Nutrition

Diet sodas: Bubble trouble?

Diet sodas: Bubble trouble?

It’s hot, and you’re thirsty, and just seeing the image of soda above may make you thirsty for some of the bubbly sweetness.  But if you want to lose weight or prevent weight gain, avoid diabetes and heart disease, have pretty teeth, decrease depression, and maintain strong bones - avoid diet soda.  Read on to learn more about why diet soda (and all regular soda) is bad, and how you can break the habit...

Oil: Friend or Foe?

Oil: Friend or Foe?

Recently, 60 minutes covered a story highlighting the risks of purchasing olive oil in the United States.  The journalist Tom Mueller, who wrote the book Extra Virginity, researched the olive oil industry and estimates that 75-80% of extra virgin olive oil that is sold in the U.S. does not actually meet the legal grades for extra-virgin oil.  

So what are we to do with this information, since we all know there are benefits to extra virgin olive oil?  First, know the best oils to consume for optimal health, and learn the best brands (particularly for olive oil).  And second, learn the best strategies to use when purchasing cooking oils.

Low Sugar, "Healthy-ish" Protein Bars

Low Sugar, "Healthy-ish" Protein Bars

Although it's best to eat a whole foods, low processed diet, we also know that we are busy people and don't always have time to prepare a healthy snack or meal.  For those of you who like a go-to meal bar, protein bars can be a good option - but you have to be a good detective to find those the healthiest options.