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Archive for January, 2008

14 Jan

Dear Mark: Pondering Protein

Dear Mark, I hear conflicting advice on the percentage of protein in a healthy diet. How much protein should I be getting? The subject of protein intake is, as you’ve noticed, a contentious issue. It’s gotten a lot of attention (and scrutiny) since the Atkins and derivative diet plans became all the rage several years […]

14 Jan

The Almighty Power of the Pill

You can’t watch more than ten minutes of television these days without seeing at least one commercial for some kind of prescription pill that promises relief from any variety of conditions. The ads are cheerful, whimsical, annoying, seductive, and sometimes nauseatingly hokey. But they work. The ads, that is. And they should, given the price […]

14 Jan

5 Meats to Avoid

While we’re all about vegetables here at MDA, we have a special place in our stomachs for clean, lean meat. Yes, it’s the ultimate primal picture-caveperson (O.K.-caveman, but can we get points for trying?) returning from the hunt with dinner for the family. Fun illustration aside, it’s more than the image. Meat, of the MDA-approved […]

11 Jan

Friday Food for Thought: Sounding The Alarm On Children and Food Allergies

We like to keep informed on all the latest health and fitness updates, and that includes not just the “hard news” out there – research studies, government policy reports, industry (i.e. Big Pharma, Big Agra, etc.) “developments.” It also means following (and often reveling in) other contrary voices out there who are doing the good […]

11 Jan

Friday Link Love

Life in the Health Lane covered The Good and The Bad about Beer. Interactive Health offered up a delicious Warm Roasted Vegetable Salad. The Flying Trapeze reflects on how the word diet is going the way of the dodo. FitSugar wonders if it is unhealthy to be sore every day? SugarShock helps you make your […]

11 Jan

Dining-out Danger?

We’re all familiar with the old saying “you are what you eat,” but a new study suggests it may be more of a case of you are where you eat. According to research in February’s American Journal of Preventive Medicine, the mix of restaurants in an area is an important indicator of body mass index […]

10 Jan

Healthy Tastes Great!

Here are three healthy and hearty parsnip recipes that will surely warm you up on those cold winter nights!

10 Jan

Livin’ La Vida Long Time

Looking for a way to stave off a visit from the Grim Reaper? Follow four simple rules and you could earn yourself an extra 14 years as a mere mortal. In a study of 20,000 British adults, researchers from the University of Cambridge and the Medical Research Council determined that people who exercise regularly, eat […]

10 Jan

Smart Fuel: Parsnips

With a long narrow, knobby body and a tuft of green leaves, the parsnip could easily be confused for an anemic version of the carrot. The missing link, if you will, is beta-carotene, the compound responsible for giving carrots their golden hue. But rest assured, parsnips have plenty of nutritional power. For example, the parsnip […]

9 Jan

Spar of the Day: Taking on MSG

Now and then, we at MDA like to branch out from our usual shrinking violet positions and journey into the precarious territory of current controversy. Today we venture into the debate over a disputed additive/ingredient: MSG—flavor friend or fodder foe? Let’s break it down.

9 Jan

Color Me Healthy: 8 Easy Ways to Add More Color to Your Diet

If the fable is right and you are what you eat, then is it really any wonder that a plate filled with bland, sludgy stew will make you feel…uhhh…bland and sludgy yourself? Instead, liven up your diet with vibrantly-hued foods, which generally tout more nutrients per pound than their paler counterparts. For example, iceberg lettuce […]

8 Jan

Tips for Sprint Training

Though I don’t believe that the road to health is paved with incessant high endurance exercise, it doesn’t mean that I “can” cardio entirely either. Just as humans didn’t evolve to eat frosted wheat squares for breakfast, I don’t think three hours on the treadmill (or the hill over yonder) would’ve made much sense to […]

8 Jan

Dieting Downfall: Fewer Americans Dieting, Study Finds

Feel like you’re the only one on a diet these days? Turns out you might actually be right. In a survey of 26,000 American adults conducted by the Port Washington, NY-based market research firm NPD Group Inc, it was found that only 29% of women and 19% of men are on a diet, compared to […]

8 Jan

Vegging Out in a Winter Wonderland: Top 10 Vegetables for the Winter Season

Mashed potatoes and steak, mashed potatoes and chicken, mashed potatoes and meat loaf. And we wonder why people pack on the pounds once winter hits. Break out of your vegetable rut with these popular winter wonders:

7 Jan

Dear Mark: Pregnancy Diet Tips for Inquiring Minds

It’s been a good long while since I opened up the proverbial mail bag. Maybe it’s resolutions for the New Year or the extra time off everyone’s had the last week or so, but my inbox has been working overtime with your questions and comments. They’ve run the gamut—questions about everything from herbal supplements to […]

7 Jan

Labor Laws: Exercise Tips for Pregnant Women

When it comes to pregnancy, Heidi Klum is the anti-Christ. Not only has she delivered three children in as many years, but her body has rebounded—to Victoria’s Secret’s expectations no less—each and every time. Her secret? A comprehensive fitness routine during pregnancy (and freaky German supermodel genes.) But even if you don’t plan on strutting […]

4 Jan

Work Out Wearing You Out?

Lack of sleep, stress, not washing your hands, going out the door with damp hair (according to my Mum at least). The common thread? Things that can make you sick. Now add working out to that list. Yep, according to researchers at Australia’s Griffith University, elite athletes may be more susceptible to harmful pathogens than […]

4 Jan

Measuring Up: How to Calculate the Quality and Quantity of Antioxidant-Rich Foods

Alright students, you’ve made it through biology 101, mastered the life and times of antioxidants and free radicals (and perhaps learned a little about the latest hip hop rivalry), but now its time to talk math, or specifically, how to measure the value of antioxidant-rich foods. One method of measuring antioxidant capacity is the Oxygen […]

4 Jan

Antioxidants: Fighting the Good Fight

While the body’s internal battle between antioxidants and free radicals certainly gets less press coverage than the Kanye vs 50 Cent feud, the war is vital for healthy living (although admittedly, it’s not yet clear how it influences the sale of Cristal!) In the red corner are free radicals, or molecules with unpaired electrons. Like […]

3 Jan

Breaking News In the Fight Between Raw Foodies and Grandmas Everywhere!

Raw food has gotten a lot of press lately because a number of studies have suggested cooking depletes vegetables’ key nutrients. As those of you who frequent the MDA community know, we’ve tried to stay out of the fray. In short, we support vegetables—in a pot or not. Now it’s time for an update—and a […]

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