For better health, eat yogurt like a French woman

Yogurt is a “vital secret for hunger management,” writes Mireille Giuliano, author of French Women Don’t Get Fat, noting that women in France will regularly eat a serving or more for breakfast, as a snack, or as a dessert as a way to stay slimmer, sexier, and healthier. In fact, the average French woman (andContinue reading “For better health, eat yogurt like a French woman”

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?”

Roundup of EB2013 highlights from bloggers (and others)

Now that a week of science at Experimental Biology 2013 has ended, I’ve taken a look around to see what others found that I may have missed while I was in Boston. Again, as mentioned in my preview of the conference, the American Society for Nutrition’s Scientific Sessions alone had more than 1,900 abstracts and dozens ofContinue reading “Roundup of EB2013 highlights from bloggers (and others)”

How yogurt might’ve saved humanity and could again (or something)

  The nutritional aspects of yogurt should not be ignored for reducing risk of chronic health conditions and improving nutrient status around the world. In developed countries, yogurt could help reduce body weight, blood pressure, and metabolic disease, while strengthening bones. In developing countries, it could help correct nutrient deficiencies and improve immune and gastrointestinalContinue reading “How yogurt might’ve saved humanity and could again (or something)”

Just a spoonful of sugary drink confusion

Are sugary drinks to blame for obesity and diabetes or have they been simply served up by the media, politicians, and even some scientists as a scapegoat for all of society’s ills? In recent months, the question has sparked harsh words, flared tempers, op-eds, demonization, and even talk of creating policy that would ban orContinue reading “Just a spoonful of sugary drink confusion”

Why medical imaging could keep diet from losing out to drugs

The balance is tipping from diet and lifestyle to use of drugs and bariatric surgery to combat obesity and chronic disease. However, new medical imaging technologies can help turn the tables. University of Toronto professor of nutrition David Jenkins, MD, who is most well-known for developing the concept of the glycemic index, gave this year’s AtwaterContinue reading “Why medical imaging could keep diet from losing out to drugs”

Does linoleic acid lead to inflammation and cardiovascular disease?

The Sydney Diet Heart Study published earlier this year brewed fresh debate on Monday at a symposium in Boston organized by the American Society for Nutrition at Experimental Biology 2013 surrounding dietary recommendations to substitute saturated fats with polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) and, in particular, omega-6 linoleic acid (n-6 LA). An evaluation of recovered dataContinue reading “Does linoleic acid lead to inflammation and cardiovascular disease?”

Interview with ASN Executive Officer John Courtney, Ph.D.

It’s telling when a scientific organization is truly engaged with its membership when one of its executive officers reaches out through social media and agrees to be interviewed by a member blogger. When I met John Courtney, Ph.D., ASN Executive Officer, it was in a hallway of the Westin Boston Waterfront, and he was highlyContinue reading “Interview with ASN Executive Officer John Courtney, Ph.D.”

Soothing our eyes and lifting our spirits

James Allen Olson (1924-2000), a nutritional biochemist and professor of Iowa State University, believed that every scientific presentation at Experimental Biology deserved “a good question.” The question on Friday afternoon was whether or not to continue on with a special session held in honor of his memory. It was an event that would highlight carotenoid researchContinue reading “Soothing our eyes and lifting our spirits”