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…

Why Our Kids Are at Risk for Cirrhosis

Fatty liver disease is often ignored or minimized, but this is a big, big mistake. Everyone has a little bit of fat in their liver. However, once someone has enough fat in their liver to account for 5-10% of the organ’s total weight, they have fatty liver disease. There is fatty liver disease caused by…

Why Everyone Should Be Eating Fruit. Everyone.

When you are a registered dietitian, a lot of things drive you nuts. The FDA, food marketers, bogus “experts”…it makes my skin crawl when people refuse to eat food or food ingredients, and they can’t explain why, or they try to expound on their choices, and it is a jumble of illogical and fake facts. People…

Common Myths About Heart Disease

Heart disease is only a concern for older adults. In fact, plaque can begin to build up in the arteries in childhood or adolescence. The number of women dying from coronary heart disease between the ages of 35 and 44 has grown in recent years. As the problems of obesity, type 2 diabetes, and hypertension…

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…

Eat Carrots and Apples to be Happier?

One of the more frustrating things about being a health professional is the realization that being physically healthy is not necessarily motivation enough. It isn’t enough for a lot of people, and the older I get, the easier it is to not only accept this but to begin to understand it. It’s tough to be…