Dr. Jan Atwood, an incredibly fit 72-year-old retired exercise science professor from Penn State, knocked on my office door about a year ago. When I complimented her on looking so great, she humbly told me that her running days were over and walking was her new exercise focus despite the pain in her knees. She was hoping I could suggest a nutrition supplement or a special food that, put simply, could make the pain go away. Although I didn’t know Jan well, I knew she wouldn’t be asking for something unless the pain was real and persistent.
While Congress is reviewing a proposal that restaurants be required to publish nutrition information on their menus, consumers now have a new tool in their arsenal to make informed food choices when dining out. The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) just released a report called Anyone’s Guess, which provides sample menus and their respective calorie contents.
Is your kid coming down with a cold? Do you think that herbal remedies offer a safer, more effective approach than traditional cold medications? Well, you might want to think twice before reaching for your bottle of echinacea when it comes to treating upper-respiratory-tract infections (URIs) in children, according to a new study in the December 3, 2003, issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
“Explore New Frontiers” was the theme of the 2003 American Dietetic Association (ADA) Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo held in San Antonio, Texas, this past October. More than 10,000 attendees from around the globe gathered to explore the latest developments in a wide range of nutrition topics, presented in 100-plus sessions.
Four popular diets all appear to lower the risk of heart disease equally, according to research by Michael L. Dansinger, MD, of Tufts University New England Medical Center in Boston. He presented his study, which looked at Weight Watchers, the high-fat Atkins diet, the low-fat Ornish diet and the high-protein/moderate-carbohydrate Zone diet, at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2003.
For years you’ve been hearing that you should eat a diet high in carbohydrates. Now you’ve heard the opposite—that protein is king—from doctors, researchers and the media alike. What’s the straight answer? Can popular high-protein diets like the Atkins diet help you lose weight? Get the facts below from Amy Paturel, MS, MPH, nutrition consultant, educator and counselor.