Have you ever noticed that the media are constantly reporting findings from yet another nutrition research study? Knowing which types of studies are the most reliable is helpful, according to Rachel Johnson, PhD, MPH, RD, who presented on this topic at an American Dietetic Association (ADA) meeting. IDEA author Cathy Leman, RD/LD, draws on the ADA session to explain the different types of research, from the most to least reliable.
“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.
Sick of all the hype over “miracle” weight loss diets? Looking for an eating style that is easy to follow, is heart protective and tastes good? Consider the merits of the Mediterranean diet. Get the scoop on this classic diet with tips below from Cathy Leman, RD, LD, ACE-certified personal trainer and owner of NutriFit, a nutrition counseling/ consulting and in-home personal training business in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.
Despite recent news reports linking high cholesterol levels to different life-threatening diseases, the message has apparently been lost on many consumers. At least, that’s the finding of a new study on contemporary awareness of cholesterol as a risk factor, which appeared in the July 14 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine.