Count Your Macros

Carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals… The nutrient composition of food is one way to understand the health impact of what we eat. And yet reducing food to its chemical components leaves out much of the story. Nutritional science is relatively young, we only started discovering the nutrients in food around 100 years ago. In that…

Produce to the People

We know that fresh fruits and vegetables promote healing and help prevent disease. We know that many of our chronic diseases don’t have a simple cure. The message of “eat your fruits and vegetables” is a common refrain and yet only 1 in 10 Americans eat enough. What if your doctor prescribed produce?  This is the goal…

To Soy or Not to Soy?

Soy consumption had been increasing in the U.S. over the past few decades, but recently has taken a downturn. Surveys of food manufacturers find that fewer products contain soy and more are putting a soy free label on their packaging. This is in part a response to some of the health concerns about soy.  Some of…

Tell Me I’m Fat

Should we start thinking about body weight differently? This is the question at the core of the This American Life episode Tell Me I’m Fat that explores the psychological impact of the war on obesity on fat people. While the health impacts of obesity are clear, the approach of “eat less, exercise more” and blaming…