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Sweat is Good for the Soul

By Candace H. Chemtob, MS, RD, LD, CSSD “To keep the body in good health is a duty…otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear” —Buddha Exercise is good for the body and the mind. While exercise has the power to prevent or reverse many chronic and sometimes fatal diseases, such […]

There are a number of artificial sweeteners that have been approved by the FDA. Common to all of them is that they are hundreds to thousands of times sweeter than sugar, and they contain little to no calories.

The Sweet Life: All About Artificial Sweeteners

By Candace H. Chemtob, MS, RD, LD, CSSD Saccharin was discovered more than a century ago. In 1878, a chemist at Johns Hopkins University found that a byproduct of coal tar derivatives had a sweet taste, much to his surprise ( Initially, saccharin (named after the Latin word for sugar, saccharum) was marketed as an […]

Gluten Free Diet or Fad

Gluten-Free: Diet or Fad?

By Candace Chemtob With “A-list” movie stars, and nearly one third of Americans decreasing or completely eliminating gluten (Huffington press, 2013), why is “everyone” on this diet? And what is gluten? Gluten is a latin word meaning glue and is found mainly in wheat, barley, and rye. It is a naturally occurring protein that gives […]

Nutrition Myths Part II

Nutrition Myths – Part II: They Will Make You Go Hmmm…

By Candace H. Chemtob, MS, RD, LD, CSSD For an athlete, knowing the difference between “fact and fiction” could have a significant impact on performance, and health. This article will cover some widely held sports nutrition myths. Myth 1: You can rely on thirst to avoid dehydration. Maintaining fluid balance is no small order and involves the brain, hormones, and […]

The vitamin aisle at your local grocery store or pharmacy is loaded with vitamins touting "mega doses." But the reality is that mega doses are unnecessary in general, and can be dangerous. Consult your physician before taking your next trip through the vitamin section at your store.

Nutrition Myths: They Will Make You Go Hmmm…

By Candace H. Chemtob, MS, RD, LD, CSSD Nutrition should be simple. Unfortunately, Americans are bombarded with inaccurate nutrition information from supplement manufacturers to TV personalities. This misinformation creates confusion, and nutrition myths take on lives of their own. Listed below are some commonly held nutrition myths: Myth 1: If some is good, then more […]

Stay Young Play Squash Part 2

Stay Young! Play Squash! – Part 2

By Candace H. Chemtob, MS, RD, LD, CSSD Exercise is the foundation of a healthy lifestyle. Exercising has far reaching health benefits that span across the years. Without regular exercise, achieving your optimal health would be impossible, and this advantage becomes more pronounced as we age. In my last article, the health benefits of being active and playing squash through […]

Stay Young Play Squash

Stay Young! Play Squash!

By Candace H. Chemtob, MS, RD, LD, CSSD Squash players “peak” later than many other high intensity sports. Currently, eight of the top ten male squash professionals are over thirty years old. In comparison, only two of the top ten tennis professionals are over thirty. The average age of other high intensity sports, such as professional basketball and football players, […]

Hydration Nutrition

Proper Hydration—If You’re Thirsty, It’s Too Late

By Candace H. Chemtob, MS, RD, LD, CSSD The proverbial “low hanging fruit” in sports nutrition is proper hydration. Improving your hydration regimen can have a significant impact on your athletic performance. And even better yet, this is an easy fix. The human body is 50-70% water, depending on body composition. Muscle tissue is higher […]

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Protein Drink? Caution

By Candace H. Chemtob, MS, RD, LD, CSSD Claiming a “high protein” content gives nutritional supplements the “general aura of healthiness” (BBC, June 6, 2013). High protein supplements, in the form of drinks, powders, or bars, have long been the darlings of weight-lifters but are now being marketed to athletes, dieters, and even ordinary people […]