The human body has a range of pH values that span a full spectrum of levels, roughly from 2 to 8. The idea that you need to neutralize acid in your body by regulating your pH level-and that you should drink alkaline water to do so-is "not based on credible science;' says Joy Dubost, Ph.D., a registered dietitian and spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. "The body can maintain the proper pH independent of diet," she adds. And drinking alkaline water will do no more than wet your whistle, since water's pH has no effect on the blood or the body's cells, Dubost says.
This week, a panel of 15 experts convened in Washington, DC to discuss the next round of federal dietary guidelines for Americans. FoodNavigator-USA asked representatives of the nutrition community to weigh in on what they’d like to see addressed in the 2015 guidelines.
Nutrition Q&A: Does the HCG Diet Work?
It depends on what you mean. On this hormone-based plan, fat may vanish—but the risks are very real. Our MF expert spells them out for you.
Julie D. Andrews
Coconut oil was once a heart-health “don’t” thanks to its 87 percent saturated-fat content. Solid at room temperature, it’s making a comeback in some packaged foods and for cooking and baking. While it may be marketed as helpful for cholesterol levels, some nutrition experts disagree about the health benefits of coconut oil. “Coconut oil contains a mixture of saturated fatty acids, some of which don’t adversely affect cholesterol levels,” says Joy Dubost, Ph.D., R.D., a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
As many of us celebrate Easter with a festive brunch, we may find ourselves staring down a monster buffet table. What should you grab? When is it okay to indulge and what constitutes a major diet setback? We asked our favorite nutrition experts to outline their absolute brunching don'ts as we head into the holiday.
MSN News talked to registered dietitian and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Joy Dubost, as well as dermatologist and director of New York’s JUVA Skin and Laser Center, Bruce Katz, to see if caffeine-laced pants will really help people wake up and slim down.
The Secret to Beautiful Hair? It's in Your Kitchen!
Dull hair, thinning hair, dry hair -- all a reflection of how healthy your diet is. If you start getting more vitamins and minerals every day you can turn those bad hair days around
By Laura Flynn McCarthy - March 6, 2013
RA Meds may Cause Weight Gain – Here's How to Lose the Pounds Losing weight while taking RA medication can be tough, but staying active and watching your diet will reduce the risk of added joint stress.
By Diana Rodriguez, Medically reviewed by Farrokh Sohrabi, MD
Can One Meal Kill You? Another heart attack reported at Heart Attack Grill. Prevention Magazine, April 2012. http://www.prevention.com/food/healthy-eating-tips/second-heart-attack-reported-heart-attack-grill.
With swimsuit season on our minds, authors picked the brains of the healthiest eaters they know. Here’s what 17 dieticians taught about slimming down the smart way, http://fitbie.msn.com/slideshow/best-piece-weight-loss-advice-ever, April, 2012
The second of two stories about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program, better known as the food stamp program. It is also one of several SHFWire stories that will focus on the 2012 elections in Pennsylvania and Virginia, Scripps Howard Foundation, http://www.shfwire.com/node/6296, January 31, 2012