Entries by Keith-Thomas Ayoob

Why Population Studies Are “Associated” With Limitations

Sigh…another week, another population study “linking” a food with a health consequence. This just-published study involved 70,000+ participants in the Japan Public Health Center–based Prospective Cohort looked at the “association” between plant and animal protein intake and mortality from heart disease, cancer, and “all-cause” mortality (a.k.a. “death from any reason”).  Here’s what it concluded: Higher […]

Like Diversity? So Does Your Gut: FOUR Eating Styles to Help Out

I can’t count the timers people have said to me, “this is the way everyone should be eating.” RIDICULOUS. The world is round. And there IS more than one eating style that’s good for your health. This study looked at four eating styles known for their healthfulness:  • The Healthy Eating Index 2010 (HEI 2010), […]

Depressed? Some Fruits and Veggies Might Help!

When I was a kid, and for basically my entire life, having a (huge) slice of watermelon – or two or three, made me happier than eating cake.  Yeah, watermelon made me happy.  But could eating more fruit – and veggies – make you less depressed?  Some new research says that’s not a far-fetched notion. […]

When Did “Plant-based” Become “Plants ONLY”?

When the New York State Assembly said so.  They recently passed A04072,, requiring all hospitals to – upon request – offer  “a plant-based food option as an alternative to every meal or  snack  offered  in  food service  to  the patient.”  In addition, all the hospital’s written material describing food offerings must now include the availability […]

Got a Salty Tongue? New Study Says It’s Not So Bad!

Hypertension and “low-sodium diet” seem to go together like two peas in an unsalted pod.  Salt, has been one of the “eat less of” ingredients that dietary guidelines and health organizations have warned us about forever.  We’ve been told of the risks to our blood pressure and heart health in particular. In the US, we […]

Your Headphones Won’t Mask the “Noise” In New Egg-Heart Disease Study

For years, all you heard about eggs was that they were “linked with” heart disease.  Keep consumption to a few eggs per week and dietary cholesterol to less than 300 mg. per day. Since one egg has about 185 mg of cholesterol, you really had to be careful how you spent those 300 mg.  Then, […]

Did Your Child Eat 90 Cups of Strawberries This Morning?

If that happened, then be concerned with pesticide residues.  Everyone else can forget about the Environmental Working Group’s annual “Dirty Dozen” list.   I can always tell it’s spring — that’s when the EWG issues it’s list of fruits and veggies with pesticide residues, just when people are looking forward to spring and produce.  The EWG’s […]

Organic: The Answer To Cancer Prevention?

If anyone tells you they have the definitive answer, they’re misleading you. Growing foods conventionally usually – but not always – involves the use of some pesticides when there’s a need to control harmful bugs, plant viruses, fungi, etc. that damage either the whole plant or the edible portion of it.  These compounds are expensive, […]

Got the Blues? Try Onions & Grapefruit!

OK, onions and grapefruit together isn’t appetizing, but eating more high-fiber foods like these, and maybe some butter, might help, according to new research. You’ve heard for ages that diets high in fiber can reduce your risk for stroke, hearty disease, cancer, hypertension, and all sorts of chronic health problems.  In addition to all the […]