Entries by Keith-Thomas Ayoob

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 […]

Dear Tom Brady: You Won, Your Nutrition “Beliefs” Don’t

Tom Brady is a multiple Super Bowl winner.  He’s also a businessman, and he’s glommed onto the formula for marketing a diet regimen: Be a celebrity, preferably a sports celebrity, because they’re instantly believable.  Not credible, but no one cares about credibility or facts, just that you’re believable. Look good, have a killer bod.  People […]

Wanna Eat Healthy? Get Your Nitrates!

Think nitrates in your food and eating healthy don’t go together? What’s this gorgeous spinach salad have to do with nitrates? Read on, but let’s start at the beginning. You’re not going vegan but you want to eat better and you’ll start with baby steps, like I talked about in my previous post.  OK, and […]