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Weight Loss Supplements: Not Always Safe or Effective

By Marisa Weiss, M.D. on January 20th, 2016 Tags: , ,

Those eye-catching ads for weight loss products always have a great “after” photo. The photos make the person’s weight loss claims seem so easy and convincing.

These ads for supplements appeal to any of us who want to lose a few (or more) pounds. Besides looking our best, maintaining a healthy weight reduces our risk of a number of diseases, including breast cancer. Still, some…

The Soy Question: Safe to Eat?

By Marisa Weiss, M.D. on May 21st, 2015 Tags: , , ,

Soybeans are the most widely used, least expensive, and least caloric way to get large amounts of protein with very little fat and no cholesterol. Soy is the main source of protein for billions of people around the world.

Some doctors are concerned about the safety of eating soy for women diagnosed with breast cancer. That’s because soy contains a protein, called isoflavone, which can…

Inflammation: Make It More Friend Than Foe

By Marisa Weiss, M.D. on February 18th, 2015 Tags: , , , , ,

There are many health risks — lack of sleep, lack of exercise, and being overweight, to name three. Still, most have one thing in common: They increase inflammation in our bodies. So what is inflammation, exactly? This column will explain the basics about inflammation: how it’s both helpful and harmful, and how to decrease it.

How inflammation can help and harm

Inflammation is not…

Losing Weight and Eating a Low-Fat Diet May Help You Live Longer

By Marisa Weiss, M.D. on February 2nd, 2015 Tags: ,

Especially for Women With Hormone-Receptor-Negative Breast Cancer

For me, getting to and sticking to a healthy weight has been a life-long struggle. I LOVE to eat and I often eat too much or eat foods that aren’t the healthiest. I was reluctant to give up my glass of wine, cheese, and crackers that I thought of as my reward at the end of a 15-hour…

Cooking Oils: Friend or Foe?

By Marisa Weiss, M.D. on November 19th, 2014 Tags: , , ,

All of the cooking oils I use daily come from plants. There are so many types and uses, from olive oil for salads and roasted vegetables, peanut oil for high-heat stir-frying, and toasted sesame oil to add flavor. Plus, I use organic coconut oil as a skin moisturizer.

While oils all have about the same amount of calories (120 per 1-tbsp serving) and fat (14…

Coming to Terms With Sugar Substitutes

By Marisa Weiss, M.D. on October 9th, 2013 Tags: , ,

If you’re trying to eat only healthy things, you already know to avoid sugary drinks like soda, lemonade, sweetened iced tea, and frothy coffee confections. But what does that leave you? Just plain water, seltzer/club soda, tea, and coffee. These options may seem a lot less exciting, especially if you believe you have an incurable sweet tooth.

I’m sure this is why many people end…

Juicing: Is Sipping Greens Just as Good as Chewing Them?

By Marisa Weiss, M.D. on September 25th, 2013 Tags: , , , ,

Juicing is sweeping the nation like cupcakes did a few years ago. Cupcakes may be cuter than juice, but they’re packed with sugar and other less-than-healthy ingredients. Juicing offers a quick and easy way to get your daily servings of vegetables. Green juices may contain kale, celery, Swiss chard, spinach, or parsley, as well as carrots, fruit, and/or fruit juice. So-called “natural Gatorade” mixes cucumber…

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