How to move nutrition science forward

Best known for fathering modern nutrition in the United States, for pioneering nutrition research and education in the country, and for having developed the system of measuring energy in food that is used throughout the world today, a lesser known fact about USDA’s first chief of nutritional investigations Wilbur Olin Atwater was that he alsoContinue reading “How to move nutrition science forward”

Are you really addicted to food?

It’s certainly tempting to think of some foods as being addictive. Buttered popcorn and doughnuts with sprinkles come to mind. These highly palatable, sugar- and fat-stuffed goodies are clearly “junk foods,” but does unrestrained splurging on them really a food junkie make? An Internet search would lead you to believe so—not only that “food addiction”Continue reading “Are you really addicted to food?”

Stop singling out sugar

It’s been called “deadly,” “toxic,” and “poison”. Today there’s no shortage of books, news articles, and journal articles singling out the sweet substance as the scapegoat for all of society’s ills. These include obesity, metabolic syndrome factors such as high blood pressure, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), type-2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Providing the most recent fodderContinue reading “Stop singling out sugar”

Consult your physician if you decide to NOT exercise

Most are familiar with the typical cautionary statement, “please consult with your physician before using this exercise equipment or beginning any exercise program.” It’s a well-intended message designed to be responsible and keep people safe. But scientists called for public warnings with exactly the opposite message at a satellite symposium that was organized by theContinue reading “Consult your physician if you decide to NOT exercise”

Experimental Biology: Where Science Happens

In a textbook or dictionary, science is generally described as being about experiments and observations. But scientists know better than that. They know that science is just as much about sharing data, comparing data, having arguments about data, coming up with theories, and shooting theories down. It’s there that the road to scientific consensus lies and that holds true, especially, in nutrition science. No, scientific consensus in nutritionContinue reading “Experimental Biology: Where Science Happens”