5 Reads to Start Your Week (January 18)

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Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

Whether you’re at work or observing the holiday at home, create some time for this mix of news, trends, and just fun developments we’ve seen in the health and nutrition world in the young 2016.

Here are the 5 Reads to Start Your Week:

1. Jennifer Aniston is totally obsessed with the Taco Cleanse too

Ok, to be honest, I didn’t know the “first viral diet trend of 2016 so far” (according to Yahoo Food) was really a thing, but if someone says to eat more tacos, I’ll hear ’em out. Jennifer Aniston is likewise intrigued.

The Taco Cleanse: The Tortilla-Based Diet Proven to Change Your Life, boasting a vegan diet plan with each meal containing a taco. is one of the best-selling books of the year so far.

The aim is certainly comedic (the authors refer to themselves as “taco scientists”), but it looks like they’re promoting some actual helpful, filling meals – and they’ve even come up with 75 recipes. I’ve got my gloves up, but the article – and potential new trend – is something to at least be aware of.

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2. 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans

That’s not a typo. The 2015 Dietary Guidelines were finally released on January 7th, 2016.

The U.S. Government had all of 2015 to release their new dietary guidelines (released every 5 years), but didn’t hit any of the 365 possible deadlines. It’s even more comical once you consider that the guidelines are giving Americans bad advice anyway, as Zoe Harcombe brilliantly asserts.

She first contrasts the 2015 guidelines to those from 1980 and then breaks down the vague diction, and later contradictions, of the guidelines themselves. For example, limiting sugar, but suggesting “more fruit, more grains, more beans/pulses, more starch – all things that are, or break down into, sugar.”

Harcombe nails it, and adds her own guidelines for your health this year. Let’s just say I like her 2016 version more.


3. Campbell Soup to Label Products Containing GMOs

In another great step in the right direction for GMOs, Campbell Soup will be the first U.S. company to label if their products contain GMOs. Campbell’s products also include brands you might recognize like Pepperidge Farm, V8, Swanson, and Prego amongst many more.

They use ingredients made from corn, canola, sugar beets and soybeans – all crops that commonly use GMO seed in the U.S.

Campbell’s is also making it known that they are in favor of mandatory labeling of food products, and will be working with the FDA and other regulators to craft the language for standard, nationwide GMO labels.

The Consumer Report link above, written by Chris Morran, has more details and a great lead photo of what a GMO label looks like so you know what to search for when you go grocery shopping.


4. The Nutrition Myths I’m Tired of Hearing — And What I Tell My Patients Instead

Dr. Michelle McMacken has a nice breakdown on mindbodygreen that takes on five popular word-of-mouth nutrition myths like “Drink milk to protect your bones” and “If you want to lose weight, count calories” – presenting tips that go deeper than the surface.

She also backs up two of our biggest stances of avoiding sugars and processed foods. Great tips, friendly reminders, and a quick read from someone who is surely credible (and actually went beyond the minimum 20 hours(!) of nutrition education in medical school.)


5. Meet the chef who decides what Tom Brady eats — and what he definitely doesn’t

Football fans, did you catch the strict diet for (perhaps) the greatest quarterback of all time? A profile from the Boston Globe’s Hillary Sargent speaks with the personal chef for Tom Brady and his wife Gisele, and we get as clear a picture as ever before about how the 38-year old keeps his body in tip-top shape.

“Eighty percent of what they eat is vegetables,” [chef Allen] Campbell said. “[I buy] the freshest vegetables. If it’s not organic, I don’t use it. And whole grains: brown rice, quinoa, millet, beans. The other 20 percent is lean meats: grass-fed organic steak, duck every now and then, and chicken. As for fish, I mostly cook wild salmon.”

Food items on the do not eat list: tomatoes, mushrooms, eggplant, or peppers because they cause inflammation. And rarely fruit. As a follow up, Brady himself discussed his diet in a recent interview with Boston radio station WEEI, adding, “I never had any coffee or anything like that. I just never tried it.”

I like modeling my diet and exercise after the best athletes in the world, but no coffee?

No eggplant? Rarely any fruit?

Thanks Mr. Brady, but I’ll search for inspiration elsewhere. Like from Kobe, who drinks chocolate milk, if you recall.


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