Diet and Nutrition

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2013

    The Brooklyn Bean Offers Locally Sourced Heirloom Beans

    When you tell people you're a vegetarian, you will invariably be met by one -- or several -- of the same few responses. Some people will tell you that they admire you but never could do it themselves. Others will wax nostalgic about their own vegetarian phases. And many, many people will ask you, in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2013

    Dirt Candy's Amanda Cohen: "We Have to Include Women in the Dialogue"

    When Amanda Cohen opened Dirt Candy (430 East 9th Street, 212-228-7732) in 2008 -- an era, you may recall, in which America's love affair with pork was reaching maniacal heights -- she emphasized that her spot was not so much a vegetarian restaurant as it was a vegetables restaurant. At the time, sh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2013

    Reader: Chefs Who Don't Cater to Vegans' Needs Are Irritating

    In my interview with Pearl & Ash's Richard Kuo, he noted that it irritates him to accommodate vegans because he doesn't feel like they're getting the full experience of a meal. "It would be like going to Marea and asking for a cheeseburger," he explains. "It's not relevant to what the restaurant is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2013

    Bloomberg Says Plan to Reduce Salt in Our Food Is Making Progress

    Earlier today, Mayor Mike Bloomberg announced that he's been working with 21 different food companies, including Heinz, Starbucks, Au Bon Pain, and Butterball to reduce the amount of sodium in pre-packaged foods. Though it's the most recent publicized battle of the mayor's three-term war on food, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2013

    10 Best Restaurants for Vegetarian Food in New York (Even if You're Not a Vegetarian!), 2013 Edition

    There are plenty of vegetarian-friendly restaurants in New York. Some deal in chewy gluten strips and meat facsimiles, others turn out raw foods and seed pastes, but there are plenty of places where you don't need to be a devotee to enjoy the food. Go for a meatless meal at these restaurants for a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2013

    Coca-Cola Talks About Obesity in Commercial

    Coca-Cola has marketed itself as the happy-making drink for more than 100 years. Now the company admits they're a fat-making drink, too. Coca-Cola will run this ad during some of the highest-rated shows on CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC in hopes of proving to the world that the number 1 beverage company ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2012

    Mike Bloomberg, Food Cop: Mayor Pushing Private Hospitals To Follow City Food Guidelines

    Hospital food, in general, sucks -- and thanks to Mayor Mike Bloomberg and his incessant war on flab, it's about to suck a lot more.Hizzoner announced today that several private hospitals in New York City have agreed to follow the mayor's dietary guidelines used for city-run hospitals. In other word ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2012

    Mike Bloomberg, Health Cop: Where's The War On Wheaties?

    Mayor Mike Bloomberg has declared war on sodium, baby formula, sugar and, most recently, soda. But if Hizzoner is so concerned with your health, where's the war on Wheaties?Wheat is actually pretty horrible in terms of its ability to turn people into unhealthy fatsos. And unlike soda, it apparently ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2012

    Alicia Silverstone Is Writing Two New Cookbooks

    Actress, activist, and vegan cook Alicia Silverstone announces via her blog that she will be writing two new cookbooks: The Kind Mama will cover cooking during pregnancy and while caring for young children. The Kind Diet Cookbook will be a companion to her 2009 vegan cookbook The Kind Diet.

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2012

    Q&A, Part 2: Runner and Stone's Peter Endriss on Brooklyn Flea, "Tart-tening" Up Bread, and NYC's Whole-Grain Movement

    [See More Interviews: North Fork Table & Inn's Gerry Hayden | Travis Post of Yunnan Kitchen] Yesterday, Peter Endriss told us about opening a permanent bakery in Gowanus, baking at Per Se, and working 35 hours a weekend. We follow up today with part two of our chat with the gifted baker. He shares ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2012

    Daily Alcohol Consumption Linked to Breast Cancer

    Eek. Might want to think twice now about downing that cocktail. According to a recent study by the National Cancer Institute, consuming seven to 14 alcoholic drinks per week carries a 30 to 60 percent increase in breast cancer risk. Although earlier studies have connected daily alcohol consumption ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2012

    Vogue's Jeffrey Steingarten Solves Tedium of Master Cleanse with Granita

    The Master Cleanse involves temporarily replacing food with a concoction of lemon juice, cayenne pepper and maple syrup. It's been around for many years and is still a go-to detox for people looking to cleanse their bodies or lose weight.

