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Archive for August, 2007

31 Aug

Holiday Weekend Health ‘n Safety Guide

Your Bees are about to bounce, and Sisson’s already getting some sun (no sun screen, of course). But we wouldn’t leave without sharing the best tips for enjoying a healthy holiday weekend. Check it out, then get out – and that’s an order! FitSugar shares some safe grilling techniques, plus a carb-smart burger recipe. The […]

31 Aug

A Food Revolution Manifesto

I am excited to introduce you to one of Mark’s Daily Apple’s favorite authors. His name is Sandor Katz (you can call him Sandorkraut), and he is a self-proclaimed fermentation fetishist, herbalist and food activist. In just two books he has inspired us to try our hand at creating our very own savory seed sauerkraut, […]

30 Aug

The Best Way to Get Diabetes: Follow the Diabetes Dietary Guidelines

I recently came across this outrage from the most authoritative diabetes organization in the country:

30 Aug

Healthy Tastes Great!

Homemade Cashew Butter It is simpler than you may think! The Fat Cashew Butter Facts Subscribe to Mark’s Daily Apple feeds

30 Aug

Add More Fat to Your Diet in 1 Easy Step

Sara here. As many of you know, I eat a lot of fat on a daily basis, and one way I accomplish this scandalous health goal of mine is to add nut butters to my meals. Reader Donna got me hooked on cashew butter atop fried eggs (I fry them in butter or – ready […]

29 Aug

Can Roller Coasters Give You a Heart Attack? (and other health myths)

Yo! Sara here. We’re going to take out these overblown urban legends of health faster than a cheese plate. Hang on! 1. Do roller coasters get your heart pumping hard enough for a heart attack? Yes, but… In a recent study, researchers found that it’s entirely possible for a roller coaster to get your heart […]

29 Aug

Mashups for Health

Just about everyone who is internet-savvy is familiar with Google Maps. What you may not know is that the Google Maps code is open source; meaning anyone can use the code to create new online applications. Some of these “mashups” are relevant to health and fitness. My favorite is a simple tool that combines the […]

29 Aug

How to Avoid Jet Lag

Unnatural Acts: a Primal Approach to Jet Lag One of the coolest things about being a 21st century “evolved” human is that we can travel to just about anywhere on this planet within a very short period of time and experience different cultures. All but our most recent relatives lived their entire lives never straying […]

28 Aug

Training in Child Abuse

It’s so wrong, I don’t even know where to start… Sara caught this outrageous story via the Fevered Mutterings blog: possibly the most overzealous case of parent coaching I’ve heard of (and I’ve seen plenty). The guy “encouraged” his eight-year-old daughter to run over 2,200 miles in two months. To do it, the BBC reports […]

28 Aug

The Best Low-Carb Fruits (and the Worst)

This one’s not just for all you low-carbers! Here’s a quick guide to the best and worst fruits according to their sugar content and nutritional value. If you enjoy sweets and find yourself relying (or perhaps suffering) on Splenda and mockalate far too often, enjoy a sensible selection of fruit instead.

27 Aug

Fried Lattes…Finally!

Remember one Able Gonzalez of last year’s fried coke fame? (You do.) The deep-fried bad boy is back, along with all the usual suspects at this year’s Texas Food Contest. The TFC is the biggest fried food competition in the country, of course. Last year’s body bombs included such mega-hits as fried coke and fried […]

27 Aug

300 Pound Triathletes? Obesity Gets an Overhaul.

The latest battle in the fat wars: obese triathletes. A burgeoning movement these days, casually known as “fat but fit”, promotes the acceptance of obesity in sport. Just as we’ve known for years that overweight individuals can have low LDL cholesterol and blood pressure, the thinking goes that obese folks can be fit and healthy […]

24 Aug

Fun Facts About Boring Fruits

Lunchbox staples like bananas are more interesting – and nutritious – than you might think. Even the apples have a special side. Wow your friends tonight with these scintillating factoids, friends: Nugget 1: Apples An apple a day keeps the doctor away. You’ve all heard it before, but here’s an interesting…slice…of knowledge that gives it […]

24 Aug

In Search of a Good Friday Stretch

Hi gang! Here are a few cool facts about yoga and why simple stretching techniques are healthy for adults and the seedlings alike. 1. Lung Relief Many of us never stretch our sides. Doing this is excellent for the lungs (and you don’t even have to say ommmmm). Stretching your sides also reduces stored tension […]

23 Aug

Healthy Tastes Great!

Broccolini with Duck Egg Subscribe to Mark’s Daily Apple feeds

23 Aug

The Other Egg

Reader Stephan emailed me earlier about some very smart fuel you might want to consider: duck eggs. Apparently duck eggs are incredibly rich in nutrition – 100% of your daily B12 (well, by government standards anyway). And apparently those who are allergic to chicken eggs can frequently still do well with duck eggs. Never tried […]

23 Aug

Early Humans Chewed Gum

Another amusing “primal” tidbit, everyone: early humans chewed gum. Archaeologists have found a 5,000-year-old piece of preserved tree gum with clearly imprinted neolithic teeth marks. The gum is birch bark tar, which exerts an antiseptic effect on tissues. It’s likely that early humans chewed the phenolic tar to stave off gum infections. Move over, Trident.

23 Aug

Scented Bus Stops

Advertisers have been getting smart by appealing to consumers’ multiple senses. To wit: scented bus stops. Bakeries like Mrs. Field’s have long maximized appeal by wafting sugary scents through the air, and now bus stops are following suit. For example, California’s Milk Processor Board ran a one-month campaign earlier this year that floated chocolate chip […]

22 Aug

Spin the Bottle (How Coke Is Remarketing Itself)

Diet Coke used to work hard to prove that it was more than just water and chemicals – consumers wanted to feel that they were getting something for their hard-earned dollars. To that end, marketing played up the great taste and refreshing benefits of Diet Coke. Fast forward a couple of years, when water – […]

22 Aug

Move Over, McGriddle

For once, I’m speechless. Further Reading: More Cowbell! Jabba the Hut Returns? Lobbyists, Fried Subscribe to Mark’s Daily Apple feeds

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