Fad Diets

Should you go gluten free?

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By:  Erica Meador MS, RDN, LDN The gluten free industry has grown from $4.8 billion in 2009 to $6.1 billion in 2011 to $10.5 billion in 2013.  Mintel Insights predicts 48% growth from 2013 to 2016, topping out at $15.6 billion.  Let’s compare this to another popular food segment: high protein foods and beverages.  In 2012, […]


Diet Ads From The Past

I found these old ads in the Chicago Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics history files.  It is amusing what kind of crazy diet products were sold in the past.  Check out how soap and flat worms used to be the current fad diets! Lar-Mar Reducing Soap Sanitized Tape Worms  


The New Year’s Cleanse

Over coffee and great conversation with friends this past Saturday, the buzz word of the table seemed to be “cleanse.”   Everyone loves talking about how they are going to go on a cleanse diet or eating plan in the New Year!  Which by the way, I hate the word “cleanse.” Eating healthy is not a “cleanse” that […]


Debunking the Paleo Diet

Are you still considering going on a Paleo Diet?  Want to learn more about the reasoning behind the madness? Check out Dr. Christina Warinner on TED.  She is an expert on ancient diets and has pioneering data investigating archaeological dental calculus (tartar) to study long-term trends in human health and diet. Summary:  The “Paleo Diet” is not […]


BOO! Five Ways Dr. Oz Scares Me!!!

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Halloween is almost upon us and it is not Freddy, Jason, or Chucky that are giving me nightmares this year. It is Dr. Oz!  Of course, I want to support anyone that helps Americans take steps toward improving their health and quality of life.  However, I have a hard time supporting the nutrition misinformation provided […]


Sprinkle, Chew, Swallow

This past weekend, I was home sick with a really high fever and was miserable.  My boyfriend brought me some healthy food and trashy magazines to cheer me up.  I normally don’t read magazines reporting about celeb drama unless I am taking a trip and need some light airplane reading material. While flipping through the magazines, […]