Is Diet Soda Bad For You?

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I have been asked questions about the safety of diet soda and artificial sweeteners on many occasions so I thought I’d do a little research to educate myself and others on the issue.  Before reading further you should read a prior post on my general approach to deciding whether something is ‘good for you’ or ‘bad for you’ (Click here).   What follows is a brief overview of what I learned about artificial sweeteners and how they may affect weight gain.

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The Truth About Cheese

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If you check out my last post, I have been deep into a new book by Michael Moss called “Salt, Sugar, Fat:  How the Food Giants Hooked Us”.  It’s an amazing insider’s view at how the food industry has manipulated these three pillars of food production to get us hooked on their products (and make us fat in the process).  Continue reading

Salt, Sugar, and Fat

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I have been reading a great new book recently entitled “Salt, Sugar, Fat: How The Food Giants Hooked Us” by Michael Moss. As you can imagine, this book is right up my alley.  I have learned quite a bit.  Even after all the reading I have done on the topic, I was still blown away by the myriad ways these companies manipulate us to become dependent on their products.  Continue reading

McCalorie Counting

The Coffee Bean & Tea LeafA few months ago I was in The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf in Southern California on a vacation.  Seeing as it was my vacation, I planned on splurging on one of those $5 frozen smoothie/coffee drinks that I do love so.  As I was making my selection I noticed taht The Coffee Bean has an interesting feature on their ordering menu.  They list the calorie counts of all of their products just to the left of the menu item.  When I saw that big Mocha Ice Blended had 540 calories, I was filled with surprise and flooded with that guilty feeling I get at the ice cream shop.   Continue reading

Pro Protein

Over the past few months I have become more and more aware of how the types of calories you eat influences your success with weight loss.  I explained some of the evidence for this in a prior post (Maybe a Calorie Isn’t Just a Calorie).   Continue reading

Good For You is Bad For You

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I had an interesting conversation with somebody the other day that went something like this:

Them:  I’ve been eating more fruit lately, isn’t that good for you?
Me:  Well, it sort of depends on how much you’re eating.  Eating too much fruit can be “bad for you” if you take in too many calories.
Them:  So fruit is “bad for you”.
Me:  No, fruit is full of nutrients and fiber and usually provides less calories and sugars per ounce than other processed foods.
Them:  So fruit is “good for you”.
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Maybe a Calorie Isn’t Just a Calorie?!?

Nutrition facts, the key to understanding your intake

Source: Forbes.com

Like many of my physician colleagues, I have been accused of harping on a single weight loss message.  Weight loss is merely a question of calories in and calories out we usually say.  Just make your calorie balance negative and all will be well.  You keep on arguing with us.  ‘I swear I don’t eat that much, I watch my calories but I’m not losing weight,’ you respond.  We then roll our eyes and complain about you in the doctor’s lounge (just kidding).

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