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Each week, Dr. Charles Platkin, public health advocate, investigates timely topics in health, nutrition, food, and fitness.  Dr. Platkin's nationally syndicated health column called "Diet Detective," appears in more than 100 daily newspapers and other media outlets.

Spring Health Tips 2014

Spring Health Tips 2014

Finally!!! It's spring. What a winter, especially for those in the northeast US. What follows are several very interesting tips.   read
Diet Detective: News You Should Use: Get TV Out!; Cereal Flakes; Happy Thoughts, Happy Weight; Diet Soda Ding

Diet Detective: News You Should Use: Get TV Out!; Cereal Flakes; Happy Thoughts, Happy Weight; Diet Soda Ding

Get The TV Out of Your Child’s Bedroom!; Size Does Matter When It Comes To Cereal Flakes; Happy Thoughts Lead To Fewer Calories; Diet Drinks Get Another Ding; Even Very Young Kids Need Sleep To Stay Healthy and Eat Less; Beer May Reduce Harmful Substances in Grilled Meat; Seven Servings of Fruits and Vegetables Daily Save You   read
Best Strength-Training Exercise Series: The Squat

Best Strength-Training Exercise Series: The Squat

This is part of a continuing series on the Best Strength-Training Exercises. This is the third in the series ­ the squat. Experts: Fabio Comana, M.A., M.S., Faculty Instructor for the National Academy of Sports Medicine, with assistance from Gregory Florez, exercise physiologist for FitAdvisor.com.   read
Everything Guide to Calcium: Do you REALLY Need Dairy to Get It? Absorption Issues and More

Everything Guide to Calcium: Do you REALLY Need Dairy to Get It? Absorption Issues and More

Calcium is famous for helping to build and maintain strong bones, but it also plays a role in blood clotting, blood pressure and muscle and nerve functioning. Calcium accounts for 1 to 2 percent of adult human body weight.   read
Diet Detective's Nutrition Quiz 2014 — Which Food Has More Nutrients, 3rd Edition

Diet Detective's Nutrition Quiz 2014 — Which Food Has More Nutrients, 3rd Edition

See how good your nutrition knowledge is by trying to figure out which food has the most of each nutrient.   read
Google’s Top 6 Calorie Information Searches and What You Need to Know (Eggs; Bananas; Beer; Oatmeal; Sushi/Sashimi; Wine)

Google’s Top 6 Calorie Information Searches and What You Need to Know (Eggs; Bananas; Beer; Oatmeal; Sushi/Sashimi; Wine)

The following six foods are reported to be those most often searched for calorie information on Google. I thought that I would give you that calorie info, plus a few other interesting tidbits on each of them.   read
Diet Detective’s Calorie Bargains: Free and very worthwhile food books, reports, programs (curricula) and lectures

Diet Detective’s Calorie Bargains: Free and very worthwhile food books, reports, programs (curricula) and lectures

Looking for some fantastic free books (a children's book and recipe book for kids) , fantastic online food and health courses, and even curricula to teach your kids about health. Lot's of great free things out there when you start looking!   read
How Many Calories Does Sex Burn?

How Many Calories Does Sex Burn?

Here are a few popular Valentine’s Day treats and how much sex (or walking) it would take to burn them off (in minutes). You just might be surprised by the amount you would need to do.   read
Diet Detective's 2014 “Big Game” Super Bowl Eating Extravaganza with Exercise Equivalents

Diet Detective's 2014 “Big Game” Super Bowl Eating Extravaganza with Exercise Equivalents

New York City is this year’s Super Bowl capital. Well, actually it’s New Jersey. This is the highest of holy days for sports foodies and second only to Thanksgiving for eating calorie-laden foods.   read
Exercise Trends: Explanations, Benefits and Consequences – Ab Workouts; 7-Minute Workout and Kettlebell Workouts:  Part 2

Exercise Trends: Explanations, Benefits and Consequences – Ab Workouts; 7-Minute Workout and Kettlebell Workouts: Part 2

This is the second part of a two-part series on Google’s most searched exercises. The three I discuss here are “Ab Workouts,” “7-Minute Workout” and “Kettlebell Workouts.” Previously, I explained the “Insanity Workout” and “CrossFit.”   read
Exercise Trends: Explanations, Benefits and Consequences – Insanity Workout and CrossFit:  Part 1

Exercise Trends: Explanations, Benefits and Consequences – Insanity Workout and CrossFit: Part 1

Every year Google releases its most searched terms, and this year they have “exercise” as a category. So in this column and the following one I’m going to explore five workouts: the “Insanity Workout,” “CrossFit,” “Ab Workouts,” “7-Minute Workout” and “Kettlebell Workouts.”   read
Diet Detective’s News and Weird Facts

Diet Detective’s News and Weird Facts

Where to Go in Space So You Can Say You Weigh Less? Hint: Avoid Jupiter. Insects Allowed: Don’t Read This With a Weak Stomach. Worried about Eating Way Too Much Over the Holidays? Here’s a Quick Fix. Work Out and Play Games: Make 30 Minutes of Exercise Feel Like 5.   read
Diet Detective: Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes 2013

Diet Detective: Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes 2013

It's Thanksgiving time. And once again there will be no calorie lecture or list of forbidden foods from me — just a few wonderful, healthy recipes from health-conscious chefs.   read
Kale Nutrition Profile and Recipes: A Healthy Vegetable with Strong Disease-Fighting Properties

Kale Nutrition Profile and Recipes: A Healthy Vegetable with Strong Disease-Fighting Properties

Bitter but healthy vegetable that can be worth the trouble. Read on to find out why every supermodel is eating this veggie.   read
25 Quick Health Tips, Suggestions and Advice

25 Quick Health Tips, Suggestions and Advice

The following tips relate to columns I have written in the past or will write in the future. If you are interested in learning more about any particular topic you can go to my website (www.DietDetective.com), where all the columns are free, or you can go to facebook.com/DietDetective or twitter.com.   read
Diet Detective's Top 7 Halloween Tips

Diet Detective's Top 7 Halloween Tips

It's Halloween time -- here are some of my latest tips to be and stay healthy (as well as have fun and feel good)!!!!   read