Most People Don’t Gain Much Over the Holidays 

You don’t have to starve after the splurge.


Carbs Make You Fat and Other Myths 

We’ve all heard that carbohydrates make you fat, eating chocolate causes zits, and that eggs are bad for you.


How to Motivate Yourself to Keep Your Diet Resolutions 

Economists have tricks to get us to meet our goals.


Obesity Isn’t Just About Willpower 

An “obesogenic” environment, behavioral influences, and genetics all play a role.


Microwave Cooking and Nutrition 

The myth that microwaving food zaps nutrients is … just a myth.


What Do “Healthy” and “Natural” Mean? 

Eating less added sugar is the new emphasis of the FDA’s effort to redefine very misused terms.


A Simple Way to Reach a Healthier Weight  

Drinking more water could help you win the battle of the bulge.


The Obesity Epidemic in America 

Americans are fatter than ever, putting themselves at risk for serious health problems and boosting the cost of healthcare.


Would Warning Labels Work on Soda? 

Could putting warning labels on sodas solve America’s childhood obesity problem?


Is Breakfast Really the Most Important Meal of the Day? 

Skipping breakfast might not be a problem after all.


Beet Hummus Recipe 

This variation on a versatile staple is perfect for the fall harvest


The Raw Food Diet 

Eating a diet of completely raw food may have some health benefits, but it’s not without challenges and should be carefully considered before starting.


Are Nightshade Fruits and Vegetables Harmful?  

Tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, and a few other foods in this family have a reputation for causing some chronic conditions to flare up.

What Do You Know About the 'Choose My Plate' Eating Plan?

The federal government's personalized food plan – called Choose My Plate – is the latest version of a guide to good nutrition that started years ago with the Four Food Groups. Find out how much you know about the current dietary guidelines.

1. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans were developed to make people aware of the food groups that make up a healthy diet. Which of these organizations developed the guidelines?
2. The guidelines were designed to focus attention on which of these?
3. Most of your daily food calories should come from which of these groups?
4. The amount of milk and other dairy products recommended is listed in cups in the dietary guidelines. Which of these equals one cup in the milk group?
5. How many cups of vegetables do the guidelines suggest per day?
6. Which of these represents one cup from the vegetable group?
7. Dry beans, eggs, and nuts are in which food group?
8. The amount of oil you are allowed each day depends on your age, gender, and amount of physical activity you get. Which of these foods is naturally high in oil?