food and nutrition

Nutrition before and during pregnancy has been recognized as one of the most important ways to prevent pregnancy complications (both fetal and maternal). The foods pregnant women eat set the stage for growth and development during pregnancy, because they provide vitamins, minerals and overall nutrition that can impact fetal and maternal health for decades after birth.
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Three Common Fall Foods Are More Nutritious Than You May Think

From golden to red hues and sweet to tart flavors, apples can please almost any palate. Apples are full of antioxidants which are linked to the prevention and control of gestational diabetes. ... more »

The Fertility Diet - 12 Steps To Get Pregnant Healthier

Most couples know about timing of pregnancy, ovulation, and sperm issues, but when it comes to nutrition and food, most have little clue. ... more »

Foods To Improve Fertility

Much advice is given about what to eat while you are pregnant. Even more advice can be found for what to avoid while you are pregnant. But what should you eat if you want to improve your fertility?  ... more »

Food And Nutrition: During Pregnancy and Beyond

Some foods are safe and others are not safe during pregnancy because changes in hormones can cause a woman's immune system to become suppressed. ... more »

The Secret Antidote to Overindulgence

Many of us worry about the effects of overindulging, over the Festive Season, and well we should! Eating large amounts of carbohydrate and fat rich food over a short period of time is a big shock to your system. But not wanting to be a party pooper I’d love to give you some good news: Drinking freshly squeezed orange juice with your feast can reduce some of the harm! ... more »

How much water should I drink when pregnant and during pregnancy?

Water is your body's principal chemical component and makes up well over 50% of your total body weight. Everything in your body depends on the presence of water and fluids. Water cleanses your body and flushes toxins out of vital organs.Water carries nutrients to your cells, keeps cells alive and provides a moist environment for ear, nose and throat tissues. ... more »

The Way Food is Cooked Influences Diabetes Risk

  It has long been understood that excess pounds increase the risk for diabetes but recent studies question that belief.  It found some people who are obese are indeed at increased risk but others are not.  An entirely new study suggests the way food is cooked can decrease the risk of diabetes even for the obese, according to the type of heat that is used for cooking. ... more »

3 Essential Steps for Daily Self Care

Self care after birth begins with taking personal responsibility and becoming proactive. Start saying to yourself “I deserve to be happy and healthy”, “I will make time for myself today” or “I need to be healthy for my child” . ... more »

Eat Together as a Family: Even Babies Know Food is a Social Event

  Throughout most of human evolution, families ate meals together.  It was an opportunity to socialize with each other as well as to satisfy nutritional needs.  Eating together as a family has been deeply ingrained in the human experience as a social event that nourishes both the family unit and the body. ... more »

Breakfast Energizes Obese People

  By Sandy Hemphill, Contributing Writer, BabyMed   ... more »

First Bite: Learning to Eat

  By Sandy Hemphill, Contributing Writer, BabyMed   ... more »

High-Dose Vitamin D Safely Improves MS Symptoms in Study Setting

A recent study on the effects of vitamin D supplementation for multiple sclerosis (MS) patients revealed improvement in symptoms when high doses of the vitamin were taken daily for six months.  The study did not establish any recommended dosages, though, but further study is under way.  Since vitamin D is a supplement generally safe for all, it might prove especially beneficial to some MS ... more »

Childhood Exercise Preps Gut Microbiota for Lifelong Health

Have you ever had the guts to do something a little bit frightening?  Or has a gut feeling urged you onward toward a goal or held you back, maybe? ... more »

Gut Bacteria Hijack Host Appetite to Control Population Growth

You’re hungry, you eat, you get full, you stop eating, and are happy until you decide it’s time to eat again, right?  As familiar as that feeding pattern seems, research from Europe indicates it might not be you scheduling meal time at all.  It could be the trillions of bacteria in your gut playing hunger games with your appetite.  The evidence even suggests this legion of gut bacteria ac ... more »

Genome-Targeted Weight Loss Programs May Become More Effective Than Elusive Magic Pill

Obesity is a big problem in the United States and a growing problem around the world.  Most people eventually turn to diet, exercise, medication, and/or nutritional supplements to shed excess pounds but these efforts often fail or provide only temporary weight loss.  The much-fantasized magic pill that will make extra pounds simply vanish remains elusive but some of the nation’s leading e ... more »

Omega-3s From Fish Sources May Decrease Risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis

As many as 1.5 million Americans have rheumatoid arthritis (RA), an autoimmune disease that prompts the immune system to attack the fluids and structures that allow for easy, pain-free movement of the joints.  Women are three times more likely to develop RA than men but there is a genetic link.  Anyone is at increased risk at any age if a family member is diagnosed with it. ... more »

Salmonella Lives 6 Months in Dry Foods; Finding May Explain Recent Outbreaks

Historical understanding of the Salmonella bacterium tells us it lives and thrives in a wet environment.  It likes living in wet places such as mayonnaise and salsa and, well, people.  These germy little bugs like the warm, moist environment our bodies provide them so much that they sometimes move right in, start families, start colonies, spread, multiply, and prosper so aggressively they ... more »

American Academy of Pediatrics Calls for Restraint in Agricultural Antibiotic Use

The discovery of the first antibiotic, penicillin, in 1928 changed the way of medicine and daily living for most of the next 100 years.  Infections that once killed thousands were quickly cured, with little, if any, down time.  These wonder drugs worked so well they soon became a matter of routine and were used for prevention in the absence of infection because it seemed like a safe thing ... more »

