- Does Dieting Make You Crabby? Does Dieting Make You Crabby?
I haven't written up a quiz in ages, so I thought I'd try my hand at one that might help you decide if your diet is making you miserable: Does Your Diet Make You Crabby?...Read Full Post
- Washing Away the Salt Washing Away the Salt
Canned vegetables can be high in sodium and I knew you could rinse some of the salt away, but I wasn't really sure how much. So, I looked into the ...Read Full Post
- This Week's Q&A This Week's Q&A
Joseph asks, "What suggested is the amount of vitamin D daily value percentages on food labels refer to, since there are so many (400, 800 and 1200 IUs)? This is ...Read Full Post
- Can You Take Too Much Iron? Can You Take Too Much Iron?
Iron is a dietary mineral that you need for the cells of your body to get enough oxygen. You may need iron supplements, but you must be careful with the ...Read Full Post
- This Week's Q&A This Week's Q&A
Joe asks, "My family doctor says cranberries are useless in helping with urinary problems. Do you agree?" You can see me answer here: Can cranberries really prevent bladder infections? Got a ...Read Full Post
- Body Image: Seeking the Impossible Body Image: Seeking the Impossible
Body image issues are always complicated. But, when they appear in extremely young girls, it becomes particularly worrying. This crazy fad hurts women both mentally and physically, but I need you to know that we have the power to stop it. I [...]
- Ideas to Make Gift-Giving a Breeze This Christmas Ideas to Make Gift-Giving a Breeze This Christmas
If you’re like me, you probably have a few people on your Christmas gift list that are almost impossible to buy for. Whether it’s your coworker or your kid’s teacher, perhaps you feel a little embarrassed by your lack of c [...]
- Why Clean Eating Isn’t ‘Healthy’ Why Clean Eating Isn’t ‘Healthy’
It’s one of those terms I hear bandied about a lot. Whether it’s from personal trainers, or in magazines and diet books. The truth is “clean eating” has no real definition. In fact, it probably means something differ [...]
- 7 Easy Ways to Turn Any Recipe into a Real Food Recipe 7 Easy Ways to Turn Any Recipe into a Real Food Recipe
There’s a misconception that really needs to be squashed! This type of negative thinking is all around us, even within the ranks of our family members. I have friends who would barely try a new food because I mistakingly introduced it [...]
- Obesity and Depression: Are They Connected? Obesity and Depression: Are They Connected?
Those with excess weight often suffer from depression. That’s no secret. What we’re unsure about, though, is which comes first. Does being seriously overweight directly lead to depression in some people? Or, does depression caus [...]
Dr. Sharma's Obesity Notes
- Pectin is Not Pectin is Not Pectin is Not Pectin…. Pectin is Not Pectin is Not Pectin is Not Pectin….
Adding fibre to your diet is one of the most commonly suggested strategies to increase satiety – however, we have long known that fibre is not fibre, as several subtypes of fibre vary widely in their different impacts on satiation. No [...]
- How Lifestyle Affects Your Gut Bugs How Lifestyle Affects Your Gut Bugs
In my show, “Stop Being a Yo-Yo“, I joke about the notion that the bugs that live in your gut can be significant contributors to your weight problems. All joking aside, the emerging recognition that your intestinal flora (a fanc [...]
- Ten Years of Eating Organic Foods Does Little To Reduce Your Risk of Cancer Ten Years of Eating Organic Foods Does Little To Reduce Your Risk of Cancer
There is a widespread belief that conventional use of pesticides, antibiotics and other factors in “industrial” farming may promote the incidence of cancers – a risk that could be avoided by eating “organic”. A [...]
- Does Flying Fighter Planes Help Burn Calories? Does Flying Fighter Planes Help Burn Calories?
If you are looking for a rather exclusive bit of energy metabolism trivia, this study may catch your attention. The study by Mateus Rossato and colleagues from Brazil, published in the Journal of Exercise Physiology, looked at how many calo [...]
- Shame And Blame Has No Role In Addressing Obesity Shame And Blame Has No Role In Addressing Obesity
As a regular reader you will be well aware of my recent excursions into the use of comedy to promote a better public understanding of obesity. A very different (and I dare say more scientific) approach to harnessing the performing arts to p [...]
- POM v. Coca-Cola at the Supreme Court: The Mind Boggles POM v. Coca-Cola at the Supreme Court: The Mind Boggles
You might think that the Supreme Court of the United States would have more important things to do than to weigh in on which of two beverage companies puts less misleading labels on its products, but apparently not. The highest court in the [...]
- No nutrition in medical education? An old story that might be changing. No nutrition in medical education? An old story that might be changing.
JAMA Internal Medicine invited me to comment on an article about the lack of nutrition education in medical schools. This was written by Nathanial Morris, a second-year medical student at Harvard, who complains about the paucity of nutriti [...]
- CDC’s food safety report card: no happy news CDC’s food safety report card: no happy news
The CDC has just issued its latest report on foodborne illness and food safety progress from 2006 to 2013. It’s report has a couple of frowny faces—Campylobacter and Vibrio cases are up—and nothing else has changed. Nothin [...]
