Entries by Keith-Thomas Ayoob

IT’S HOT OUT THERE! ARE YOU EATING ENOUGH WATER?

  It’s summer, the hottest time of year, and everywhere you turn you’re hearing about the importance of drinking enough water and fluids. But how much should we be drinking?  The daily water intake recommendations by the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academies of Sciences are 13 cups (3.7 liters or about 125 […]

BEEF EARNS ITS PLACE AT THE WEIGHT LOSS TABLE

A solid clinical study by a well-respected team, just published in the July issue of Obesity Science and Practice, showed that eating lean beef, at least four times per week, produced weight loss just as effectively as a non-beef diet.  Even better: there was no negative impact on heart health indicators, like total cholesterol, LDL […]

How YOU View Food & Health: “And the Survey Says…”

  …you’re confused! The International Food Information Council (IFIC) recently released its 2017 “Food & Health Survey: A Healthy Perspective: Understanding American Food Values” all about consumers’ beliefs and behaviors around food. To “cut-to-the-chase,” consumers are confused!  How confused are they?  Here are some highlights: 4 in 5 admit finding conflicting information about food and […]

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.  […]