Researchers Speculate Food Could Be as Addictive as Cocaine

This week there was an interesting article entitled “Fatty Foods as addictive as Cocaine in Growing Body of Science” in Bloomburg Businessweek.  The article sites research from several studies that have found that foods high in fat, sugar and high fructose corn syrup seem to have addictive properties, and they can elicit a response in the brain that is similar to the response people get from ...
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The Burgers that Bulge the Belly

During the summer, hamburgers and hot dogs are popular menu items.  However, grilling burgers at home may be easier on your waistline and wallet because portions in restaurants keep on growing.  In fact, there is now a burger that has a whopping 1,750 calories and over 5,000 mg of sodium!  Watch the following clip from the Today Show to see some of the worst burger options in restaurants, and l...
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Fast Food: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Today, I’m following up with last week’s post to provide a list of some of the better options at fast food restaurants.  See the chart below for some meal ideas that are about 550 calories or less (The Do's Column).  Also listed are some meals to watch out for that are loaded with fat and calories (The Don'ts Column).   Breakfast Sample Menus Do’s Don’ts Egg McMuf...
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Taco Bell Diet…Drive-Thru or Drive Away?

Move over Jared, it looks like Christine has taken the spotlight away from the Subway and has put it on Taco Bell.  With the heavy advertising done by Taco Bell over the past two weeks, I’ve already started to get several questions about the “Drive-Thru-Diet”.  For those who have not seen the commercials yet…Christine, the spokesperson for “The Drive-Thru-Diet”, lost 54 pounds ove...
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Philadelphia Takes Menu Labeling to a New Level

 There is good news for all of you health-conscious people living in Philadelphia.  A law just passed last week requiring chain restaurants (those with more than 15 stores nationwide) to post calorie counts on menus and menu boards.  But move over New York City, Philadelphia's new law is the most stringent in the country.  In addition to calories, the new law requires that printed menus list s...
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Healthy Tailgate Foods

Football can make weekends a time to look forward to in the Fall.  However, along with action-packed games, comes calorie-packed foods for many football fans.  From tailgates to take-out, many of the traditional game-day foods are unhealthy, but the following tips can help to modify your menu so you can enjoy many seasons to come: Instead of These Entrees: Try These Entrees: Italian H...
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Tips for Eating Out as a Vegetarian

A Vegetarian diet is one which excludes all animal products.  However, there are several variations of vegetarian diets.  For example, some vegetarians include dairy products, others include eggs and some include both.  With dietary restrictions like this, it can make eating out challenging.  Below are some tips for choosing vegetarian meals in a restaurant. Choose restaurants that offer m...
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Dining Strategies for Specific Cuisines

Do you have an ethnic cuisine that you love?  Perhaps Chinese takeout is your weakness, or maybe you love spicy Mexican food.  No matter what your preference is, it can be difficult to make good choices when eating.  This can be especially true when you are not familiar with a specific type of cuisine.  For example, is Saganaki or Yalanji Yaprak a better choice??  If it's all Greek to you, yo...
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Philadelphia- Do You Support Menu Labeling?

 As you may know, New York recently passed a law that all fast food restaurants have to post nutrition facts on their menu boards.  Many people argue that the nutrition information that is currently available is either not accessible at the time you're ordering (i.e. the internet) or it is hard to find (i.e. pamphlets behind the counter).  Posting the nutrition facts on the board could help inc...
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Guide for Healthy Restaurant Choices

As we all know, it can be very challenging to make good food choices when eating in a restaurant.  Not only are the portions frequently over 2 ½ times larger than what a serving should be, but the foods are often loaded with extra fat and calories.  Unfortunately, even when we are trying to make wise choices, they often end up being much higher in fat/calories than we think.  For example, you ...
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