- Is Big Food the new Tobacco? Is Big Food the new Tobacco?
Thanks to Maggie Hennessy at FoodNavigator-USA for her report on a meeting I wish I’d been able to attend—the Perrin Conference on “Challenges Facing the Food and Beverage Industries in Complex Consumer Litigations.” Hennessey q [...
- Congratulations WashPo: Pulitzer prize for food stamp series Congratulations WashPo: Pulitzer prize for food stamp series
The Washington Post won a couple of Pulitzer Prizes yesterday, among them one for Eli Saslow’s remarkable series on what it’s really like to depend on food stamps. The Post’s understated announcement about this one is beca [...]
- Waist size may be a predictor of life expectancy Waist size may be a predictor of life expectancy
- A bright light in the obesity statistics A bright light in the obesity statistics
- Get in the habit of paying attention to portion sizes Get in the habit of paying attention to portion sizes
- Take a whole-diet approach to preventing heart disease Take a whole-diet approach to preventing heart disease
A whole-diet approach, such as the Mediterranean diet, is more effective for preventing heart attacks than low-fat, low-cholesterol diets are.
- Make forgiveness a habit Make forgiveness a habit
Forgiveness is a choice you make to preserve your own health and well-being.
- Population proportion below micronutrient DRIs Population proportion below micronutrient DRIs
For a recent post about multivitamins on the American Society for Nutrition’s blog, I used the most recent NHANES data with nutrient data available (2009-2010) along with current Dietary Reference Intake (RDA or AI) values to estimate [...]
- 10 reasons to give up Health Magazine for diet soda information 10 reasons to give up Health Magazine for diet soda information
An article titled “10 reasons to give up diet soda” has made its way around the web in the last few months, most recently to CNN this week. Below I reproduce each of their reasons and explain why it is scientifically misleading. [...]
- What to eat according to twitter What to eat according to twitter
This week Dr. Coupland joked that he eats anything he sees recommended on twitter. It occurred to me that I could look at foods talked about on twitter by collecting tweets and matching each word against the list of foods in the USDA Nutrie [...]
- #FNCE 2013 and 2012 tweet comparison #FNCE 2013 and 2012 tweet comparison
Last year I collected #FNCE tweets (the annual Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ (AND) Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo) and did some simple analyses. I did the same this year and here are some comparisons. The dataset is availa [...]
- Why be on Twitter for Food & Nutrition Professionals Why be on Twitter for Food & Nutrition Professionals
I wrote a blog post for the American Society for Nutrition on how Twitter can be useful to food and nutrition professionals. Because of space constraints, I had to cut down and even remove a few thoughtful quotes that I received from many h [...]
- Morning workout vs breaks from sitting – which is better for blood sugar? Morning workout vs breaks from sitting – which is better for blood sugar?
Today’s guest post comes from Dr Meredith Peddie. You can find more on Meredith at the bottom of the post. “Sitting is the new Smoking”… we’ve all heard it…. It even made an appearance on Criminal Minds last week … [...]
- Watching this interview may be bad for your health Watching this interview may be bad for your health
A couple weeks ago I had the pleasure of being interviewed on the local Global TV morning show here in Halifax, talking about the health impact of sedentary behaviour. It was a fun interview, and we covered a lot of …
- You’ll need running shoes to see this theatre production You’ll need running shoes to see this theatre production
Travis and I have been blathering on over the years about the downsides of prolonged sitting. We may have even made a few of you as paranoid as we’ve become about keeping sedentary time down to a minimum. We’ve told …
- Help stop fat bullying Help stop fat bullying
Today’s guest post comes from author Linnie von Rekowsky. Imagine being spat at while hearing choruses of peers chanting ‘porky’, ‘puffy’ or ‘fatso’. Imagine being pushed, tripped and otherwise physically assaulted. For many overwe
- 3 Ways to Bridge the Behaviour-Intention Gap 3 Ways to Bridge the Behaviour-Intention Gap
Today’s guest post comes from Chetan Mistry and Ryan Rhodes of the University of Victoria. More on Chet and Ryan can be found at the bottom of this post. This post originally appeared on Fit After Fifty. Nearly 80% …
- Why I’ll Never Tell You to Eat “Heart Healthy” Foods Why I’ll Never Tell You to Eat “Heart Healthy” Foods
Once a food has been declared either "good" or "bad" in your mind, it becomes subject to the effects of moral licensing.
- For the Love of Food For the Love of Food
This week exercise reverses aging, perfection is for losers, and a new way for food companies to manipulate you.
- Foodist Approved: Kale Hazelnut Pesto Foodist Approved: Kale Hazelnut Pesto
Of course, this recipe isn’t for your average, run-of-the-mill pesto. I’ve upped the health factor by packing in nuts, basil, kale and miso.
- Nutrition for the Soul: Lessons from the Worlds of Should and Must Nutrition for the Soul: Lessons from the Worlds of Should and Must
The conflict between Should and Must is something that we all struggle with.
- For the Love of Food For the Love of Food
This week processed food makes you lazy, some soups may extend lifespan, and the true time frame for forming habits.