What is junk food?

Last week a study in Pediatrics (Athlete Endorsements in Food Marketing, October 7, 2013) made headlines. Almost without fail the headlines used the word “junk” food to describe athletes’ endorsements and one headline went so far to say, “Yes, Peyton Manning is making you fat.” When I read the study, it got me thinking aboutContinue reading “What is junk food?”

Coconut Water, Homemade Sports Drinks and Other Thoughts on Hydration

As college students make their way to campus, college athletes are taking the field and hitting the gym for sports training and competition. Two questions that I’m being asked are, “is coconut water better than sports drinks?” and “should I make my own sports drink to cut down on sugar?” First, coconut water…although being marketedContinue reading “Coconut Water, Homemade Sports Drinks and Other Thoughts on Hydration”

Warning: Read Beyond the Headlines on AAP Clinical Report on Sports Drinks

Today the American Academy of Pediatrics released a clinical report (ahead of print in June issue of Pediatrics) on sports drinks and energy drinks for children and adolescents. I read the report and was interviewed by NPR, however, it appears I only made the cut for the blog article.http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2011/05/31/136722667/pediatricians-warn-against-energy-and-sports-drinks-for-kids#more The way this story is beingContinue reading “Warning: Read Beyond the Headlines on AAP Clinical Report on Sports Drinks”