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Can Diet Cause Depression?

December 22, 2013 by Jessica Socheski

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According to a World Health Organization report, depression ranks as the number one cause of disability in America and the third highest, following heart disease and strokes, in Europe. No one knows the exact causes of depression. But recent research on diet and mood has revealed that food may be a major factor.[read more]

Physically Demanding Jobs Linked to Unhealthy Eating: Why Workers Crave Sugary, Fatty Foods

November 9, 2013 by Susan Scutti

Unhealthy eating (shutterstock)

Exploring the relationship between health and education, a team of researchers discovered that adults with a lower level of education consume more energy-dense foods — junk food — than their more educated peers. But then again, they drank less alcohol as well.[read more]

Forget Calcium Pills, Go for a Calcium-Rich Diet: Supplements Could Increase Heart Attack Risk

October 28, 2013 by Susan Scutti

calcium through diet (Christian Bauer/CC-BY-2.0)

Recent studies have presented inconsistent and conflicting information regarding the use of calcium supplements, with some even suggesting they may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. A scientist from the UC San Francisco advises individuals to focus on a high-calcium diet rather than supplements to achieve proper calcium intake.[read more]


FDA to Regulate Gluten-Free Labeling

October 25, 2013 by Jennie Bragg

For years, the term “Gluten-Free” was not regulated, giving manufacturers the ability to make their own decisions labeling. Under a new rule from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, in order to be labeled “Gluten-Free”, a food or beverage must contain fewer than 20 parts per million (20ppm) of gluten.[read more]

Symptoms of Iodine Deficiency

October 14, 2013 by Adam Leeb

Iodine deficiency

What are the consequences of Iodine Deficiency? The most severe and true symptom of iodine deficiency is goiter, but goiters are difficult to get in developed nations. More ‘subclinical’ deficiencies include a reduction in cognitive capacities and maybe a lowering of the metabolic rate.[read more]

Should You Avoid White Vegetables?

October 5, 2013 by Christine Rosenbloom

Nutritious or not?

Many 50+ active people want to eat healthy to support their active lifestyle. Do you think white foods are bad for you? If so, you might be surprised by the recent paper published by a roundtable at Purdue, whose topic and summary was "White Vegetables: A Forgotten Source of Nutrients."[read more]

Outrages of the Week in Food and Medicine

September 28, 2013 by Terry Simpson

Ok someone explain the logic behind this to me. The egg isn’t in a cage, so it is allowed to be free- to roam around and enjoy the fresh air? And for this we pay more because the egg, which is about to be scrambled, lived a beautiful egg free existence.[read more]

If You Bite It, Write It...

September 28, 2013 by Lisa Andrews

Saturday Healthy Living Edition

You’ll often hear dietitians recommend you keep a food journal when you’re trying to lose weight or control your blood sugar, especially if you're over 50. We wouldn’t ask you to add any more work to your already hectic day unless it was worth it, but if you bite it, you should write it. Here’s why.[read more]

Spice Up Your Diet

September 21, 2013 by Christine Rosenbloom

Garlic for health

Using spices can help you replace sodium, impart flavor without fat, and wake up your palate to new flavors. But spices are also being studied for cancer protection, by repairing DNA, reducing inflammation, regulating hormones, and altering cancer cell metabolism.[read more]


Bring Food Education Back!

September 14, 2013 by Joan Justice

the importance of food education

Bring food education back! How many urban kids have never seen a farm? Children should know where foods come from, what vitamins they contain, how to cook them and what kinds of foods are healthiest. This kind of education should start with the really young; let's make it happen![read more]


Shopping and Cooking Healthy for One

September 7, 2013 by Joan Justice

Farmers' markets: healthy and fun

When you live alone, it's easy to just resort to packaged food, frozen food or fast food take-out. Who wants to spend time shopping and cooking for one? However, when you live alone, it's important to eat right and keep fit. Here are my tips and suggestions for how to go about it.[read more]

Starting a Real Food Diet: 5 Fantastic Resources for the Beginner Real Foodie

September 7, 2013 by Meital James

Real food resources

Can I start with a mind-blowing fact? More than 60% of the food you see at your local supermarket is simply NOT food. It's junk. Starting a real food diet requires us to go back to our roots. To eat only real food. Whole foods. Naturally occurring foods. Not food marketed to you as being so.[read more]