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Archive for June, 2007

19 Jun

1500 Pounds

That’s how much corn we eat per capita per year.

19 Jun

Ten Awesome Carbs

Here are ten delicious, natural, smart carbohydrates we enjoy at the Sisson household. For comparison, I’ve included unhealthy but popular items that I think these smarter choices can replace. The flavor and texture components aren’t a perfect match by any stretch, but I think there’s enough similarity that you’ll find it painless to switch to […]

18 Jun

Organic Is the New Natural

Organic is a loaded term that has different meanings for different people. I think most of us assume it means food and food products produced without the use of chemicals, inhumane living conditions when animals are involved, or environmental damage. But as we blogged in a post called Semantic Salmon, defining the label “organic” could […]

18 Jun

…But We’ll Still Sell Them

Kellogg’s plans to modify its unhealthy products aimed at children, such as Pop Tarts and some of their breakfast cereals. In Kellogg’s own estimation, at least half their products are missing important nutritional marks. To address the childhood obesity epidemic, Kellogg’s will be reformulating these unhealthy processed foods…except where consumers do not like the taste […]

18 Jun

I’ll Show THEM!

I’m curious: Is there a survival benefit conferred to us by being stubborn, or is it just immaturity? (Or any one of a litany of emotional and psychological issues.) I’m starting to think there must be a benefit. It’s amusing, this human lust for proving others wrong, this need to be justified. It’s as if […]

15 Jun

Mineral Makeup, Michael Moore and More

WORKER BEES’ WEEKLY BUZZ 8 Glasses of Water a Day? Theory Springs a Leak Thanks to Calorie Lab for mopping up this “urban legend”. (Dartmouth Medical School) Mineral Makeup Is Mostly Made of Marketing We blogged about this earlier this year, and now WebMD has just come out with a thorough analysis of mineral makeup […]

14 Jun

We Make Food That Tastes Like Other Food!

NOT-SO-SMART FUEL Remember when Mark blogged about the wilting of his Salad Love Affair thanks to the miraculous arrival of Flat Earth “healthy” chips? I happened upon this humorous review of one of the Flat Earth products: specifically, their peach and mango chips. The review is short and hilarious, so be sure you check out […]

14 Jun

Grubs, Part 2

Last week I outlined my basic philosophy of nutrition, informed by my evolutionary biology knowledge. Or, as I call it, Primal Health. The lifestyle is simple: peer into the past at how our robust ancestors lived and take some notes from the DNA handbook (well, I’ll do that part). Before the advent of agriculture, before […]

14 Jun

Healthy Tastes Great!

This delectable pairing of salmon and vegetables grilled over an open flame is perfect for those warm summer nights. Go on. Get “Primal” with your diet. Grilled Salmon Grilled Vegetables Smart Fuel Posts Most Popular Posts Technorati Tags: grilled, barbecue, salmon, vegetables

13 Jun

Well, That’s a Relief

Joining the blogosphere has had some humorous consequences. Today, a spammer managed to get past the Google brain and into my gmail. The message: Hello my friend! I am ready to kill myself and eat my dog, if medicine prices here [deleted link] are bad. Look, the site and call me 1-800 if its wrong.. […]

13 Jun

Why Are Potato Chips More Expensive Than Filet Mignon?

Potato chips are one of the most popular American snacks and are our favorite “vegetable”. We spend nearly 3 billion a year on these fried starch crisps. The health issues associated with chip consumption are well-known. What you may not realize is that, pound for pound, potato chips often cost more than the choicest cut […]

13 Jun

Chicken Cutlets Are Not Out to Get You

It’s just your kitchen they’re after. Sara here. Calling all germophobes! Specifically, that sub-species of kitchen clean freaks with a special loathing for dealing with raw chicken. As many of you know, I’m pretty much the world’s worst vegetarian. Better not ask me what I’m eating…this week…because I’m not even sure. But, I will say, […]

12 Jun

McDonald’s Does Not Do Subliminal Advertising

Click on the McDonald’s USA pic above to view the video.  Picture Courtesy of McDonald’s We know this scandal is a few months old, but we still think it is deserving of the infamous Rotten Apple Award. Congratulations McDonald’s! It Was Simply a Glitch Iron Chef America Secretly Lovin’ It More Awards Are you lovin’ […]

12 Jun

Mold: Why, It Tastes Like Chicken! (and other mystery ingredients)

Welcome to 2007, where people eat food products full of interesting chemicals and fascinating representations of flavor. This is your food supply – and mold is just the beginning. 10. Ice Structuring Protein (ISP) Sounds harmless enough, right? ISP is used in many ice creams these days, especially light and low-sugar varieties. Translation: “genetically-modified fish […]

11 Jun

What to Eat at the Gas Station (and Why It Beats the Cheesecake Factory)

Your local 7-11 has more to offer in the way of health than most popular dining establishments. True, quick marts are a landfill of trans sprinkles and grease crisps, but if for no other reason than portion size, you can often fare better in the linoleum aisles of the corner gas station than in the […]

11 Jun

The Devil You Know Is You

One of the most stupid maxims in the history of humanity is “Better the devil you know.” I’m sure you’re familiar with this phrase. I get really tired of hearing it. No axiom is better if you want to fritter your life away. Essentially, the idea is that if you’re stuck in a less-than-ideal situation, […]

8 Jun

What’s Really in That Secret Sauce?

I’m not just talking about Big Macs, for secret sauce isn’t limited to peach mayonnaise. “Secret sauce” is in many popular menu items – often the ones you’d least expect. From oil to cornstarch to corn syrup, it’s not just portion sizes that are to blame for restaurant meals delivering calorie loads heavy enough to […]

8 Jun

Healthy Tastes Great!

Three-Pepper Stir-Fry Here is a super simple and delicious vegetable stir-fry side dish that goes great with spicy chicken or fish. Enjoy!

7 Jun

Those Darn Vegetarians

I am not a vegetarian and I do espouse responsible meat consumption: organic, free-range, and emphasizing fish and poultry. However, I have plenty of family members, friends and staff who are vegheads, and while I’d sooner die than return to Vegan Island, I get where they’re coming from and I respect their choices. I’d love […]

7 Jun

The Cardiac Insider Is Back: Nurses, Put Down Your Cheesesteaks

“Now, you need to exercise at least 5 times a week, cardio wise. You should really try to do weight training as well, to make you stronger. Do you have a gym membership? Do you have any gym equipment at your house? And don’t forget to follow your low fat, low salt, low cholesterol diet. […]

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