Nutrition

  • Bar Exam

    Energy bars are perfect for your on-the-go nutrition needs. But choosing just the right one can be an overwhelming proposition, especially when most gimmicky “energy bars” come stuffed with refined sugars and other processed ingredients.

    Energy snacks that pass the "good-for-you" test.
    By Nicole Duncan
  • Water Works

    Sure, a cup of hot cocoa is the perfect post-sledding, skating, or skiing drink—but it’s important to remind your kids they need water, too, says Brooke de Lench, author of Home Team Advantage (HarperCollins, 2006).

    By Nicole Duncan
  • Inside Scoop: Trans Fat Replacements


    Labeling loophole

    The rush to remove trans fats from fried, baked, and processed goods has never been more frantic. Even Dunkin’ Donuts and the Indiana State Fair have promised to use healthier frying oils. But are the “heart-healthy” changes everything they seem?
    By Lindsey Galloway
  • Greens On the Go

    Sure, you eat well. You choose fruit for snacks, fish instead of burgers. But what about dark green vegetables? Most busy Americans consume less than a quarter of a serving a day. The main obstacles? We say they’re harder to eat on the go and more time-consuming to prepare. Well, put your excuses aside. You can up your veggie intake fast—and on the go—with green drinks.

    Easy to tote, yummy to drink
  • Confessions of a Sugar Freak

    As far back as I can remember, I was tired. All of the time. No matter how much sleep I got, no matter how much coffee I drank, my fatigue simply overwhelmed me. I had a terrible time waking up. By late morning, I could hardly concentrate on my job. Mid-afternoon brought an intense urge to nap, and by early evening I was ready for bed.

    How I made the food-mood connection and eased my fatigue, anxiety, and depression.
    By Margaret Adamek, PhD
  • The Truth About Pasteurized Milk

    Eating in the raw is all the rage, and the fad doesn’t end at flax crackers and seed cheese. A growing number of health savvy folks are also asking for raw milk, charging that pasteurization destroys milk’s beneficial enzymes and nutrients. Meanwhile, organizations like the FDA and CDC warn that raw milk carries pathogenic bacteria that pasteurization kills.

    By Lisa Turner
  • Return of the Good Egg

    For the longest time I would not eat an egg. My boycott started in third grade after I saw chicks hatching at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. I didn’t go so far as to rant about unborn chickens at the breakfast table, but I did give the evil eye to any family member who dared crack open an egg in front of me.

    By Anne Krueger
  • Spotlight on High Cholesterol

    On a routine visit to his doctor, Jerry Richardson*, a 54-year-old executive, got the unsettling news that his number was up: His total cholesterol level had soared to 280, well above the normal cutoff point of 199.

    What do almonds, tea, soybeans, and exercise have in common?
    By Christie Aschwanden