Posts Tagged "nutrition"

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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Sugar cravings

Posted by on Feb 4, 2012 | 0 comments

On Thursday, the journal Nature published a brief comment about sugar by three faculty from UC San Francisco, who argue that sugar should be regulated by governments worldwide and severely limited in the foods we eat. They’re not crazy. There’s increasing evidence linking sugar consumption to diseases that we always thought were related to fat consumption–diabetes, hypertension, lipid problems, cardiovascular disease, and fatty liver disease, all components of what we now call “metabolic syndrome.” We’ve recently begun to understand that sugar may be even...

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Food for all

Posted by on Oct 6, 2011 | 0 comments

I took the $5 challenge. I didn’t do it on purpose, and I didn’t tell my guests that I’d done it. It just happened while I wasn’t paying attention–and it made me realize that it needs to happen more often. Slow Food USA launched this campaign as a way to show folks how easy it is to feed others a nutritious meal, based on real foods, at around the cost of a fast-food “value” meal. A lot of folks said it couldn’t be done–but this year on September 17th, 30,000 people learned otherwise. And that doesn’t even count the five folks who...

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Milk 101

Posted by on Sep 2, 2011 | 0 comments

Am I the only one, or does anyone else find the task of choosing your milk from the infinite number of products out there these days–all boasting different qualities and health benefits–to be a daunting task? Sometimes I would catch myself standing in front of the dairy case motionless, for minutes at a time, contemplating whether or not it is more environmentally correct to buy the organic milk from California or the local generic milk, whether is healthier to buy the skim or the whole milk. Do I want my milk fortified with vitamins and fiber? What product is actually the most...

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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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