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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This week I’d like to reflect on one of my recent food
related reads—David Kessler’s excellent “The
End of Overeating.”
No, it doesn’t offer five easy ways to achieve a perfect beach body this summer, nor does it have a new magic trick to overco… Read full post »
In the previous post I reflected on the rapid expansion of the gluten-free market share and the rising popularity of the gluten-free diet, and said I'm glad to see the growing awareness of celiac disease, and also happy that keeping a gluten-free diet is becoming easier.
But is there a
Have you noticed the gluten-free food explosion? I have the privilege of attending many food shows, and I’m stunned by the proliferation of grain based foods—prepared meals, cookies, snacks bread and crackers—developed for the benefit of those on a gluten-free diet and with “
A press release caught my eye this week. It stated that the French excel at two leisure activities: They spend more time at the table and in bed than any other country surveyed.
The news came from OECD (Orginasation for Economic Co-operation and Development), reputed to be the world's
“Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.”
This quote is attributed to Albert Einstein, who—according to his writings—supported a vegetarian diet, but didn’t strictly adhere to i
The latest on sugary drinks, heart health and weight loss
There’s little question that sugary drinks are not just randomly associated with obesity, but actually contribute to it in a big way. Dozens of studies continue to prove this point, and the only so-called “research” that tri
I’ve heard this factoid many times: Sumo wrestlers’ diet regimen includes skipping breakfast, in order to gain more weight and achieve morbid obesity.
Is it true? Does skipping breakfast really make you
Apparently up to a third of teenagers skip breakfast regularly. Whether they do i… Read full post »
This is a photo of my Magnolia tree. It has reached the point of no return -- the blossoms are ready to open into the most spectacular floral display, and I’m constantly checking the weather forecast, worried about the possibility of late spring frost.
It’s an old tree, proba… Read full post »
Foodies and gardeners were ecstatic to hear that Michelle Obama started an organic edible garden on the south lawn of the White House last week. Maria Shriver, California’s first lady, also announced that she plans to establish an edible garden at Capitol Park in Sacramento.… Read full post »
The influence of snacking on the development and maintenance of obesity is likely.
‘Snack’ doesn't have a unique definition though.
One definition centers on when and how the food is eaten, i.e., if it’s eaten in between meals, it’s a snack, or if it’s eaten quickly, i… Read full post »
I support the organic movement and started buying organic food as soon as organic alternatives were available to me. I will gladly pay more for an organically produced food item.
For the sake of full disclosure--I’m involved with an organic product that recently earned the organic seal. The lo… Read full post »
In his book “Ending the Food Fight” Dr. David Ludwig writes:
“Consider this: no species of mammal in nature allows its young to eat whatever they want. What would happen if a bear mother didn’t teach its cub what and how to eat? The… Read full post »
Food goes through a chemical transformation when subjected to heat. New flavors arise, some of the fresh flavors disappear and the color and texture change.
A common belief is that when cooked, vegetables, fruit and herbs lose their nutritional value.
The answer to this question will surprise you, bu… Read full post »
Many experts see sugary drinks as a major contributor to overweight and obesity. Large, well-preformed studies such as Harvard’s Nurses' Health Study, which followed more than 50,000 women, have shown a correlation between consumption of sugary drinks and expanding waistlines.
Is this just… Read full post »
Last year, the Philadelphia City Council passed a measure requiring chain restaurants with more than 15 outlets to disclose calories on menu boards beginning on Jan. 1, 2010. My home town, Philadelphia—famous for the Philly cheese steak, all 900 calories of it—now joins New York City, se… Read full post »
This is the last time I’ll be writing about the school lunch program for a while, I promise. I know it’s not the most cheerful of subjects, but it’s an important topic and, as you’ll see, a timely one: the School Lunch Program is up for renewal, and that’s why now’… Read full post »
With seemingly everyone drinking tap, filtered, sparkling, domestic, imported or bottled water, it may be surprising that consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages continues to rise.
I devoted a recent post to the school lunch program, a federally sponsored and regulated program, which complies with some (if not altogether satisfactory) nutrition standards for nutrient content and portion size. I was grousing about the sorry state of the food our young ones are served under the… Read full post »
Making pita bread at home is really easy and fun. It’s really a beginner baker’s project, and a wonderful first bread recipe to make with kids. The entire process of making pitas takes only about two hours (most of it rising time) and pita bread bakes in minutes.… Read full post »