By: Terry Graedon December 6, 2018 20 Comments
    Show 1145: Are Big Corporations Hacking the Amer…

    The distinction between pleasure and happiness might seem like a philosopher’s quibble. Fat Chance author Dr. Robert Lustig tells us why this difference is vitally important to our national wellbein…

    By: Terry Graedon December 3, 2018 4 Comments
    All Calories Are Not the Same

    For decades, nutrition dogma has held that all calories are equal. It was not supposed to matter if the energy came from a bottle of Coke or a carrot. People were told that if they wanted to lose weig…

    By: Joe Graedon November 22, 2018 7 Comments
    Low-Carb Diet Research Arouses Reader Outrage

    Last week we sent out a People's Pharmacy Special Health Alert. It was titled "Low-Carb Diet Wins Diet Wars...Again!" We knew that there would be a lot of health reports on this latest research. We wa…

    By: Joe Graedon November 15, 2018 65 Comments
    The Low-Carb Diet Wins Diet Wars…Again!

    Many nutrition experts have maintained that a calorie is a calorie is a calorie. In other words, all calories are created equal. The more calories you consume the fatter you get. Put another way, thes…

    By: Terry Graedon November 8, 2018 14 Comments
    KayaBiotics: High-Quality Organic Probiotics fro…

    We would like to take this opportunity to introduce our new sponsor, KayaBiotics. You may be wondering about the probiotics stories you’ve been seeing and hearing over the past few years. In July, a…

    By: Joe Graedon October 14, 2018 8 Comments
    Are Your Dietary Supplements Contaminated with D…

    The Food and Drug Administration has been testing dietary supplements for years. “From 2007 through 2016, 776 adulterated dietary supplements were identified by the FDA and 146 different dietary sup…

    By: Terry Graedon October 8, 2018 5 Comments
    Could a Supplement Help You Lose Belly Fat?

    Belly fat (aka abdominal adiposity) is not just a matter of looking unattractive. A disproportionately large waistline can indicate excess visceral fat that increases the risk of  type 2 diabetes, he…

    By: Terry Graedon September 20, 2018 2 Comments
    How Good Should You Feel About BPA Substitutes?

    Over the last few decades, scientists have identified a large number of compounds that can mimic hormones like estrogen. These endocrine disruptors include bisphenol A, also known as BPA. Scientists h…

    By: Terry Graedon August 22, 2018 14 Comments
    Are High Carb Diets Better Than Low Carb Diets?

    Do you shun fats and focus on carbohydrates for most of your energy? Or do you subscribe to a low-carb lifestyle? Proponents of both high carb diets and low carb diets have been debating their pros an…

    By: Terry Graedon June 21, 2018 25 Comments
    Better Diet for Poor Americans Is Not a SNAP

    Poor diet may underly a wide range of undesirable health problems, from obesity to diabetes and heart disease. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) was designed to help very low-income…

    By: Terry Graedon June 14, 2018 3 Comments
    When Do Americans Develop a Sweet Tooth?

    How early do Americans develop their sweet tooth and a taste for added sugar? A new study found that 99 percent of toddlers less than two years old consumed more than seven teaspoons of added sugar a …

    By: Terry Graedon June 14, 2018 2 Comments
    Make Sure Your Vegetarian Diet Is High Quality

    A vegetarian diet can be beneficial, but even vegetarians need to pay attention to the quality of the food they eat. Harvard researchers who have tracked the dietary habits and health of more than 125…

    By: Terry Graedon June 14, 2018 10 Comments
    Show 1126: Can You Find Your Best Diet?

    People get excited about their favorite diets. Maybe you do, too. Are you a low-carb champion or a low-fat fan? Which one really is your best diet? The DIETFITS Study: A big study from the Stanford Pr…

    By: Terry Graedon June 4, 2018 21 Comments
    Is Stevia a Safe Sugar Substitute?

    Artificial sweeteners have been controversial for decades. In the 1960s, when the idea of low-calorie substitutes for sugar was still fairly new, animal studies suggested that saccharine and cyclamate…

    By: Terry Graedon May 3, 2018 15 Comments
    Will You Live Longer with a Healthy Lifestyle?

    Everyone knows that there are several key elements to a healthy lifestyle: not smoking, exercising regularly, eating your vegetables, controlling weight and consuming alcohol in moderation. Most peopl…

    By: Terry Graedon March 29, 2018 6 Comments
    How to Time Your Meals to Control Blood Sugar

    Does it matter how you time your meals? Nutrition experts often urge obese people with diabetes to eat six small meals evenly spaced throughout the day. The idea is that this pattern will even out blo…

    By: Terry Graedon March 19, 2018 3 Comments
    Can You Blame Your Gallstones on Fenofibrate?

    Gallstones are hardened lumps of cholesterol or bile acids that can build up in the gallbadder. If they get stuck in the bile duct, they can cause severe abdominal pain. Doctors think a number of risk…

    By: Terry Graedon March 15, 2018 22 Comments
    Do You Change Your Order If You See Calorie Coun…

    Increasingly, menus in restaurants, pizzerias and even coffee shops carry nutritional information, including calorie counts. The eating establishments that have implemented this change are anticipatin…

    By: Terry Graedon February 21, 2018 8 Comments
    Is There a Diet That Will Work Best for You?

    Which weight-loss diet works best, low fat or low carb? That was the question a team of Stanford scientists were striving to answer (Gardner et al, JAMA, Feb. 20, 2018). It has been a bone of content…

    By: Terry Graedon January 10, 2018 3 Comments
    How Does Your Neighborhood Affect Your Waistline…

    Where you live may affect your waistline. We may not think that our environment changes our behavior, but there is evidence that it does. The Waistline Effect: British researchers report that people w…

    By: Terry Graedon November 30, 2017 6 Comments
    Will Cinnamon Help You Stay Slim?

