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7 Red Flags of Misleading Nutrition Advice

May 14, 2015
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Before we dig into our new series on evaluating the evidence for nutrition trends, I want to review the different types of evidence. Without this knowledge it’s easy to be misled. By being misled I mean you are only being told part of the story, which means your decision is not an informed one. So […]

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What Dr. Oz, The Food Babe and The Anti-Vaccine Movement Can Teach Us  About Nutrition

April 29, 2015
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There’s a new skepticism in the air about health claims. I can feel it. It started around 2011 with the discovery of a fraudulent study linking the MMR vaccine to autism, fueled more recently with the measles outbreak. Then, in 2014, researchers found more than half of Dr. Oz’s health claims were not supported by […]

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DHA for Kids: The Complete Guide for Parents

April 21, 2015
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This is a post from 2009 updated and rewritten to reflect the latest research As a parent, you’ve likely heard about the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids for kids. In particular, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and its less-talked about partner, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). You can find DHA in fortified food products, seafood, and offered up conveniently […]

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5 Lessons I Vow to Teach My Children About Weight and Body Shape

March 19, 2015
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I pick my kids up from school and in the car my typically quiet son informs me that eating too much ice cream makes you fat. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing so I started to ask some questions. I discovered that this was his takeaway from a nutrition lesson at school. I feel […]

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2015 Dietary Guidelines: What Parents Need to Know

February 27, 2015
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You may have heard rumblings about the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Although the official guidelines are not here yet, the process has been kick-started with a major report that summarizes the evidence. Next is the public comment period (now until April 8th) followed by the creation of Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The 2015 Dietary […]

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New Research Exposes the Importance of How We Eat

December 22, 2014
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I’m always amazed how little attention the “how” of eating gets. And by the how I mean how someone structures their meals, the level of attention they give while eating and responding to internal cues of hunger and fullness. I think the what of eating, what foods are healthy or unhealthy, is what everyone is […]

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Why We Need Radical Honesty About Family Meals (Yes, From You Too)

December 1, 2014
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Family dinners. Everyone knows they need to make time for them. And, of course, that includes planning them. But life has a way of getting in the way. Often times, this ritual can take a hit and the guilt parents face hits a record high. There’s been a trend of honest articles where parents admit to […]

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Fortified Foods: The Good, The Bad and The Useless

August 12, 2014
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You’re at the grocery store and you have the choice to buy regular orange juice or the kind with added calcium and vitamin D. Should you do it? How about that milk with DHA for your toddler? In today’s world, it seems every food item has some nutrient added to it to make us healthier. […]

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Got a Food-Obsessed Kid? Research Warns: Don’t Restrict Them

April 29, 2014
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Last week, the New York Times ran an article about the Lure of Forbidden Food.  It’s a topic I know all too well because I regularly get questions like this in my email: “We have a toddler who is absolutely amazing, but has an insatiable appetite and who I fear is addicted to food.” “My […]

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Does Rewarding Kids to Eat Healthy Backfire?

March 18, 2014
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Your child agrees to eat some broccoli in return for a sticker.  He knows if he gets enough stickers he can pick out a toy.  Will he keep eating broccoli when the rewards stop?  New research says, well, maybe. Studying the effects of non-food rewards on healthy food acceptance in kids is hot right now.  […]

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