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Eating with Your Kids Makes Them Healthier

A recent study in Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, shows that families that share meals together are more likely to have healthier children. The study (based on a large compilation of data taken from 17 separate studies) found that children and adolescents who ate at least three meals with their families a week were 12 percent less likely to be overweight than those who didn't. READ MORE

Is Coconut Water Bad for You?

It's been called "nature's Gatorade" for its electrolyte-replacement qualities, it's fat free, and (at least in the opinion of some people, like me) it's delicious. But is coconut water, the thin juice of the young coconut that's become so trendy of late, actually that great for you? Should you consume it more often than you would, say, actual Gatorade? READ MORE

What Should I Buy Organically?

The Environmental Working Group has released the latest version of its annual Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce, a list it compiles of the fruits and vegetables with the most and least pesticide residue. It gets its data by analyzing U.S. Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration tests for pesticide contamination, including how many different pesticides are on a vegetable, how much of those are on a vegetable, etc. Those tests are conducted on fruits and vegetables according to how they are intended to be consumed, e.g., peeled bananas and washed berries. The EWG's guide is a handy reference (you can even get a pdf printout from its site) to help weigh what to buy organically (produced without synthetic pesticides) and what not to, if pesticide exposure is one of your motives for purchasing organic food. So what's crawlin' with pesticide residue? READ MORE

GOOD Magazine Challenge: “Go Vegetarian” for June

So, you think you can quit meat anytime you want, huh? Well, then join GOOD staffers and readers in the magazine's “Go Vegetarian” challenge for the month of June. Although GOOD staffers didn’t do so hot on their last challenge (to drive less—go figure, their offices are based in LA), we think they’ll do better this time around. There are lots of compelling reasons to go veg: health, budget, environment, you know the score. Consider giving it a shot yourself; once you leave the world of burgers, boneless skinless chicken breasts, and chicken apple sausages behind, you’ll find a ton of exciting flavors and textures await you. Check out these excellent meatless recipes and food projects, and get excited about joining in on the challenge. It’s not too late! READ MORE

Does This Make My Avatar Look Fat?

Do we make unhealthy food choices because we don't know any better? Or because we're too lazy to do the thing we know we're supposed to do? Or too gluttonous? These questions kept entering my head after reading up on the debate surrounding the new food pyramid plate, which reminds us we are to fill half our plate with produce at every meal. Of course I know that, but I conveniently forget (neglect) it on a daily basis. READ MORE

How Many Fruits and Vegetables Should I Eat: A Visual Guide

How Many Fruits and Vegetables Should I Eat: A Visual Guide

Despite the trendiness of Meatless Monday, the glamorous "vegetable butcher" at Italian megamart Eataly in New York, and the Pollanification of our diets, a staggering number of Americans still don't consume the recommended daily amounts of vegetables and fruits. How staggering? 93.6 percent of us don't hit our vegetable target, and 92.4 percent of us don't hit our fruit target, according to stats from the Produce for Better Health Foundation's State of the Plate: 2010 Study. READ MORE

If You Are What You Eat, You’re Doughnuts, Chicken, and Energy Drinks

If You Are What You Eat, You’re Doughnuts, Chicken, and Energy Drinks

While doing some research for an upcoming story, I actually took the time to read through the USDA's 2010 Dietary Guidelines. I always wrote it off as bunk, associating it with the sad old outdated food pyramid. But there is good stuff in it. Really. Helpful, practical stuff like insight on what nutrients we need to eat more of (potassium, vitamin D, fiber), and what to cut down on (sodium, refined grains). It also contains loads of interesting statistics. Some were surprising, like the chart on page 12 of the "Top 25 Sources of Calories Among Americans Ages 2 Years and Older." I guess I didn't think the top source of calories in our diets was doughnut-type foods. Here are the top 10 for people over 19: READ MORE

Is Jamie Oliver Right or Wrong About Sugary Milk in Schools?

Is Jamie Oliver Right or Wrong About Sugary Milk in Schools?

The added sugar and calories in sweetened, flavored milk have made it an ongoing target for anti-obesity crusader Jamie Oliver. READ MORE

The Creeping Menace of Caramel Coloring

Ever read a can of soda and stopped at the words "caramel coloring"? It sounds so innocent and tasty. Who doesn't like caramel? Nothing to worry about here. Wrong, says the Center for Science in the Public Interest, which has filed a regulatory petition asking that the FDA ban the coloring agent used in sodas such as Coke and Pepsi, because it contains carcinogenic substances. READ MORE