Entries by Keith-Thomas Ayoob

Big Apple Diversity: More Here Than Meets The Eye

Four apples that look alike, but they’re four different varieties – and they taste different. When people say “I don’t really like apples” my reaction is that there are dozens of varieties, how many have they really tried? The four varieties here – Evercrisp, Koru, Ruby Frost, and Snap Dragon, are all grown in New […]

7 Nutrition Myths These Dietitians Are Busting

When people learn I’m a registered dietitian/nutritionist (RDN), they almost immediately start venting their frustrations about food issues. “Every day it’s another thing you can’t do or eat.  One day a food is good for you, the next day it’s bad for you.”  Since confused consumers make no changes, I always try to bust their […]

Foodie Alert! Finding New Fruits & Veggies At NY Produce Show

If you want to know what brings out the “food nerd” in this registered dietitian/nutritionist, watch me at the New York Produce Show and Conference.  It’s the “trade show” for growers and distributors of all kinds of produce from all over the country and I jump for joy to attend.  It’s all fruits and vegetables, […]

Holidays, Eating, & Why Everyone Needs This “Drug”!

NO ONE wants to hear about health stuff this month.  Save that for January!  We want our “once-a-year-foods”, so stay out of the way or we’ll squash you like a grape!  And why not?  Food that’s around once a year should be eaten and enjoyed.  I’ll even join you. But holidays can be challenging.  There […]

15 Tips: Prevent G.E.R.D. From Being “Thanksgiving’s Revenge”

“National G.E.R.D. Awareness Week” is November 18-24 this year — a week BEFORE Thanksgiving, but maybe that’s good.  Being aware of this annoying condition can help you avoid it. What’s “GERD”? It stands for “gastro-esophageal reflux disease”.  Back in the day, it was commonly known as “heartburn.”   It happens when the acid from your stomach […]

No, I Don’t Care If Kids Eat Candy on Halloween

Letting kids loose on Halloween doesn’t have to mean all hell breaks loose afterwards. Halloween is a once-a-year occasion.  I’m focused on what kids do the other 364 days of the year.  If they’re eating well on those other days, then there’s absolutely nothing wrong with letting them enjoy Halloween! Every year around this time […]

Wanna “Meat Up”? New Research Says Risks Are Lower Than Thought

Well, the meat wars have resumed. When new research suggests that the advice people have heard to eat less meat might have been based on weak evidence, and the New York Times sees fit to make it front page news, you know it’ll be one of the most talked about topics in the food and […]

Veto The Keto! Here’s Why It ISN’T A Cure-All For Diabetes

“What If They Cured Diabetes And No One Noticed?” is a headline that’s total clickbait. It was published here and well-written by Piper Steele. The purported “cure”? Keto. “Cure” is a touchy word. Before using it, you’d really better have all your ducks in a row. (Ducks are carb-free, by the way.) “Cure” implies it […]

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 […]