    Cinnamon is delicious, but it also has potential health benefits. You may be able to use cinnamon to lower your cholesterol. In addition, scientists believe they have discovered how a compound from ci…

    By: Terry Graedon October 12, 2017 3 Comments
    Do Tea Drinkers Have Better Weight Control?

    Research in mice hints that tea drinkers might find it easier to lose weight than those choosing other beverages. Green tea has a reputation as aiding in weight loss (Turkozu & Tek, Critical Revie…

    By: Terry Graedon September 14, 2017 5 Comments
    Show 1094: Does It Matter When You Eat?

    For decades, epidemiologists have noted that people who eat breakfast seem to weigh less and live longer. But it hasn't been clear if eating breakfast helps people stay healthy, or if healthy people t…

    By: Terry Graedon August 28, 2017 16 Comments
    What Could a Ketogenic Diet Do for You?

    Diets come and diets go with amazing predictability. The standard American diet has shortcomings, so people are frequently eager for an approach to nutrition that will be healthful. A ketogenic diet h…

    By: Terry Graedon July 20, 2017 11 Comments
    Will Artificial Sweeteners Help You Lose Weight?

    Many people assume that artificial sweeteners are a good way to cut calories and lose weight. According to a new meta-analysis published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, that assumption m…

    By: Terry Graedon June 21, 2017 2 Comments
    Get Your Exercise by Walking the Dog

    How can people be encouraged to be active rather than sedentary? One study suggests a dog might help. Older people who have dogs get more exercise than those without canine companionship, probably bec…

    By: Terry Graedon May 25, 2017 1 Comments
    Fruit Juice Seems Healthy, But Not for Babies

    Lots of parents think of fruit juice as a healthy beverage for babies and children. It certainly is better than carbonated soft drinks, which are usually loaded with high fructose corn syrup and often…

    By: Terry Graedon April 13, 2017 28 Comments
    Show 1020: How to Lose Weight Without Feeling Hu…

    Many of us are aware we could be at a healthier weight. Perhaps we've even tried to drop some pounds but found that we were always feeling hungry and grumpy on a diet. Perhaps counting calories could …

    By: Terry Graedon April 10, 2017 6 Comments
    Stopping Zyprexa Safely So You Can Lose Weight

    Treating serious mental disorders such as schizophrenia is difficult, so psychiatrists are often willing to accept the side effects and drawbacks of drugs such as aripiprazole (Abilify) or olanzapine …

    By: Terry Graedon April 6, 2017 8 Comments
    Do Non-Sugar Sweeteners Boost Inflammation?

    Non-sugar sweeteners are extremely popular because people assume they will help them lose weight. A new study presented at the Endocrine Society's 99th annual meeting seems to contradicts that idea. N…

    By: Terry Graedon March 9, 2017 3 Comments
    How Do TV Dinners Make You Fat?

    People who watch television while they eat may be setting themselves up for extra pounds. What is the problem with such TV dinners? Turning Off the TV: New research found that adults who have family m…

    By: Terry Graedon February 9, 2017 5 Comments
    Is BPA Contributing to the Obesity Epidemic?

    Many food containers are a source of a controversial chemical known as bisphenol A, or BPA. There has been concern that this agent used in clear hard plastic might be contributing to the obesity epide…

    By: Terry Graedon December 8, 2016 18 Comments
    How Bad Is It to Eat Saturated Fat?

    For decades we have been told to reduce our overall fat consumption. In particular, saturated fat consumption has been considered a risk factor for metabolic syndrome, diabetes and cardiovascular dise…

    By: Terry Graedon November 3, 2016 11 Comments
    How to Lose Weight by Skipping Supper

    Losing weight is hard, but weight watchers may now have a new tool: skipping supper. What Are the Benefits of Skipping Supper? Researchers report that eating dinner early, or even skipping supper alt…

    By: Terry Graedon October 20, 2016 2 Comments
    Does Diet Soda Really Help You Lose Weight?

    Diet soda is supposed to help people lose weight, but recent research suggests that replacing diet drinks with water helps women with type 2 diabetes lose more weight. How Did the Diet Soda Study Work…

    By: Terry Graedon October 5, 2016 2 Comments
    Bigger Lunches Lead to More Weight Loss

    For years experts have been arguing about the effect of meal timing on weight control. Does eating more at one meal lead to more weight loss? When Should Dieters Eat More Calories? Some people skip br…

    By: Terry Graedon September 27, 2016 7 Comments
    Artificial Sweetener Research Is Clouded by Conf…

    How good is artificial sweetener research? A new review suggests it leaves a lot to be desired. Reviewing Artificial Sweetener Research: Consumption of artificially sweetened beverages and foods has …

    By: Terry Graedon August 17, 2016 3 Comments
    How to Use Time Management to Eat Better

    Weight loss experts have long suggested that people should never shop for food when they are hungry. Doing so increases the likelihood that they will purchase more high-calorie foods on impulse. Can p…

    By: Terry Graedon July 7, 2016 5 Comments
    Is Inexpensive Food Undermining Public Health?

    Are US government agricultural subsidies undermining public health? A new study suggests that people who eat a lot of foods made from subsidized crops such as corn, soybeans, wheat and dairy products…

    By: Terry Graedon July 7, 2016 3 Comments
    How to Eat Like an Italian and Stay Slim

    Italian researchers suggest that pasta doesn't make you fat-at least, not if you eat like an Italian. They analyzed the eating habits of 23,000 Italians and found no connection between pasta consumpti…