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2012

    Starbucks' Insect Dye Causes Controversy Among Vegans

    Starbucks is learning the hard way that you just can't please everyone. A few weeks ago, a vegan news and advocacy website, This Dish Is Veg, posted an article urging readers to beware of the Strawberry Frappuccino because it contains coloring made of dried cochineal insects, rendering it not vegan- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2012

    Bread Trumps Chips as the Biggest Source of Salt in Our Diet

    ​Where does most of the salt in our diet come from? Not from potato chips, pretzels, popcorn, or pizza, according to a government report released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2011

    Eat Green! The Candle 79 Cookbook Brings the Vegan Hotspot's Cuisine to Home Kitchens

    Ten Speed Press​Anita Lo, Andrew Carmellini, and Daniel Humm are just a few of the top New York City restaurant chefs publishing cookbooks this season. But for vegetarians and vegans living in the city, the most exciting cookbook release this season is most certainly going to be Joy Pierson's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2011

    Bombay Curry Kale Chips From Rhythm Superfoods

    ​The bag flaunts a litany of food obsessions: Gluten-Free, Vegan, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Cholesterol-Free, GMO-Free, Raw. Remember last year's foodie parties? When everywhere you went, the host would produce a bowl of fresh farmers' market kale that had been slicked with the best olive oil, c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2011

    New Polls Reveal Americans Aren't Happy With Food System

    KB35, Flickr, CC​Is Michael Pollan's message sinking in? Are Americans finally tired of wolfing down government-subsidized Doritos (R.I.P. Arch West) and Big Macs? According to a new poll, the answer is an encouraging, although by no means overwhelming, yes. Recently, Mark Bittman pointed to t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2011

    Harvard to USDA: Our Plate Is Better Than MyPlate

    Harvard School of Public Health​ Last June, the USDA replaced its long-suffering food guide pyramid with the more plain-spoken MyPlate. Its merits quickly became a source of debate among nutritionists and public policy types, including those at the Harvard School of Public Health. And now sci ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2011

    Do Diet Sodas Make You Fat? A University of Texas Study Seems to Say So

    ​Do Not Drink? It was too good to be true - the idea that you could drink massive amounts of diet soda and suffer no ill consequences. The NY Post reports today on a University of Texas medical school study that shows that people who drink diet sodas are 70% more likely to suffer an increase ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2011

    The Food Pyramid Is Being Replaced by the Food Plate. Should We Care?

    Let's hope Obama's food plate has more on it than this.​The food pyramid most of us grew up with is going the way of Betamax. But you probably won't be shedding a tear for the defunct infographic (bread and grains on the bottom, followed by fruits and vegetables, meat and dairy, and sweets and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2011

    Foodily to Launch Nutrition Labels, Letting You Know If Your Recipe is for Fatties or Super Fatties

    FoodilyBut do you really want to know?​Foodily, what was being billed just a few months back as "the Facebook of food," seems to be shifting its focus slightly away from the social networking aspect of the site and more towards a recipe database. And it's becoming even more competitive in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2011

    10 Astounding Nutritional Discoveries of the Future

    ​Too many Omega 3's will quite literally turn you into a fish! Nutritionists tend to be full of shit. One day they tell you to eat margarine, then change their minds and say margarine will kill you. Generated by meaningless correlation studies and based on shaky science, so it is with most o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2011

    Study Shows That Vegans Are at a Greater Risk for Heart Disease

    vegancookalongIs being vegan bad for your heart?​As the Globe and Mail points out, you'd think that abstaining from all foods containing animal fats would keep your heart healthy. But a new study suggests that restricting one's diets to plants could mean missing out on certain nutrients vital ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2011

    Make Carmine Club Café's Spaghetti Squash with Bonito Flakes and Chili, Like Chef Joe Vigorito

    Spaghetti Squash with Bonito Flakes and Chili​Who says you need spaghetti in your favorite spaghetti dish? Chef Joe Vigorito of the newly opened Carmine Club Café shares the recipe for his take on spaghetti aglio e olio, sans the pasta. "One of my favorite dishes to eat is spaghetti aglio e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2010

    Meat to Ring in New Year With Nutritional Labels​File under Things You Probably Don't Want to Know: beginning on Jan. 1, meat will carry the same nutritional labels found on just about everything else you can buy in the supermarket.

