Grapes

Grapes (Vitis vinifera), members of the Vitaceae (Grape) Family, are one of the planet’s earliest cultivated foods. The genus name, vitis refers to “vine” and the species name...

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COMMENT:TOO SHORT A YARDSTICK

The original recommendations of the US National Research Council in l94l, which first proposed the Recommended Daily Allowances of nutrients, were aimed at "the building up of our people to a lev ...

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Melanocortin System and Obesity

You can’t just dive in and lose weight? Having trouble with being a little overweight? It seems so simple. Eat less and exercise more! Well, not so easy. Which is why we are all getting fatter. Have you ever heard of the melanocortin system? I...

Elements of a Strong Foundation – Part 2

Continuing on from last month’s column, "Elements of a Strong Foundation - Part 1", let's look at three more foundational pieces that are essential to not only feeling well, but truly being well and healthy: Reaching and maintaining an ideal weight;...

Balance Your Diet, Control Your Weight

Our Standard American Diet (SAD for short!) is anything but nourishing. High in carbohydrates and unhealthy fats, sugars, preservatives and other toxic chemicals, this diet virtually guarantees obesity and ill health. We’ve actually sacrificed our...

The Scary Truth About Sugar

Sugar is a simple carbohydrate found naturally in many foods, including fruits and grains. If the only sugar we consumed were in natural, whole foods, we’d all be just fine. But the average American diet is full of refined, nutrient-depleted foods...

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