Grant Hewitt

Trans Fats to Disappear from American Foods


Weight Management

“…not generally recognized as safe…for any use in food.” This is what the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had to say about the consumption of trans fats less than two years ago.  The FDA has now taken a bold step to act on that assessment by outlawing their use by the food industry.  While it is true that decades past have given dietary fat, in general, a bad reputation which it did not quite deserve, this is not the case with trans fats.  Nutritionists and savvy consumers alike have rightly been concerned about trans fats for years due to its negative health effects.  In fact, unlike most nutrients, there has never been a safe “upper limit” for these fats, because according … Continue reading

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Grant Hewitt

Why a Major Soda Company is Dropping Aspartame


Weight Management

I might be kicking a hornet’s nest here, but given the ever-growing aspartame controversy, the scientific facts are becoming more and more difficult to discern. Aspartame (commonly marketed as Nutrasweet®, or Equal®) is an artificial sweetener that is used in many non-caloric drinks and diet sodas.  One of those diet sodas is Diet Pepsi.  The aspartame issue once again hit the fan when PepsiCo announced in April that it would discontinue using aspartame for its diet line.  What is perhaps most interesting, is that PepsiCo does not believe aspartame is harmful in any way, rather, they are making the adjustment because the public thinks it is.  “Aspartame is the number one reason consumers are dropping diet soda,” said Seth Kaufman, … Continue reading

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Grant Hewitt

Herbal Supplements Missing Named Ingredients


Weight Management, Wellness

Ok, so I don’t know how I missed this, but in February the New York State Attorney General’s office issued cease-and-desist letters to Target, GNC, Walmart and Walgreens for allegedly selling their store brand health supplements with little or none of the advertised ingredients. (When I worked at a nutritional supplement store some years ago, I must confess, I always wondered about those herbal supplement bottles in our front aisle.) Anyway, so just how bad were the findings?  In the case of all four retailers, none of their gingko biloba or their ginseng supplements contained any trace of those substances.  That’s right–ZERO gingo biloba or ginseng found in “gingo biloba and ginseng supplements.”  So what did they find in these retailers’ supplements then?  Though … Continue reading

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Mary Teague RD, LD

Barbecuing While On a Diet


Nutrition, Weight Management, Wellness

It all starts with Memorial Day, then there is the Fourth of July, followed by Labor Day and picnics with family and friends all summer long. Grilling and barbecues are an excellent way to kick-start a healthy spring and summer by making a few adjustments to the typical fare of hamburgers, hot dogs, mayonnaise-soaked salads and chips. Here are some tips for healthful, guiltless grilling. Marinate the leaner cuts of meat for more flavor with less fat. These are some leaner choices: Eye of round Top round steak Bottom round roast Top sirloin steak Round tip roast And these are other options, slightly higher in fat, but packed with flavor, include: Flank steak Tri-tip roasts Of course skinless chicken and … Continue reading

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Grant Hewitt

Is Obesity Reversible?


Weight Management, Wellness

Last month The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, a respected medical journal, published “Treating obesity seriously: when recommendations for lifestyle change confront biological adaptations.” This article advises how to “seriously” treat obesity. Because this article may unwittingly provide support for a defeated and discouraged attitude towards losing weight, I decided to weigh in. From my experience, obese patients are all-too-quick to conclude “There’s nothing I can do about being obese”  or give up with an “I can’t help it” attitude.  Medical journals should not be used to support such gloomy and false ideas.  To avoid this, let’s clarify some statements made, “…improved lifestyle choices might be sufficient for lasting reductions in bodyweight prior to sustained obesity. Once obesity is established, however, bodyweight seems to … Continue reading

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