What do you know -- and perhaps misunderstand -- about the keto diet? It's a popular approach to weight loss, but some clinicians and registered dietitians say it could have unintended consequences.

We discuss what the keto diet is and how it affects the body. Our guests:

  • Jill Chodak, clinical dietitian with the Center for Community Health & Prevention at the University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Leslie Fisher, registered dietitian with Rochester Regional Health
  • Dr. Steve Cook, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics at Golisano Children's Hospital

The Thanksgiving holiday is over, so what did you eat? Do you regret it?

This hour, we sit down with experts in the nutrition field to discuss how to stay healthy, manage your diet, and engage in mindful eating during the holidays. We also talk about common misconceptions related to weight loss and nutrition. In studio:

Ontario County Department of Public Health

It’s like “delivering nutrition through the back door,” Maggie McHugh said.

McHugh is the senior nutritionist for Eat Smart New York’s Finger Lakes region. Her organization is partnering with Ontario County to encourage food bank donors to make healthier contributions.

“We provide resources and tools for community members to learn more what healthy food items that they can donate to their local food pantries are,” said McHugh.

Low-sodium canned vegetables or canned fruit packed in water instead of heavy syrup are examples of easy healthy donations, McHugh said.

On any given day last spring, nearly one in 10 children in the Rochester suburbs had a negative balance on a school lunch account. Because of that, many were denied lunch. That’s according to a recent Democrat & Chronicle report by Justin Murphy. He explored what’s known as “lunch shaming” in Rochester-area districts. The practice refers to schools across the state withholding food, providing alternate meals, making students “earn” their lunch by doing chores, or giving students wristbands identifying them as truant if they can’t pay for meals. In some schools, staff even throw lunches in the garbage if students pick up food and cannot pay once they reach the register.

We discuss the policies of local districts, and changes that may be coming at the state level. Our guests:

  • Justin Murphy, education reporter at the Democrat & Chronicle
  • Debbi Beauvais, school nutrition director at Gates Chili, East Rochester, and East Irondequoit Central School Districts
  • Casey Kosiorek, superintendent of the Hilton Central School District
  • Mike Bulger, healthy communities coordinator for the Healthi Kids coalition at Common Ground Health'
  • Kiara Warren, parent

One of the forefathers of veganism does not like the term "vegan." T. Colin Campbell is the author of the seminal China Study, and over the decades, he's become a leading voice, challenging "nutritionism." Campbell has written a new manuscript that offers a new way to define nutrition.

Campbell is back in Rochester for a sold out event titled Nutritionism vs. Wholism: The Case for a New Medical Paradigm. We get a preview. Our guests:

  • T. Colin Campbell, professor emeritus of nutritional biochemistry at Cornell University and co-author of The China Study
  • Ted Barnett, head of the Rochester Area Vegan Society

Back by popular demand, this episode of Second Opinion LIVE is "Food: Fact or Fiction."

Our experts answer your questions about food, nutrition, and diet. In studio:

  • Dr. Roger Oskvig, Second Opinion’s chief medical advisor, geriatrician, and professor of clinical medicine at University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Dr. Lou Papa, regular panelist on Second Opinion, professor of clinical medicine, and partner in Olsan Medical Group, Center for Primary Care at the University of Rochester Medical Center

Can we talk about our collective weight for a second? Donald Trump engaged in a now-famous case of "fat shaming" when he publicly mocked Alicia Machado, the 1996 Miss Universe. Machado went from, in her words, a bony 117 pounds to roughly 160 over the year after her win. Trump blasted her for not being able to control her eating, and asked television cameras to film her working out.

Experts say three things: first, Machado was not nearly as big as Trump claimed. Second, fat shaming does not work, and tends to lead people to become more isolated. Third, we need to collectively lose weight, and it's worth talking about constructive ways to do exactly that. So what DOES work? And what can we learn from this sad episode? Our guests:

How Not to Die: the answer is probably to eat more plants, right? Actually, that's at the center of Dr. Michael Greger's new book. He's in Rochester on Monday night, speaking at the Rochester Academy of Medicine.

First, he visits Connections to discuss the dangers of moderation; the evidence for veganism; and his concerns with profit motives in the current health system. Our guests: