Items Tagged ‘food’

Ask the Doctors - Can the food we eat affect inflammation?

September 5, 2018

Ask the Doctors – Can the food we eat affect inflammation?

By Ask the Doctors Ask the Doctors

Dear Doctors: Can the food we eat affect chronic inflammation in the body? In our previous column, we addressed the first half of a two-part question about inflammation – what is it, and can it be affected by diet. In answering the first half of the question, we discussed the two main types of inflammation […]

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Tags: acute inflammation, antioxidants, Ask the Doctors, breast cancer, chronic inflammation, diet, Dr. Eve Glazier, Dr.Elizabeth Ko, food, nutrition, polyphenols


Ask the Doctors - How exactly does 'inflammation' work?

September 3, 2018

Ask the Doctors – How exactly does ‘inflammation’ work?

By Ask the Doctors Ask the Doctors

Dear Doctors: It seems as though we’re hearing more and more about inflammation and how it causes disease. What is inflammation and how does it work? And is it really possible that what you eat makes a difference? You’ve asked several pretty big questions so we’re going to answer them in two parts. In this […]

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Tags: Ask the Doctors, celiac disease, Crohn's Disease, diet, Dr. Eve Glazier, Dr.Elizabeth Ko, food, immune system, inflammation, nutrition, psoriasis, ulcerative colitis


Ask the Doctors - Do processed meats really increase the risk of asthma?

July 30, 2018

Ask the Doctors – Do processed meats really increase the risk of asthma?

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Dear Doctor: I love ham sandwiches – and have one almost every day. I also have asthma, and just read that processed meats can increase the risk of asthma. How can this be? Meats have been cured – that is preserved and flavored – since ancient times, largely through salting or smoking. Potassium nitrate and […]

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Tags: Ask the Doctors, asthma, Dr. Robert Ashley, food, inflammation, nitrates, nitrites, nutrition


To ease the transition to a plant-based diet, try these foods

July 18, 2018

To ease the transition to a plant-based diet, try these foods

By Ryan Hatoum Ryan Hatoum

Plant-based diets are associated with numerous health benefits, but it’s not so easy for meat eaters to suddenly drop foods they’re used to eating daily. Certain foods can help ease that transition, says UCLA senior dietitian Dana Hunnes, by providing nutrients and textures that are comparable to beef, chicken and other meat. If you feel […]

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Tags: almond milk, calcium, Dana Hunnes, diet, dietician, dietitian, dietitians, food, food choices, foods, healthy diet, meat


Ask the Doctors - Will long-term calorie restriction shorten or lengthen lifespan?

July 18, 2018

Ask the Doctors – Will long-term calorie restriction shorten or lengthen lifespan?

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Dear Doctor: Some studies suggest that long-term calorie restriction can shorten lifespan; others say it won’t. Which should we believe? This is a perplexing question.  We need energy to live, and the food we eat provides that energy.  Obviously, gluttony can lead to dire health consequences, including type 2 diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure, […]

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Tags: Ask the Doctors, calorie restriction, calories, Dr. Robert Ashley, food, lifespan, longevity


Is your 2018 weight-loss plan stalled? Try these steps next

January 24, 2018

Is your 2018 weight-loss plan stalled? Try these steps next

By Ryan Hatoum Ryan Hatoum

With 2018 now well under way, many of us will be checking ourselves on that New Year’s resolution to shed some pounds. So why are some of us – try as we might – not seeing the numbers on the scale go down? Dr. Vijaya Surampudi, a physician with the Risk Factor Obesity Weight Management […]

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Tags: balanced diet, BMI, body composition, body mass index, body mass index (BMI), diet, dieting, Dr. Vijaya Surampudi, exercise, fat, food, muscle


When undergoing cancer therapy, a patient’s sense of taste may change

October 9, 2017

When undergoing cancer therapy, a patient’s sense of taste may change

By Ryan Hatoum Ryan Hatoum

Both cancer and cancer treatments can have unexpected side effects for patients. One of the surprising ones, for some patients, is that the taste of certain foods may begin to change. Altered taste is a “very common nutritional change” for those undergoing cancer treatment, says Catherine Carpenter, professor of clinical nutrition at the David Geffen […]

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Tags: cancer, cancer treatments, Catherine Carpenter, chemotherapy, food, foods, nutrition, radiation, senses, taste


'Edible' 106-year-old fruitcake discovery raises question: how long do frozen foods actually keep?

September 7, 2017

‘Edible’ 106-year-old fruitcake discovery raises question: how long do frozen foods actually keep?

By Ryan Hatoum Ryan Hatoum

While some of us are wondering whether those frozen veggies sitting in the back of our freezer are still good, conservators in Antarctica recently uncovered a 106-year-old, “almost” edible fruitcake preserved in ice. To be sure, you shouldn’t wait for your frozen foods to join the centenarian club before you make use of them, but […]

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Tags: Dana Hunnes, dietician, dietitian, food, healthy food, nutrition


How to throw a healthy Fourth of July party

June 30, 2017

How to throw a healthy Fourth of July party

By Ryan Hatoum Ryan Hatoum

The Fourth of July is the perfect time to heat up the grill and gather with friends and family. With all that food and drink, however, the holiday can turn into a nutritional pitfall. Two dietitians at UCLA Health – Erin Morse and Dana Hunnes – share their tips on how to host a healthy […]

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Tags: alcohol, alcohol consumption, cooking, Dana Hunnes, dietician, dietitian, dietitians, Erin Morse, food, fourth of july, fruits, healthy holidays


Here's a distinct definition for the word 'healthy'

May 4, 2017

Here’s a distinct definition for the word ‘healthy’

By Ryan Hatoum Ryan Hatoum

We’ve all been there: you pick up a food item at the grocery store that has the word ‘healthy’ on it – but you’re not quite sure what that means. Is it good for you? Is it nutritious? It is worth paying extra for? Nutrition experts have been attempting to agree upon a clear definition […]

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Tags: balanced diet, Dana Hunnes, dieting, eating healthy, food, food labels, health, healthy, nutrition labels