Vitamins and Minerals 101

As indicated in Vitamania, vitamins are essential chemicals our bodies need to maintain health. They are also viewed as miraculous molecules found in bottles of supplements and packages of functional foods as glorified by both small and large companies in either the pharmaceutical or food industries. How vitamins and their micronutrient companions, the minerals, function in the body is poorly understood by most purchasers of … Continue reading Vitamins and Minerals 101

The (Non) Sense of Nutritional Supplements

by Hrvoje Verži   It was bound to happen. As a professor I directed enough graduate students to eventually find one who was as eccentric and as provocative in dealing with me as I was in dealing with my major professors when I was a grad student. Hrvoje (Herbie) Verži was that student for me. He gave me a better appreciation of what my former professors faced. … Continue reading The (Non) Sense of Nutritional Supplements

Vitamania: Our Obsessive Quest for Nutritional Perfection

                     Catherine Price takes us on a journey to Vitamania*, a land where foods cause angst in our daily lives while vitamins and other supplements provide hope for a healthy life. This journey takes us back to a time when unknown diseases were debilitating and killing unsuspecting victims. Fortunately, over a long period of time chemists were able … Continue reading Vitamania: Our Obsessive Quest for Nutritional Perfection

In defense of nutritional information in restaurants, chocolate milk, sugar-coated cereals, and energy bars

I typically use the fifth Tuesday of a month to update items from previous articles on the blog. This week I wish to defend a governmental action, two items my parents fed me when I was young that are now much maligned, and one of my go-to snacks that is also coming under fire. Nutritional information on restaurant menus and displays is now required. The … Continue reading In defense of nutritional information in restaurants, chocolate milk, sugar-coated cereals, and energy bars

Grading my parents on instilling healthy eating patterns

Sometime while reading It’s Not About the Broccoli I began to wonder how well my parents did at cultivating good eating practices in me. Let me state up front that the 50s were a very different time than today. I was a free-range kid who walked a mile to school and back twice a day as I ate lunch at home during our 90-minute lunch … Continue reading Grading my parents on instilling healthy eating patterns

Seven principles of pop nutrition

“Never before has a nation known so much about nutrition, yet eaten so poorly,” states Dina Rose in It’s Not About the Broccoli. But does America really know that much about nutrition in the 21st Century? When I was growing up in the 60s, American culture was hung up on self-psychoanalysis so we could have a more fulfilling life. There are still many self-help books … Continue reading Seven principles of pop nutrition

Healthy Eating in Families: Avoiding the Power Struggle

by Dana Crater My wife and I have a total of six weeks of experience as parents. Nieces and nephews have come to visit us, one at a time for a week to give us a taste of what it must be like as a parent. Thus, I am completely unqualified to comment on anything resembling parent-child relationships. For help on a follow-up to It’s Not … Continue reading Healthy Eating in Families: Avoiding the Power Struggle

It’s Not About the Broccoli: Three Habits to Teach Your Kids for a Lifetime of Healthy Eating

How can a parent deal with children who won’t eat the food on their plate? It is the one common question I have been asked in the two interviews1 I have done for my book. It’s Not About the Broccoli may provide the answer that so many parents have been searching for. Unlike so many of the authors of food books, Dina Rose does not … Continue reading It’s Not About the Broccoli: Three Habits to Teach Your Kids for a Lifetime of Healthy Eating

Defending the American public from fake news on science and health

Fake science seems to be taking over news sources that we have trusted for an insight into our world. An organization that is pushing back against such stories is the American Council on Science and Health. It is a consumer advocacy group founded in 1978 to promote evidence-based science and health policy. In addition to its permanent staff, the organization relies on a Board of … Continue reading Defending the American public from fake news on science and health

Why is the BMI not useful for postmenopausal women and the elderly?

Previously In Defense of Processed Food, I pointed out limitations in the BMI as an index of body weight. Unfortunately, the BMI has now become the primary health index. The BMI underestimates obesity in short people and overestimates it in tall people. Children and youth are special cases. Today’s young are evaluated against a reference standard collected over a period between 1963 and 1994. “Overweight is … Continue reading Why is the BMI not useful for postmenopausal women and the elderly?