Does ‘Feed a Cold, Starve a Fever’ Really Work?

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014
Does 'Feed a Cold, Starve a Fever' Really Work? Blog Post

The thinking behind the old saying "feed a cold, starve a fever" goes like this: fasting causes a drop in body temperature, which helps to fight a high fever, while eating raises your temperature, warming you up if you have a cold and keeping your sniffles at bay.

Is Kale Bad for My Thyroid Health?

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014
Is Kale Bad for My Thyroid Health?  Blog Post

Kale’s über-healthy reputation is in part thanks to the cancer-fighting compounds it boasts called glucosinolates. But there’s a compound within glucosinolates that interferes with your thyroid function—and some may worry that eating too much kale could hurt their thyroid and possibly even cause hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid). (Why does that matter, you ask? Your thyroid regulates many body functions—and top on the list is metabolism.)

The MSG Myth: Are There Really Side Effects?

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014
The MSG Myth: Are There Really Side Effects? Blog Post

MSG—or monosodium glutamate—is a flavor enhancer used in savory foods, especially Asian foods. It contains sodium, but only a third of the amount that you’d get from the same amount of salt.

MSG also includes glutamic acid (aka glutamate), an amino acid that’s found naturally in foods like tomatoes, mushrooms and soybeans and is the source of our fifth taste—umami.

In fact, we eat about 13 grams of natural glutamate a day on average, compared to only around half a gram from MSG.

Is Thin the Only Way to be Healthy?

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014
Is Thin the Only Way to be Healthy? Blog Post

Whether it is possible to be healthy and heavy has been an ongoing debate among health professionals. And for a while the research seemed to favor being fat and healthy. Last year, for example, a review study of nearly 100 studies, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, looked at close to 3 million people and found that people who are overweight (defined as a BMI of 25 to 29.9) live longer than normal-weight folks. (Obese people, however, didn’t have a lower risk of premature death.)

Should I try the alkaline diet?

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014
Should I try the alkaline diet? Blog Post

Following the alkaline diet means eating mostly plants, limiting meat, skipping dairy, sweets, alcohol and caffeine and banishing processed food. Sounds like a healthy move, right?