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2010

    Mayor Bloomberg Cutting Carbs, Pudding in Jail

    ​Prisoners at Rikers Island will eat less thanks to Michael Bloomberg's budget cuts, which are now coming for carbohydrates. Instead of eight slices of whole wheat bread every day, inmates will get six as part of a $1.6 billion budget adjustment proposed this week, the Daily News is reporting. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2010

    Cheese Lobby is Making America Fat on Behalf of the Government

    ​The United States Department of Agriculture is pairing with businesses like Domino's Pizza and Taco Bell to make you fat by loading up already bad food with more cheese. They're doing it through a middle man, Dairy Management, a "marketing creation" of the government, which is responsible for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2010

    The 10 Easy Diet Rules of the Sietsema Weight Loss System

    ​This could be your diet lunch! Jenna F. asks: How the hell do you stay so skinny doing the job that you do? Dear Jenna: Glad you asked that. Actually, I'm not quite as skinny as you might think. It's partly a matter of wearing flattering, billowy clothes. If I could get by wearing a caftan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2010

    Red Wine's Magical Properties Continue to Amaze and Delight

    ​Another day, another fabulous study revealing the magical, mystical properties of red wine. This time, we learn that resveratrol, that extra special stuff that comes from the skin of red grapes and is hence found in red wine, can neutralize the toxic effects of proteins linked to Alzheimer's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2010

    Food Companies Pledge to Remove 1.5 Trillion Calories From Their Products

    thisiswhyyourefat.com1.5 trillion calories...​Yesterday, a coalition of food companies pledged to remove 1.5 trillion calories from their products by 2015. The announcement from the group, the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, was made yesterday by Michelle Obama at a White House press con ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2009

    Marion Nestle on Calorie Counts, 16 Months In

    When the New York City Department of Health regulated that chain restaurants must post calories, they promised huge health gains--calorie labels would prevent 30,000 cases of diabetes, they said, and reduce the number of obese New Yorkers by 150,000. Of course, it's too early to know whether or not ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2009

    Don't Bash Corn Syrup Or the Corn Refiners Association Will Get You

    dodo-bird/flickr Fork in the Road has learned firsthand what happens when you publish something negative about high-fructose corn syrup: Audrae Erickson, the president of the Corn Refiners Association, writes you offering "science-based information on this safe sweetener," such as the following: " ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2009

    Questioning Bloomie's Salt Cutback

    There's an interesting Op-Ed in the Times today questioning the wisdom of Mayor Bloomberg and the NYC Department of Health's campaign against salt--and the piece doesn't question the lower-salt initiative in the name of culinary freedom but health.Michael Alderman, a professor of medicine and epidem ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2008

    Food Fight: Harlem Forum Debates Supermarket Sweeps

    photos by John DeSio Is it sinister racism or a misunderstanding of markets that shapes food policy in the city's poor neighborhoods? The Harlem Food & Fitness Consortium was looking for answers on Wednesday. Yesterday evening the group held a town hall forum to discuss the dearth of supermarkets ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2008

    First Lady Paterson Greens the Mansion, Enjoys Thai Food

    Having come to the Governor's mansion in, ahem, less than ideal circumstances, Michelle Paige Paterson is moving forward with several healthy eating initiatives that make considerably more appetizing headlines. Today, Paterson announced that she would continue the local and organic food program th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2008

    Calorie Counting in Times Square

    The law that will force New York restaurants with more than 15 branches nationwide to post calories on menus was to go into effect today, but it has been delayed. The Department of Health says that the district court judge has now set Friday the 25th as the new date for the law to go into effect, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2007
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    February 23, 2007
  • Books

    January 30, 2007

    Meat Puppets

    Eat your greens: chewing over the history and politics of vegetarianism

  • NYC Life

    December 19, 2006

    Repeat After Us: I Will Stop Eating Candy in 2007

    She gave up her addiction to strawberry laces and Milk Duds, and lived to tell the tale

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2006
  • NYC Life

    July 18, 2006

    Beyond the Bull

    Talking with Dan Mayer, master Web reviewer of 180 energy drinks

  • People

    January 3, 2006

    Exercise, You Lazy Shit

    Diet books to get you—or frighten you off—your New Year's resolution

  • NYC Life

    December 20, 2005

    Schlepping to a New You

    At least the strike makes New York skinny

  • NYC Life

    November 1, 2005

    McDonald's Spills Its Guts

    Big Mac to come with a warning label

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2005

    School's Out. Food's Where?

    Advocates want city schools to do more to get poor kids to eat free food When summer moves into its hazy days, the school year ends. But hunger doesn't. That's why there's a vacation companion to the standard school meals system, called the Summer Meals program. Last year more than 130,000 New York ... More >>

  • Specials

    May 24, 2005
  • News

    January 27, 2004

    The F-Word

    Today's special: Diet-guru crash course—with a side of celeb-chef comfort food

  • Specials

    July 18, 2000
  • News

    June 27, 2000

    Eat It Raw!

    Blenders, Sprouters, and Mashers Process Food in the East Village

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