Author Archives: Sheila Viswanathan

About Sheila Viswanathan

Sheila Viswanathan focuses on educating individuals on how to make healthier dietary choices. She received her doctoral degree in Nutrition and Public Health from Teachers College, Columbia University and is certified as a registered dietitian.

100 Calories of Sugar

This past Sunday, 60 Minutes aired an eye-opening piece about the harmful effects sugars can have on our body. Especially striking was the recommended limit for added sugars issued by the American Heart Association: 100 calories of added sugar per … Continue reading

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Breakfast On the Go

Mornings are busy, chaotic, and rushed, so it’s no wonder that eating a hearty breakfast ends up being a low priority in most homes. The appearance of breakfast in bar form sought to address the challenge of the hectic morning, … Continue reading

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What’s On Your Plate?

There are lots of strategies that can be used to make your eating habits healthier. Cook more. Shop the perimeter of the grocery store. Opt for the appetizer portion at restaurants. Keep a food diary. Eat breakfast. The effectiveness of … Continue reading

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Relying on Labels

The meat section of your grocery store will be undergoing a transformation. As of March 1st, 2012, the majority of meat sold in the butcher case is required to bear nutrition labels. The labels will be just like the ones … Continue reading

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Demystifying Fats and Oils

GoodGuide doesn’t rate cooking fat or oils, mainly because characterizing the health benefit of an oil depends on a lot of information that is simply not available or quantifiable. Some examples of this information are the purpose of the oil … Continue reading

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What Science Makes the Cut

It seems that more and more these days news breaks that a commonly used consumer good is contaminated with some toxic substance. Mercury in soda. Arsenic in apple juice. Fungicides in orange juice. Lead in lipstick. GoodGuide scientists track these … Continue reading

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The Folly of Faux Meat

There are lots of reasons to make more of your meals meatless. The primary reason is the significant body of public health research indicates diets high in meat and animal products (specifically red meat) are associated with higher rates of … Continue reading

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