Don’t eat your heart out: How to avoid overeating on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is nearly here with its candy and romantic dinners. So, how can you make sure that your heart is bursting, but not your belly? Cornell University’s Food and Brand Lab, headed by Brian Wansink, offers some tips and tricks on how to avoid the invisible cues that nudge us into overindulging.   Have […]

Transparency key in decision to label modified ingredients

ITHACA, N.Y. – Take a look at any food label and there’s a good chance all design elements, from the color palette to the smallest detail, were meticulously chosen. Now, amid public debate about whether food companies should list genetically modified (GM) ingredients on their labels, that same deliberative process may be crucial to the […]

Breaking bread with colleagues boosts productivity

Plenty of companies invest big money to provide their employees with upscale workplace eateries or at least catered meals. But are those companies getting a good return on their investment? According to a new Cornell University study, the answer is yes.   Media note: An informational graphic and additional details about this research can be […]

$13.4 million grant will help combat malnutrition in India

ITHACA, N.Y. – A Cornell University project to enhance access to nutritious food in India is set to grow thanks to a $13.4 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Funding to the Tata-Cornell Agriculture and Nutrition Initiative (TCi) will allow the project to scale up its work promoting a more nutrition-sensitive food […]

COP21 side event: Tackling food security and climate change in Sub-Saharan Africa

WHAT:“Climate Change, Agroecology, Nutrition and Food Security: Critical Lessons from Project Interventions in Sub-Saharan Africa” WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 3, 16:00 – 17:30 WHERE: COP 21, Paris-Le Bourget, France – Africa Pavilion, Hall 3, Conference Rooms in Stand 28 MEDIA NOTE: Participants must possess an official United Nations delegate badge with blue zone access to attend events in the Africa Pavilion. […]

Men eat to excess when they need to impress

Media note: A short video explaining the research, as well as an informational graphic and additional details about this research can be found at, http://foodpsychology.cornell.edu/OP/eating_to_impress ITHACA, N.Y. – Men have a reputation of doing just about anything to show off in front of women, no matter how seemingly absurd. That effort to impress apparently extends […]

Cornell study suggests soda, junk food not why we’re fat

Media note: A short video explaining the research, as well as an informational graphic and additional details about this research can be found at, http://foodpsychology.cornell.edu/OP/fast_food_science   ITHACA, N.Y. — Indulgences like sodas and junk foods have long been blamed as the prime culprits responsible for worrying obesity trends across the United States. But a new analysis […]

Dietary guidelines committee member explains value of certain cholesterols

Tom Brenna, a professor of human nutrition at Cornell University who served on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, says the updated health guide sheds light on the benefits of good cholesterol as it relates to dairy, but doesn’t lift all constraints. Bio: http://www.human.cornell.edu/bio.cfm?netid=jtb4   Brenna says: “A very clear consensus led to the recommendation […]

Weighing yourself daily can tip the scale in your favor

ITHACA, N.Y. – For those wishing to lose weight and keep it off, here’s a simple strategy that works: step on a scale each day and track the results. A two-year Cornell study, recently published in the Journal of Obesity, found that frequent self-weighing and tracking results on a chart were effective for both losing […]

Trans fat ban the responsible decision, says nutrition expert

Tom Brenna, professor of human nutrition at Cornell University says the FDA’s decision to ban the use of trans fats is the responsible decision and the three year timeline allows food systems the time to respond in ways that are cost effective and health promoting.   Brenna says:  “Over the past 20 years, evidence has […]