Salty Stories

There are conflicting guidelines about salt intake among health experts.┬áThe Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends all US adult eat no more than 2,300 mg per day. 90% of us are eating more than this, the average daily intake of sodium is 3,400 mg. The vast majority of sodium in our diets comes from processed and…

Where Should Your Protein Come From?

Several studies have shown health improvement from replacing refined carbohydrates with protein, but as with all things food the source of our nutrients matters. A new study out of Massachusetts General Hospital shows that the long term┬áhealth impact of protein is determined by its source. In very simple terms, the more animal protein consumed, the…

Under-slept and Overweight

How much sleep to you get? If you are like most Americans, it’s probably not enough – and this may be increasing food cravings and even your risk for chronic disease. According to the National Institute of Health, 30% of U.S. adults sleep less than 6 hours per night; on average we are getting 6.8…

Brazil Takes Gold!

With the olympics starting this week, it’s a good time to celebrate Brazil for their world class dietary guidelines. If the nutrition world gave out medals, Brazil would have received the gold. While the U.S. guidelines have made some important improvements over the past few years- see this post about the recent version published in…

Saving Lives at the Table

One way to look at the impact of nutrition on health is to evaluate the correlation between dietary behaviors and death and disease. The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation is an independent organization based at the University of Washington. They produce the largest epidemiological study of disease and health trends worldwide called the Global…