The Caffeine Fix – Pros and Cons

Americans consume more caffeine as a nation than anywhere else in the world.  It is estimated we consume an average of 971 tons of caffeine per year, and 54% of people MUST get their caffeine fix daily.  Out of that 54%, most of them consume three caffeinated beverages per day.  The go-to’s are coffee, energy drinks, and soda.

We already know how detrimental sugar is, so besides the caffeine boost, it’s clear we need to cut out soda and energy drinks. But what about coffee and other more benign options?  Continue reading “The Caffeine Fix – Pros and Cons”

How To Break The Sugar Addiction

Since sugar is hidden within so much of what we eat, our brains have actually become hard-wired to crave it. Without us even knowing. Doesn’t that sound crazy, being addicted to a drug without even knowing it?

For many people, that is exactly the case. Here’s how sugar addiction works:

Sugar addiction works in the same way that any addiction (such as addictions to hard drugs, alcohol, and gambling) works — it interferes with the our dopamine receptors. There are theories that our brains think that sugar is so important because of a very outdated survival mechanism from our hunter-gathering days. Continue reading “How To Break The Sugar Addiction”

6 Tips To Feeding Kids Wisely

6 Tips to Feeding Kids Wisely

When raising kids, it’s important to consider the psychology of eating and how what they learn now will affect them for life.  It is not just about ‘making a decision,’ but about understanding what goes into their relationship with food.

Here are a few points to consider: Continue reading “6 Tips To Feeding Kids Wisely”

Soluble vs Insoluble Fiber - What's the Difference? : Dr. Kim's Blog

Soluble vs Insoluble Fiber – What’s the Difference?

Soluble vs Insoluble Fiber – What’s the Difference?

For years we’ve been told by doctors to “increase our fiber intake” for various reasons. Unfortunately we’re not give a whole lot of direction.  There are two types of fiber – soluble and insoluble – and they function very differently.  If you’re new to fiber research, you may even think you need to decide which one is best.  Truth is, they’re both the best and you’ll want to make sure you’re consuming an adequate amount of both.

Insoluble fiber and soluble fiber have different benefits and they come from different sources.  How much you consume of each is largely dependent on the reason you’re seeking to add fiber to your diet, as well as your gender and age.  Both insoluble and soluble fiber are undigested, making it a very intelligent calorie source, but they do function differently while in your body.  Insoluble fiber passes largely intact, while soluble fiber will form a gel of sorts while being passed.  This makes their benefits quite different. Continue reading “Soluble vs Insoluble Fiber – What’s the Difference?”

Say Cheese! And It Might Actually Be Good For You : Dr. Kim's Blog

Say Cheese! And It Might Actually Be Good For You

Say Cheese! And It Might Actually Be Good For You

Over the past decade, the amount of misinformation coming out of the FDA that has been debunked is alarming.  Whether it was that fat is bad.  Or that sugar was better than fat.  Or that artificial sweeteners were healthy.  So it should come as no surprise that a recent study is finding that cheese may actually be good for you.  

 Just an ounce (about a slice) of cheddar cheese will run you 9 grams of fat and 180 mg of sodium. It’s also high in saturated fat and cholesterol, and for a long time these stats put cheese automatically on the “bad” list.  But should it be?  Continue reading “Say Cheese! And It Might Actually Be Good For You”

Are Pop Tarts Healthier Than Avocados? The FDA Thinks So : Dr. Kim Blog

Are Pop Tarts Healthier Than Avocados? The FDA Thinks SO

Are Pop Tarts Healthier Than Avocados? The FDA Thinks SO

The FDA is responsible for a lot of things, and one of those is regulating what health claims companies are allowed to put on food packaging.  Currently, in order to use the term “healthy” on a product’s packaging, the product in question must not exceed three grams of fat.  So, according to what the FDA tells us, Frosted Flakes cereal and Pop Tarts are healthy foods, but foods containing large amounts of nuts are not.  Goodness!  This means we could never call an avocado “healthy”, because one avocado contains a whopping 21 grams of fat!   Continue reading “Are Pop Tarts Healthier Than Avocados? The FDA Thinks SO”

Healthy Drinks – A Parent’s Dilemma

Healthy Drinks – A Parent’s Dilemma

If you’re a parent, you know it’s becoming more and more difficult to tell which drinks are healthy and which are not. This is understandable given the marketing strategy to sell that edges out giving clear messages about the products in consideration.

For starters, most parents understand that water and “most” milk is healthy; maybe even certain fruit juices. And most parents know that soda is not healthy, diet or regular. But what about the ever growing aisle of sports, energy and health drinks? Even fruit juices are often laden with all sorts of unhealthy additives, and juice itself can be very high in sugar – and even have added sugar!  Continue reading “Healthy Drinks – A Parent’s Dilemma”