Dr. Ayala's Blog
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
- V.P. Product Development
- Herbal Water
- I’m a physician (Pediatrics and Medical Genetics), artist, and mother of 3 school age active kids. I recently co-founded Herbal Water Inc. (www.herbalwater.com) with my husband, Albert.
I am a serious home cook, and love to entertain. My expertise is vegetarian food (I have been a vegetarian all my life). I strongly believe that eating healthy and enjoying good food go hand in hand.
My main interests are science, nutrition and art, and I am overall a very curious person that tries to learn something new every day.
Dr. Ayala (Ayala Laufer-Cahana M.D.)
MY RECENT POSTS
- Caffeine, coffee and type 2
November 28, 2012 07:43AM
- 13 lies dieters tell
November 21, 2012 08:56AM
- Day-after-the-elections soup
November 07, 2012 09:44AM
- Pediatricians advise on
October 31, 2012 12:30PM
- A revised food label that
isn’t a dream
October 24, 2012 10:25AM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “@Gary Fandango: I hear
you...and I'm going out for my
October 03, 2012 04:07PM
- “@Gary Fandango
true. Because sugary drinks
cause no satiety giving them
September 27, 2012 09:53AM
- “Thanks, asia”
September 12, 2012 01:51PM
- “@Frank Michels I have a
feeling this is going to be a
June 06, 2012 10:37AM
prevent illness -- true and
On the other
May 30, 2012 12:51PM
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But that doesn’t necessarily mean that exercise will make you shed extra fat.
The makers o… Read full post »
The good news is that under the new guidelines kids will hopefully double their fruit and veggie intake, will be served more whole grains, all milk will… Read full post »
We’d like to think we’re free to make choices about our everyday life.
But studies show that almost half of the actions people take each day aren’t actually a result of decisions – they’re driven by habit alone.
Habits are so strong and so ingrained that they… Read full post »
Sleep’s a mysterious thing. We’re not sure what sleep is and why we need it, but we do know sleep is critical to our health and wellbeing. Lack of sleep has been associated with pretty much all that ails humans, and recently it has been also blamed for rising obesity rates.… Read full post »
It’s that time of year again. Time to put aside the pursuit of better health through science and look at exceptionally ridiculous science and innovation achievements in food and nutrition — proven to improve health through the remedy of good cheer.
A better way to get drunk
Is your… Read full post »
Simple observation suggests overweight and obesity tend to run in families, and indeed the search for genes that affect the tendency to pack on pounds has found a growing list of genes that each contribute to overall risk. The most famous of these genes is the FTO gene on chromosome 16… Read full post »
In his recent New York Times article titled “Is Junk Food Really Cheaper”, Mark Bittman asserts:
“In fact it isn’t cheaper to eat highly processed food: a typical order for a family of four — for example, two Big Macs, a cheeseburger, six chicken McNuggets, two me… Read full post »
This may seem like a silly question, since all food provides calories, and you can potentially eat too much of anything and fatten up.
On the other hand certain foods and lifestyles do seem to be associated with overeating and weight gain.
And since weight loss is ever so difficult and once… Read full post »
Energy and sports drinks are aggressively marketed to kids and teens. Not only is engaging in a sports activity – however casually and briefly – a reason to “rehydrate” with a sports drink, kids are now encouraged to consume sports drinks before, during and after thinking of m… Read full post »
“Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?” Douglas Adams
There’s no doubt in my mind that the western diet – characterized as highly processed, animal product rich, sugary, fatty and salty… Read full post »
The new MyPlate icon of good eating was unveiled last Thursday.
I Like it! It’s definitely a big step in the right direction.
The most compelling features are its visual simplicity and overall message. As Michelle Obama noted in the unveiling ceremony, what can be… Read full post »
Here’s something every food maker knows: Sampling drives trial. Sampling also drives sales. Giving future consumers a taste of the product is perhaps the most honest of marketing tools (let the food speak for itself!) and the most effective way to engage and impress target audience/… Read full post »
Research shows that although there’s a natural attraction to sweetness and saltiness, taste preference has much to do with exposure, especially early exposure. Infants usually accept whatever they’re fed, and that’s why kids around the world reflect the culinary traditions… Read full post »
We want what’s best for our kids, therefore we want them to eat well, but what's the best way to influence our kids’ eating habits?
I believe in the importance of good parental role-modeling regarding food choices; We have to watch what and how we eat not only for our… Read full post »
Exercise burns calories. We’d all love to believe that we can forgo the unpleasant recommendation to eat less if we committed to exercising more – and the biggest fans of the “move more” doctrine are the makers of calorie-dense proces/… Read full post »
Familiar cartoon characters make cereal taste better, confirms a new study in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. I doubt anyone’s surprised by this finding – after all we all know that marketing helps sell more products, and that companies wouldn’t be sp/… Read full post »
Chain restaurants are required to post the calorie content of their offerings on menu boards in a prominent way in some major American cities (including my fair but fat city of Philadelphia). The new health care reform law, signed last year, will enforce such labeling nationally. Many health experts… Read full post »
The census bureau recently published the official count of people living in the US — there are more than 308 million of us. But the bureau does much more than tally people — it also gathers lots of interesting information about Americans and the American economy, and this treasure trove i… Read full post »
I’m very old fashioned when it comes to video, computer and all other electronic games. OK, I’ll admit it: I don’t even fully understand why playing them is fun, or as my kids say, I just don’t get it. My imaginary migraine-inducing chamber-of-torture is a video arcade –… Read full post »
An end of year tradition — now in its second year — I’d like to share some of the studies I failed to mention during this passing year, and pay tribute to some outstandingly ridiculous achievements in food, health and weight-loss.
Beware of the beard bugs
Fall season is cele… Read full post »
Yale University's Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity released a new report today. It’s the most comprehensive study of fast food nutrition and marketing ever conducted, and its conclusions aren’t pretty.
Kids are seeing more fast food ads than ever, across a variety of media includi… Read full post »
Could lunchroom design drive better nutrition? Brian Wansink, Co-Director of the Cornell Center of Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs and author of "Mindless Eating", presented proof that it can, and shared some tried and true, low-cost healthy-eating-promoting ideas for school lunchro… Read full post »
It is the season for black and orange, and I can’t resist this occasion for sharing with you my favorite rice: black rice. Oh, how I love this dark, fragrant whole grain. In this dish I combine black rice with orange butternut squash. Orange is the color that epitomizes
“A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book.” ~Irish Proverb
Eat fewer calories and exercise more – that’s the age old recipe for weight-loss – and the rest is gimmicks. But a new study suggests that we should perhaps add one more element to… Read full post »
The fact that the majority of Americans are overweight isn’t any news. But here’s a worrisome new finding: The extra padding we’ve added as a population has accumulated in the worst location for our health — our belly — and even people with normal weight seem to be getti… Read full post »