, slow the passage of food through the digestive tract so that you feel full, and may stimulate hormones that tell the brain to stop eating. It…

Do Calories Even Matter Anymore?

A panel of researchers declared that “our current system for assessing calories is surely wrong” at the 2013 annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. A growing body of evidence proves that certain types of foods are processed differently in the body, resulting in more or fewer calories being absorbed than…

Not So Angelic – the Problem with Health Halos

Pop quiz time – don’t worry, it’s only three questions: There is obviously no fat in Fat-Free fig newtons. How many grams are in regular fig newtons (2 cookie serving)? There are 15 grams of carbohydrate in ½ cup of Breyers Original Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry ice cream. How much carbohydrate is in a ½ cup…