High-Fat Diet Signals Immune System to Gobble Up Brain Cells

A specific type of immune cell that specializes in keeping the brain clean and fully functional turns into a slow, lazy cell that gobbles up brain cells instead of cleaning out their waste products when a high-fat diet is consumed.  As brain cells are destroyed and waste products build up, mental health declines. ... more »

Obese Kids’ Metabolic Disease Reverses When Sugar Intake is Reduced

Just a generation or two ago, a cluster of medical disorders collectively known as metabolic syndrome affected only overweight adults middle-aged and older.  If left untreated, metabolic syndrome leads to heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and fatty liver disease. ... more »

Short Sleep Leads to Distracted Eating, Excess Pounds

Short sleep -- less than seven hours a night -- can leave us fatigued, cranky, and restless the next day, even when short sleep is a routine part of daily living.  We may convince ourselves we’re used to short nights but sleep deprivation takes its toll on the body, whether we realize it or not.  A recent study published in the American Journal of Health Promotion li ... more »

Widely Used Pyrethroid Pesticide Linked to Childhood ADHD; Boys at Greater Risk

Pyrethroids are a class of pesticide that has become widely used in homes, lawns, and gardens in recent decades because it is considered a safer alternative to more toxic pesticides that are now banned or allowed for limited use only.  A growing body of scientific evidence indicates pyrethroids may not be as benign as once expected, though, and a recent study from Cincinnati Children’s Ho ... more »

Chemical Exposure to Toxins in the Food Supply

Part three of a five-part series  ---  Headlines are made when food contamination affects a substantial segment of the population in a short length of time.  Recent examples include bacterial or viral contamination of ice cream, peanut butter, ground meats, sprouts, tomatoes, celery, and from an as-yet unknown source in a trendy fast-food chain.  Melamine, a plastic used to make ... more »

Ever Wonder What Skinny People Eat for Breakfast?

Do you ever wonder what skinny people eat for breakfast? You’re not alone. Researchers at the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab wondered about the same things so they asked. ... more »

Coffee Night Caps Wreck the Whole Day. Sorry.

Coffee night caps wreck the whole day and a caffeine buzz alone is not to blame. Caffeine interferes with the body’s natural circadian rhythms, the body’s internal clock. ... more »

Water Before Meals Washes the Pounds Away

Want to lose a few pounds? A new study from England indicates one easy way to do so is to turn to the kitchen tap for an effective weight loss strategy. ... more »

Pregnancy Diet Survey: What We're Really Eating and How to Improve

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recently teamed up with American Baby Magazine to find out what pregnant women really are eating and offer ways to improve our choices. ... more »

More Superbugs in Antibiotic-Laced Conventional Burger Meat Than Organic

A new study from Consumer Reports may suggest some rethinking about your beloved burger is in order. Industrial-scale beef producers include antibiotics as a daily part of their livestock’s diet. ... more »

Here's How Hot Chili Peppers Melt Away the Pounds

Did you ever notice you eat less when a meal is hot, spicy, and laced with chili peppers? A new study confirms that, yes, it’s the chilies’ fault but it’s not because of the blazing taste buds. ... more »

Eat Spicy, Live Long

Functional foods taste great but they come with added benefits. Many of the world’s spiciest cuisines are vibrant with functional foods like garlic, chili peppers and powders, cinnamon, and turmeric. ... more »

Fatherhood Packs on the Pounds

Most men gain a little weight after they get married. A new study indicates fatherhood packs on the pounds, too. Each added pound puts a man closer to the health risks associated with excess weight. ... more »

Read Labels: Soybean Oil Linked to Excess Pounds

Scientists are conducting a series of tests that compare the pros and cons of various fats and oils. They find that some fats, such as soybean oil, are linked to more excess pounds than others. ... more »

25 Tips For Food Safety at Home

Did you know 48 million people are affected with food poisoning every year but most of them don’t make the headlines? That’s because most food poisonings happen quietly in the home. ... more »

Healthier Eating: "Do" Focus on Benefits, "Don't" Dwell on Negatives

Public health campaigns probably don’t present the information the right way. People are more motivated by accentuating the positive but so many public health campaigns focus on the negative. ... more »

July 4 Menu: Red, White, Blue, Easy and Healthy, Too

Try these July 4 menu tips showcasing the red, white, and blue theme; some of them are easy, some are healthy, some are both. ... more »

High-Fiber Diet Reduces Diabetes Risk

Diabetes can often be avoided, delayed, or reversed by consuming a diet high in fiber. ... more »

Skipped Meals Cause Big Bellies

Modern food science is increasingly finding that when we eat is as important as what and how much we eat and the findings often defy what seems to be common sense. One such example is skipping meals. ... more »

Replace One Sweet Beverage Daily, Reduce Diabetes Risk

The findings of a study of dietary impact indicate how important it is for people who regularly consume sweet beverages to replace just one serving a day to reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes. ... more »

Fresh Fruit Bowl "CAN" Encourage Healthier Eating

Imagine it’s dinner time. You’ve got a great big big banana split sitting at your place at the dinner table. Would you eat it? Would you let your kids eat one, too? ... more »

Improve Breakfast Quality to Improve Kids’ Grades

A new study is re-igniting the breakfast conversation and it comes with scientific evidence that when breakfast quality improves, kids’ grades do, too. ... more »