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Blog Archive for May 2014

Nutrition is Actually the Sweetest Thing

Friday, May 30, 2014   Dr. Neal Barnard   dairy


A recent report from the Environmental Working Group highlights the top sugar-laden cereals. Honey Smacks dominated the list with 15 grams of sugar per serving. While it’s fashionable these days to attack sugary cereals, sugar is hardly the most dangerous thing in your breakfast bowl. That dubious distinction goes to the milk.

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KFC’s Double Down is a Nutritional Russian Roulette

Monday, May 19, 2014   Dr. Neal Barnard   fast food


While KFC in India is launching a “So Veg So Good” marketing campaign, KFC locations in the United States have resurrected one of its least healthful menu items to date—the Double Down.


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JLo Goes Vegan: An Inside Look Into the Surging Popularity of Plant-Based Diets

Tuesday, May 13, 2014   Susan Levin M.S. R.D. C.S.S.D.   vegan


Guest Blog by Susan Levin, M.S., R.D., C.S.S.D. Jennifer Lopez is the latest celebrity to adopt a healthful vegan diet. We’re rooting for JLo and look forward to seeing her plant-powered performances on her next tour! Vegan diets conjennifer-lopez-vegantinue to surge in popularity and for good reason.

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Get Omega-3s with Ease

Monday, May 12, 2014   Dr. Neal Barnard   other


While many people believe that eating fish is necessary to get omega-3 fatty acids and maintain heart and brain health, there is absolutely nothing healthful about fish.

Recent research has even debunked the age-old myth that Eskimos, who ate diets heavy in fish, had a lower risk for heart disease. Fortunately, there are plenty of plant-based sources of omega-3s.

So what do we know about omega-3s?

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Fed Up: Let’s Really Move Big Food Out of School Lunches

Thursday, May 08, 2014   Dr. Neal Barnard   school lunch


Sugar Isn’t the Only Villain in our Surging Obesity Epidemic Katie Couric’s new documentary Fed Up is an eye-opening experience for most Americans. As the film shows, it’s nearly impossible to exercise your way out of eating pepperoni pizza, greasy fries, and a glass of low-fat chocolate milk—typical fare in K-12 school lunch rooms and family restaurant chains throughout the country. Exercise isn’t enough. We need to change what we’re eating.

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