New dietary guidelines: Updates on sugar, coffee, and alcohol

dietary-guidelinesThe U.S. Department of Agriculture released updated dietary guidlines earlier this month, which include some recommended changes in American diets.

The report is significant because it determines the foods served in school lunches and sets priorities for the food assistance programs. The guidelines also impact labeling, advertising and the advice given by medical professionals.

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The evidence on avoiding holiday weight gain

christmas_holiday_dinnerIt’s the holiday season!  With that comes the cocktail hours, cookie-baking, end-of-year celebrations and countless other festivities that include delicious food.  Unfortunately, along with that delicious food and festivities, come many extra calories. [Read more…]

Artificial sweeteners: Better than sugar?

SweetnLowSweetenerI never know what to think when I see a Diet Coke or jar of jam labeled as sugar-free. On the one hand, I know that consuming sugar leads to weight gain, among other problems. But on the other hand, I’m suspicious of low-calorie sweeteners. What exactly are they made of, and how do they affect the body? [Read more…]

The body of evidence on meat and cancer

baconThe media has been full of stories this week about a recent determination by the World Health Organization: That processed meats such as bacon, sausage and ham increase the risk of developing colon cancer. [Read more…]

Tea: It’s good for you!

teaHere at EBL, we’ve covered the health benefits of coffee pretty extensively.  (Surprise:  It’s really good for you!)  But — although it’s hard for this coffee-drinker to believe — there are some people who prefer tea.  And in some parts of the world, tea is the primary beverage. But is tea as healthy for you? [Read more…]

Weight-control: The size of your plate matters!

obesityHere at EBL, we’ve written regularly about the data available on obesity for two reasons. First, obesity is a major health problem in the U.S. affecting millions of adults and children. Second, there is a lot of new evidence on innovative approaches to tackling this health problem. [Read more…]

Eight glasses of water a day? No way!

glass of waterIf you’re at all interested in fitness or nutrition, you’ve no doubt heard about the importance of drinking eight glasses of water a day. Popular media and even many medical professionals tell us that drinking 64 ounces of water each day is essential for our skin, weight loss, kidney function and more. [Read more…]

Evidence-based canning: Preserve your summer bounty

ww2-home-canning-350My family belongs to a Community-Support Agriculture farm, which means we get a big box of fresh veggies from a local farm each week. In addition, we like to pick blueberries, tomatoes and raspberries locally. Put together, it means we need to find a way to preserve all of this local fresh food for the winter months. [Read more…]

The health benefits of chocolate, redux

chocolateChocoholics rejoice!

The evidence is growing even stronger that regularly eating chocolate is good for your health. A new study and systematic review published in the journal Heart confirmed previous evidence: habitual chocolate eaters have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease and strokes compared to people who don’t eat chocolate.

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Can you wash pesticides off your fruits and vegetables?

fruits-veggiesHere at EBL, we love hearing from readers who have comments or questions about the evidence. Recently, a commenter on our post about organic food asked whether washing conventional produce reduces the amount of pesticides consumed compared to eating organic fruits and vegetables. [Read more…]

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