Entries by Keith-Thomas Ayoob

FRUITS & VEGGIES & PESTICIDES, OH MY!

As a kid I waited impatiently for summer. The main reason? The huge variety of fruits.  People think I love fruit because I’m a registered dietitian/nutritionist, but I’ve always been this way.  As a kid, I remember going berry-picking near the weekend place we had as a kid, in this secluded canyon an hour south […]

PROCESSING THOUGHTS ABOUT “PROCESSED FOOD”

You can’t hear any conversation about food these days without hearing about “processed foods”.  Nutrition experts, medical experts, and those who talk about food a lot all seem to be saying the same thing: processed foods are to be avoided or at least minimized to the greatest extent possible. It’s easy to join the pile-on […]

VALENTINE’S DAY IS OVER: SO HOW’S YOUR RELATIONSHIP…WITH FOOD?

If you weren’t “consciously coupled” (apologies to Gwyneth) on Valentine’s Day, it’s easy to feel left out of the happenings.  That can cause all sorts of uncomfortable feelings that trigger emotional eating. And let’s face it, the one relationship we ALL have is with food.  And our food relationship, like any other one, can have […]

CHOCOLATE ON VALENTINE’S DAY? NO, EVERY DAY!

A National Confectioners Association survey recently revealed that 94% of Americans reported wanting chocolate on Valentine’s Day.  I didn’t participate in the study but you can count me among them.  I want it every day.  I’m health conscious.  Read on. For hundreds of years however, Europeans felt chocolate was heart healthy and even aided the […]

IS BUTTER BACK? NO, BUT FULL-FAT DAIRY IS!

Do you shy away from drinking milk and yogurt because you don’t like the low-fat/fat-free stuff but also avoid cheese because of the saturated fat? Well, have a slice of cheese and read on.  And while you’re at it, scoop some full-fat yogurt on some fruit, too.  Your cardiologist probably won’t cringe, either, and may even […]

US NEWS’s BEST & WORST DIETS: Get my take & stop building a shelf of diet books

US News started 2017 with their ratings of popular diets.  What stands out?  The sheer quantity!  They rated 38 – count ‘em – 38 diets, and had a panel rate them on many factors, including health, weight loss, and overall.  They also classified them into such categories as best “commercial” diet, most heart-healthy, best diet […]

YES! KIDS WHO EAT BREAKFAST DO BETTER IN SCHOOL

You’ve heard it forever: “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.”  Sounds exactly like something you’d hear from picture-perfect TV moms like June Cleaver on “Leave It To Beaver, or Mrs. Cunningham on “Happy Days.” Well, it’s really true, according to the latest research – and a lot of studies that preceded it.  […]

ARE YOU & YOUR KIDS “BACKLOADING” PROTEIN?

You’ve heard about protein, you know it’s important for building muscle, and you know meat, poultry and fish have a lot of it. No worries about getting enough protein, either, at least here in the US. But according to research by the US government, we tend to “backload” our protein – meaning we get most […]

MSG: Could It Mean “Maybe Something Good”?

Most people who would consider themselves nutrition-conscious, and certainly self-respecting foodies, would probably deny that they use or eat monosodium glutamate, or “MSG”.  It has a bad reputation as being dangerous, harmful, you name it.   Did you know you’ve been eating glutamate forever?  Here are a few facts about glutamate: ·         It’s the most plentiful […]