Posts Tagged "health"

The silver bullet

Posted by on Nov 16, 2015 | 0 comments

We’ve known for a few decades now that fiber (particularly soluble fiber—the kind you get from fruits and veggies, not from Metamucil) is magic. It’s the easiest way to lower cholesterol without drugs, since it binds to cholesterol from bile acids on the way out of the digestive tract. Eating it makes us less likely to get colon cancer, diabetes, and heart disease (among other things). But every day we learn a little more about it. This article is an interesting summary of one rich area of current study: how fiber affects our microbiome. You may already know that our gut holds 3...

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Got almond milk?

Posted by on Aug 24, 2011 | 0 comments

As a college student in California, I had regular access to delicious, non-homogenized raw milk from Claravale Farm. But raw milk is controversial (check out the pros and cons for yourself), and in many states, it is illegal to sell non-pasteurized milk. My home state of Maryland is one of them. As a believer in real, unadulterated food, it was distressing to face this reality when I returned home to Baltimore. Not only was there no raw milk, but I couldn’t even find cream-top, non-homogenized pasteurized milk, which is legal in all 50 states. Rather than settle for processed milk, I...

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Yogurt: it’s what’s for dinner

Posted by on Aug 15, 2011 | 0 comments

I don’t often write about nutrition, because I’m a big believer that anything tasty and authentic can be part of a healthy and balanced diet. I do get a lot of questions about what people should eat to be healthy or lose weight, though–and I finally have some easy answers to give. A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine looked at the diets of 120,000 Americans over a decade or more. Instead of “eat less and exercise more,” which has been the no-nonsense answer given by nutritionists for years, the study suggests a more complex way of...

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Know thine enemy (and eat it)

Posted by on Jul 22, 2011 | 0 comments

Food and Water Watch has included the following invasive species in their “Smart Seafood Guide” this year. The theory goes, since we’re really good at overfishing food fish to the brink of extinction, why not make food out of the fish we want to get rid of? Asian carp Asian shore crab Asian swamp eel Chinese mitten crab European green crab Lionfish Mozambique and blue tilapia Rusty crawfish Walking catfish A few chefs were already feeding their diners some of these nefarious invaders before FWW caught on to the trend. Miya’s Sushi in New Haven has an entire menu...

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