Guest Blogger

Ayala Laufer-Cahana MD

Ayala Laufer-Cahana MD

Dr. Ayala is a physician (Pediatrics and Medical Genetics), entrepreneur, artist, and mother of 3 school age active kids.

Dr. Ayala’s main interests are preventive health care and nutrition. She is a serious home cook and strongly believes that eating healthy and enjoying good food go hand in hand.

After years of exploring healthy alternatives to sugary drinks Dr. Ayala founded Herbal Water, a certified organic herb infused beverage, which provided delicious hydration without any calories, sugar, artificial sweeteners, additives or preservatives.

Dr. Ayala is writes extensively on issues related to nutrition, food, weight maintenance and health in her syndicated blog.


Blog Posts by Ayala Laufer-Cahana MD

  • Not a healthy choice: junk foods vs. the school lunch program

    Not a healthy choice: junk foods vs. the school lunch program

    I devoted the previous posts 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 guise of an “improved” lunch program.

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  • The school lunch is fast-food!

    The school lunch is fast-food!

    We looked at a typical school lunch menu in yesterday’s post and at the nutritionist’s analysis of fat, protein, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals in that food.  From the nutrient point of view the school lunch is a high-fat, high-salt low-fiber diet.  The protein and vitamin content aren’t an issue, since so much of the food […]

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  • What’s for (school) lunch?

    What’s for (school) lunch?

    What kind of meal does $1 buy? The government provides $2.68 for the kids qualifying for a free lunch, $2.28 for a reduced price lunch, and $0.25 cents for all other kids.  That sum includes the overhead and facility costs associated with the meal, which leaves just $1—or less—for the food itself. Clearly not enough […]

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  • Are school meals healthy?

    Are school meals healthy?

    Feeding our kids is a fundamental nurturing act we perform daily, and parents do their best to provide their kids a good nutritional foundation for optimal health. But what happens when kids are out of the home? Does the school food environment promote health?

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  • School food: Parents can make a huge difference!

    School food: Parents can make a huge difference!

    Many parents commented on my previous school lunch posts, and told me that they opt to pack a lunch for their kids. It’s sad to say, but for most American kids the only potential source for a healthy nutritious lunch may be the lunchbox from home.

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