UNC Health Talk

Category: Nutrition


June 29, 2012

Coffee: The Good-for-you Brew?

Whether it’s Starbucks, Dunkin' Donuts, Seattle’s Best or one of the hundreds of coffee makers out there, coffee is a big part of American culture. For years, researchers have been trying to determine coffee’s health effects, but studies usually end with mixed results...


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Illustration of an older woman standing on a scale.

June 21, 2012

Eating disorder behaviors and weight concerns are common in women o...

A new study finds that 62 percent of women aged 50 and older say that their weight or shape negatively impacts on their life.

Mental Health, Nutrition

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Ken diet

June 13, 2012

Stop These Crazy Diets Already!

Seriously? That was the first word that came to mind when I heard about the Ketogenic Diet craze. Aka: Rapid weight loss through placement of a nasogastric feeding tube. As dietitians, we’re often asked to rate the latest and greatest fad diet. We usually try to present the pros and cons to our clients and help them make informed decisions about their weight loss plan.


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100 Calorie Snack Foods

March 28, 2012

Meh…it’s just 100 calories

I get a a lot of questions, especially this time of year, about my thoughts on certain "extreme diets"-- high protein/ low carb, liquid diets, hormone injections, appetite suppressants, juicing, etc. My answer is generally: "I'm sure you'll lose a lot of weight quickly, but you'll gain it all back when you get tired of it." (And mark my words, you will get tired of it.)


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The Produce Box

March 26, 2012

Fresh, Frozen or Canned. What About Boxed?

As a dietitian, you would think that I buy new and different fruits and vegetables every time I go grocery shopping. Nope. Like everyone else, I am comfortable with my routine. I have the same handful of favorites on our weekly menu...


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Krispy Kreme Challenge

February 19, 2012

For the Love of Donuts

There's only one good reason to eat a dozen donuts at one time - to raise money for the NC Children's Hospital (and maybe to watch your forty-something husband and brother-in-law dress in ridiculous outfits).


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UNC Chapel

January 23, 2012

Diets high in fiber won’t protect against diverticulosis

For more than 40 years, scientists and physicians have thought eating a high-fiber diet lowered a person’s risk of diverticulosis, a disease of the large intestine in which pouches develop in the colon wall.

Chronic Illness, Gastroenterology, Nutrition, Wellness

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October 25, 2011

Study: Obesity limits effectiveness of flu vaccines

People carrying extra pounds may need extra protection from influenza. New research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill shows that obesity may make annual flu shots less effective.

Nutrition, Studies, Treatment, Wellness

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