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A Handy Way to Count Calories

By IDEA Authors | March 21, 2018 |

If you want to lose weight, you know that calories matter. But in most cases, meticulously counting calories is not the solution. That approach is often tedious, inexact and unsustainable—and when eating becomes too complicated, people are more likely to give up and fall back on old habits.
So what can you do? The key is to find ways to eat quality foods in appropriate amounts.

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Recipe for Health: Freekeh-Stuffed Peppers

By Matthew Kadey, MS, RD | February 12, 2018 |

When it comes to grains in our diet, we now have more proof that whole is a whole lot better. In a study published last October in Gut, a team of Danish researchers assigned 50 adults to follow one of two diets for 2 months—one where all grains consumed were unrefined varieties, like brown rice and oats, and one where most grains were refined options, such as white rice and white pasta.

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Question of the Month

By Matthew Kadey, MS, RD | February 12, 2018 |

If we want people to eat better, we need to acknowledge that pears cost more than potato chips. A study from Drexel University, Philadelphia, published in a recent edition of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, showed that the difference in the cost of healthy foods versus their unhealthy counter­parts plays a significant role in whether people follow a nutritious diet.

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Restaurant Critics Are Social

By Matthew Kadey, MS, RD | February 12, 2018 |

It turns out there’s a social media spillover effect from those calorie postings popping up on more restaurant menus. A 2017 report in Marketing Science discovered that health mentions about foods at 9,805 eateries in New York—where chain restaurants are now required to post calorie counts on their menus—increased significantly in 761,962 online reviews that followed the implementation of calorie posting.

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Bobbing for Apples

By Matthew Kadey, MS, RD | February 12, 2018 |

If you’re concerned about any lingering pesticides on your apples (after all, they are among the most heavily sprayed crops in America) but the price of organic causes too much pain at the checkout, then consider giving your fruit a baking soda bath.

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Another Sugar Downer

By Matthew Kadey, MS, RD | February 12, 2018 |

Consuming too many sweet drinks, doughnuts and chocolate bars may lead not only to a belly bulge but also to a sour mood. After accounting for confounding factors like socio-economic status, body weight and smoking, researchers from University College London found a link between high sugar intake and mental conditions like depression and anxiety in men, according to research published in the July 2017 edition of Scientific Reports.

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Attack of the Snacks

By Matthew Kadey, MS, RD | February 12, 2018 |

Our increasingly harried lives are driving a shift toward eating more grab-and-go snack foods instead of sit-down meals, but research published in Appetite in January 2018 shows that just seeing the word snack on a food label may lead us to eat more.

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Fatten Up Your Salads

By Matthew Kadey, MS, RD | February 12, 2018 |

Mary Poppins famously advised that “a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.” Now, it looks like a spoonful of oil helps nutrition levels go up—if we apply the right oils to certain veggies. In a study published recently in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers at Iowa State University found that subjects who ate salads with added soybean oil absorbed several key nutrients and antioxidants, including beta-carotene, vitamin E, vitamin K and lycopene, better than when they munched on salads minus the oil.

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Rethink Dining Alone

By Matthew Kadey, MS, RD | February 12, 2018 |

If your dining company is more likely to be a smartphone than a living, breathing human, you could be on the path to health woes that go well beyond heartburn. A paper published in Obesity Research & Clinical Practice in October 2017 suggests that the increasingly common practice of trading in family meals for less formal, more sporadic solo eating could raise the risk of developing maladies like heart disease and diabetes.

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Fire It Up

By Matthew Kadey, MS, RD | January 17, 2018 |

Looking for some heat this winter? Turning up the furnace on your meals with chilies may make it easier to stay on good terms with the scale, according to a study conducted by OminActive Health Technologies and University of Arizona and published in Advances in Nutrition in 2017.

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BPA Replacements Show Promise

By Matthew Kadey, MS, RD | January 17, 2018 |

In the past decade or so, a number of studies have suggested that high exposure to bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical compound used in the lining of many canned foods and drinks (as well as in plastics, to make them tougher), could raise the risk for everything from heart disease to diabetes to weight gain.

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Rise of the Plants

By Matthew Kadey, MS, RD | January 17, 2018 |

While meat remains the primary protein source for most Americans, it appears that more people are considering serving up chickpeas instead of chicken more often. According to the market research firm Nielsen, 22% of Americans plan to cut back on their meat intake, and 15% of those surveyed wish to bump up their intake of plant proteins like legumes, nuts and seeds, according to a 2017 report from FoodNavigator-USA.

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