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Is that right? La Creme: 100% dairy, 0% shame

I don't have a horse in this race, as I don't see why anyone would dump creamer of any kind into a perfectly good cup of black coffee.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | March 4, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Is that right? White bread versus whole wheat -- again

As I wrote in this week's "Eat, Drink and Be Healthy" column, the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 suggest that we increase our intake of whole grains by allowing those more healthful grains to elbow out the refined grains -- like white bread -- we consume in overabundance. Turns out that notion is hardly a new one.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | February 25, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  Dietary Guidelines, Is That Right?, Nutrition and Fitness  
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Is that right? Menu calorie labels can curb obesity?

Offering calorie information on fast-food menus is the law of the land now, with the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, which requires fast-food and other chain restaurants to display calorie counts for the foods they sell. The idea, of course, is that people are overeating because they're not aware of how many calories are in a Big Mac, and once they are properly informed they'll choose the salad instead. But does it really work that way?

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | February 18, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Is that right? Drinking diet soda increases stroke risk?

I don't typically report on research that's not yet been published in a peer-reviewed journal. But the provocative study about diet soda and stroke risk presented this week at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference in Los Angeles has generated enough confusion to warrant some attention here.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | February 11, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Cardiovascular Health, Is That Right?, Nutrition and Fitness, Sodium, Strokes  
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Is that right? The beef over Taco Bell meat

Does Taco Bell's meat filling contain enough beef to be called "beef"? That's the question raised by a California woman who has hired an Alabama law firm to file a class-action lawsuit (this article contains a link to the PDF) against the fast-food company. Her beef: The meat filling the chain uses in its tacos, burritos and other Mexican-inspired fare, she says, doesn't contain a high enough percentage of actual beef to be legally labeled "beef" according to USDA standards.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | January 28, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Is that right? McDonald's oatmeal is 'a bowl full of wholesome'?

McDonalds restaurants across the land (not just the limited number involved in last year's launch) are serving Fruit & Maple Oatmeal, not just at breakfast time, but throughout the day. You can order it with or without brown sugar and light cream; I skipped both when I had my first cup of the stuff, this morning after yoga class. I say first cup, because I plan to get it again.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | January 21, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Is that right? Soda taxes would help fight obesity?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 17, 2010
Is that right? Aspirin reduces cancer risk?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 10, 2010
Is that right? Jimmy Dean breakfast will make you shine?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 3, 2010
Is that right? Snack-filled diet yields 27-lb. weight loss, Jennifer LaRue Huget , November 12, 2010
Is that right? Jared's running a marathon? , Jennifer LaRue Huget , October 29, 2010
Is that right? Scarrots for trick-or-treaters?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , October 22, 2010
Is that right? The McDonald's Happy Meal project, Jennifer LaRue Huget , October 15, 2010
Is That Right? Ben & Jerry's isn't "all natural" after all, Jennifer LaRue Huget , October 1, 2010
Is that right? Mott's Medleys are magic, Jennifer LaRue Huget , September 24, 2010
Is that right? HFCS is simply 'corn sugar'?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , September 17, 2010
Is that right? Bed bug fixes not covered by insurance?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , September 10, 2010
Is that right? Beware bed bug remedies, Jennifer LaRue Huget , September 3, 2010
Is that right? New feminine product balances pH?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , August 6, 2010
Is that right? McDonald's real fruit smoothies, Jennifer LaRue Huget , July 30, 2010
Is that right? Italians smoke more than Americans?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , July 23, 2010
Is that right? Silly Bandz are bad for kids' health?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , July 16, 2010
Is that right? One A Day Menopause Formula, Jennifer LaRue Huget , July 2, 2010
Is that right? 3-D movie glasses are sanitary?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , June 25, 2010
Is that right? What is 'extra-virgin' olive oil?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , June 11, 2010
Is that right? Kraft mac & cheese for grownups, Jennifer LaRue Huget , June 4, 2010
Is that right? People swallow Benadryl skin gel?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , May 14, 2010
Is that right? An extra 10 pounds won't hurt, might help?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 30, 2010
Is that right? Buying KFC buckets fights breast cancer?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 23, 2010
Is that right? Nutrition Facts are enough?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 16, 2010
Is that right? Milk makes hair shiny?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 2, 2010
Is that right? HFCS makes people fat?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , March 26, 2010
Is That Right? Better-for-you fruit drinks?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , March 12, 2010
Is That Right? In 22 cases, FDA says "No, it's not!", Jennifer LaRue Huget , March 5, 2010
Is That Right? Wal-Mart shoppers save $$$ on healthful foods?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , February 26, 2010
Is That Right? Maalox Total Relief ingredient is safe?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , February 19, 2010
Is that right? Oregano has more antioxidants than spinach?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , February 12, 2010
Is that Right? Sunny-side-up eggs are okay to eat?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , February 5, 2010
Is that Right? Loud music ruined baby boomers' hearing?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , January 29, 2010
Is that Right? Wonder Bread is soft, delicious and nutritious, Jennifer LaRue Huget , January 15, 2010
Is that Right? Facebook disses dairy?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 18, 2009
Do neti pots promote sinus health?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 11, 2009
Is That Right? Onions and garlic fight swine flu?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , November 20, 2009
Is That Right? Mini-Wheats have double the fiber of Cheerios?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , November 13, 2009
Is That Right? Cranberry Raisinets rich with antioxidants?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , November 6, 2009
Is That Right? Pistachios are lowest-calorie, lowest-fat nut?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , October 30, 2009
Is That Right? Bologna Beats PB&J, Jennifer LaRue Huget , October 9, 2009
Is That Right? 7-Up "Antioxidant", Jennifer LaRue Huget , October 2, 2009
Is That Right? High-Fiber Cereals Taste Better These Days, Jennifer LaRue Huget , September 18, 2009
Is That Right? New Lunchables Are 'Wholesome', Jennifer LaRue Huget , September 11, 2009
Is That Right? Alli Weight-Loss Drug is Safe, Jennifer LaRue Huget , September 4, 2009
Is That Right? Rice Krispies Boost Immunity, Jennifer LaRue Huget , August 21, 2009
Is That Right? Cancer Society Birthday Cake, Jennifer LaRue Huget , August 14, 2009
Is That Right? Vinegar Can Come From Petroleum, Jennifer LaRue Huget , August 7, 2009
Is That Right? "Eating organic food just makes sense.", Jennifer LaRue Huget , July 31, 2009
Is That Right? Crystal Light Makes Women Drink More Water, Jennifer LaRue Huget , July 24, 2009
Is That Right? Evian Water "Supports Your Body's Youth", Jennifer LaRue Huget , July 17, 2009
Is That Right? Fruit2day: A New Way to Eat Fruit, Jennifer LaRue Huget , July 10, 2009
Is That Right? Jell-O with Antioxidants, Jennifer LaRue Huget , June 5, 2009
Is That Right? Silk Soy Product Lowers Cholesterol, Jennifer LaRue Huget , May 22, 2009
 
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