Posts Tagged "vegetables"

The silver bullet

Posted by on Nov 16, 2015 | 0 comments

The silver bullet

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...

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Why certify?

Posted by on Dec 14, 2011 | 0 comments

Why certify?

Yesterday I gave a talk at NYU about sustainability certification–organic, fair trade, and others. Some of the questions students had were really solid and thoughtful, which made me think it might be useful to post some responses and thoughts on the subject. Any stamp on a label is put there to tell you, the customer, something about the product. The price tag tells you how much someone wants you to pay. The ingredients list tells you what’s inside. The name “Chianti” tells you that the wine came from a certain part of Italy and contains certain grapes. “Fair...

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Food for all

Posted by on Oct 6, 2011 | 0 comments

Food for all

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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Yogurt: it’s what’s for dinner

Posted by on Aug 15, 2011 | 0 comments

Yogurt: it’s what’s for dinner

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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