Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Coffee and Fast Food: A Bad Combination?

A small study says that having coffee with a fast food meal "doubles the adverse health impacts of a greasy meal."

More at: http://www.vancouversun.com/health/Fatty+fast+food+coffee+make+damaging+combination/4559338/story.html#ixzz1JLW9UbbN

Our Irrational Food Eating Habits :A Must Read

Very interesting article about our irrational eating habits. A must read.


Why Support Organic Food?

There are many reasons to support organics and taste may be the least important as it is so subjective. There is a list of 21 reasons to eat like a vegetarian on HealthyHighways.com much of which also apply to organics such as farm worker safety, environmental protection and health.

I started writing about organic food 40 years ago for Organic Gardening magazine (whose little known founder J.I. Rodale is responsible for the popularity of organic food) and never thought I would see organics mainstreamed. Progress happens! We must continue to support organics before the corporations coopt and destroy it.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Who is a "Nutrition Expert?"

This is response to an article in Huffpo about reliable "nutrition experts." It pushed a button for me on the subject of who is an authority on this subject.

Many of these may be "food authorities” but they are not nutrition experts. Nutrition is a serious and difficult science and takinga few courses at cooking school does not make you a nutrition expert. I have co-authored eight food related books over the last 40 years (with nutritionist Nikki Goldbeck) but never give nutrition advice. I have too much respect for it and think many people would be healthier and have better control over their weight if they did not follow many so called "nutrition experts."

Thursday, April 7, 2011

More Reasons to Eliminate Meat

Metabolic syndrome is a combination of medical conditions that increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. It is a very common and dangerous medical problem.

The findings of a new study published In Diabetes Care, a publication of the American Diabetes Association, finds that a meat-free diet is the most effective at reducing diabetes and heart disease when compared to other study groups, including “semi-vegetarians and non-vegetarians. The data for this research, which was funded by the National Institutes of Health, came from the Adventist Health Study 2, a long term study of Seventh Day Adventists.

The study focused on key factors that contribute to metabolic syndrome, known to put people at greater risk for chronic diseases in the future. These key factors were blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol, body fat, body mass, and waist size. Vegetarians had healthier stats in all of these factors except for cholesterol levels. However, the report does not indicate whether the vegetarians studied were lacto-vegetarian or not. This could be an important distinction since a vegan diet free of animal fats from dairy can significantly reduce cholesterol in the blood.

The lead researcher in the study, Nico Rizzo of Loma Linda University, reported to Reuters that he did not anticipate the results of the study to indicate such significant differences due to diet in the 700 subjects. The vegetarians in the group tended to be on average three years older than the others, and it since age is such a significant risk factor, it was also quite interesting, said Rizzo, that this older group was actually in better shaped compared to the others.

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