Kris Sollid's blog

Your Guide to the Updated Nutrition Facts Label

Since coming to the White House seven-plus years ago, Michelle Obama, the First Lady of the United States (FLOTUS), has been a champion for food and fitness. Today at the Partnership for a Healthier America meeting, FLOTUS announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has a change in store for our food labels—one that will be appearing in stores soon.

Why the Study Linking High Infant BMI and Low Calorie Sweeteners is Misleading

Another day, another study on low-calorie sweeteners. This latest study looked at associations between women who reported drinking beverages containing low-calorie sweeteners while pregnant and the body mass index of their eventual child. With pregnancy being such an important stage of life, this publication was sure to grab media headlines. And it did.

Fast Take: Sucralose & Health

Every so often, we read a new study that challenges what decades of research have demonstrated. While it makes for great headlines, we’re often left wondering: is it credible?

The latest challenge comes on the safety of low-calorie sweeteners, one of the most studied ingredients in food and drinks. Global independent, industry, and government authorities have conducted and reviewed tremendous amounts of research. They’ve reached the same conclusion: every low-calorie sweetener used in our food is safe for consumption.

New Dietary Guidelines: What Changed & What Stayed the Same

dietary-guidelines-infographicLet me take you back to 1980. Pac-Man was king, the Post-It was brand new, and Blondie topped the charts. It was also the debut of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA).

Criticism of Added Sugars Labeling Consumer Research Is Off-Base

In recent days, some critics have attempted to refute concerns about the proposed addition of an “Added Sugars” line to the Nutrition Facts Label (NFL) on food packages. Some have gone as far as to say that they “don’t see any legitimacy” in those concerns and that “the evidence firmly backs” the underlying proposals.

Can Bias and Balance Coexist? [INFOGRAPHIC]

I love going to conferences. There's so much to learn and so many experts to learn from. Recently, I learned that that not everyone understands that not all research is created equal.

Take low-calorie sweeteners for example—much has been made of their role in health recently. Conflicting research findings have given media much to discuss and therefore given consumers much to consider. But is the evidence on low-calorie sweeteners really conflicting? Let’s take a look.

3 Things You Need to Know about the Latest Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Claims

The latest headlines could definitely make us panic about having the occasional soda. Because we recently dove into both junk science sins and how studies can get distorted in press releases, we knew we had to dig into the original research.

Friendly Fats: Are Americans wising up?

The 2015 Food & Health Survey is hot off the presses and has yielded some surprising results on dietary fats.

3 in 10 Americans have recently changed their opinion about the healthfulness of saturated fat (31%).fat-types

Cinco Reasons to Love Mexican Food for Cinco de Mayo

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

5/5/15: the fifth day of the fifth month of 2015. What a symmetrical date! No, this is not a math-focused piece, but I will give you five reasons to add more Mexican flare to your meals this year.

Today, I celebrate the rich food culture of our southern neighbor. Many of my favorite foods are found in Mexican cuisine. In fact, I'm not sure I could function without a daily dose of them. It could be my California roots, but I think the foods are just that good. I'm always on the lookout for ways to blend Mexican and American foods into one.

What Paying Taxes has to do with Your Diet

Happy Tax Day everyone!


I hope you all enjoyed the perils of receipt sorting and reporting our 2014 home economics. This annual exercise has me thinking about economics too, but maybe not about the type of economics you’d expect. I’m thinking about behavioral economics- the reasoning we use to make numerous decisions every day.