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Archive for April, 2008

16 Apr

We Like Drugs – Fair and Balanced

Were those gasps we just heard? Maybe a few people falling out of their chairs? (Sorry about that, by the way.) No, the sky hasn’t fallen, and (as far as we know) hell hasn’t frozen over. As many of you know, we offer the occasional critique of Big Pharma – its business model, advertising practices, […]

15 Apr

10 True Old Wives’ Tales: Take 2

Turns out, we have a lot of wannabe detectives in our midst! Our last post on which old wives’ tales were in fact true got such a great response we figured we’d give you 10 more to add to your repertoire!

15 Apr

The Benefits of Short Breaks

It’s a long afternoon in the office, and your focus is waning. After staring out the window for a few half-conscious minutes, you tell yourself, “Maybe I’ll just get up and take a lap. I’ll get some water or see what my buddy is doing down the hall.” It turns out your break is more […]

14 Apr

Dear Mark: Beans/Legumes

Dear Mark, I’m a former vegetarian who still enjoys cooking with all kinds of beans. I don’t see them in any of the MDA recipes. What’s your take on them? Legumes (beans, lentils, chickpeas, split peas, etc.) aren’t, by any means, the worst thing you can eat, but they don’t make the ideal meal either. […]

13 Apr

Urban Gardening

Those of us who live in larger cities value the diverse culture, the big-time arts and sports, the good job market, the easy travel access, and the many other lifestyle options city living provides. Among those aspects you don’t hear as often: the gardening. The fact is, you don’t have to live in Green Acres […]

12 Apr

Smoking Gun

We know, we know, there’s very little chance that you, dear reader, are struggling with smoking, but here at Mark’s Daily Apple we’re suckers for a good science experiment (especially ones with high volumes of grammatical and spelling errors!)

11 Apr

Antioxidants and the Stress of Eating

Sorry, we’re not talking about how to politely show your Aunt Mildred how much you appreciate her tomato jello mold. Research from the Agricultural Research Service suggests that eating antioxidant rich foods such as berries with each meal can neutralize the free radicals inevitably created by the oxidative stress of regular digestion. As if you […]

10 Apr

You vs. The Mob

We’ve all been there at one time or another. Sworn to ourselves that we’ll follow all the rules – survey the room before making our food selection, fill up on vegetables first, select only those foods that you generally enjoy, don’t mix sweet and salty, have a glass of water for every glass of wine […]

10 Apr

Smart Fuel: Eggplant

Ever had the debate about whether a tomato is a fruit or a vegetable? Well, perhaps next time you could back up your argument for tomatoes being a fruit by noting that the eggplant, which is widely perceived to be a vegetable, is actually a fruit, and a berry at that! Counting tomato, sweet peppers […]

9 Apr

On the Question of Sweeteners

An inevitable question surfaced this past week regarding the use of artificial sweeteners. When you adopt a low carb, no or next-to-no sugar diet, it’s almost assured that you’ll come up against the question at some point. There are as many perspectives on this issue as there are foods containing these products. And, these days, […]

8 Apr

DIY – Butter, Yogurt, Kefir, Oh My!

While its certainly sometimes easier to stop by the grocery store when you’re out of key household ingredients, it is often healthier – and sometimes even less time-consuming – to make your own at home.

8 Apr

10 Outrageous Diet Scams

Here at Mark’s Daily Apple we know that the key to reaching and maintaining a healthy weight is a healthy lifestyle that includes a nutritious diet and plenty of physical activity. Tough? Sure. Effective? Absolutely. But what if someone told you that you could ditch the exercise and the healthy eating and still fit in […]

7 Apr

Dear Mark: Gluten

Dear Mark, You talk a lot about the evils of grains. I follow your logic on why a grain free diet is best, and I have seen weight loss and just feel better overall since heeding your advice. But there is one thing (well, more than one) that I don’t understand but hear about often. […]

6 Apr

When It Comes to Sleep, Average is Best

Sleeping too little – or too much – can increase your risk for future weight gain, according to a study published in the April 1 issue of the journal Sleep. For the study, researchers from the Laval University in Quebec, Canada evaluated the sleep habits and body composition of 276 adults between the ages of […]

5 Apr

Resveratrol Does It Again

Seriously, how can we not love this stuff? The potent little antioxidant has been hailed for years as anti-inflammatory, anti-atherogenic and even anti-cancer. And, as for the cancer part, the news just keeps getting better. Research out of the University of Rochester Medical Center shows that resveratrol is doubly effective in treating the exceptionally problematic […]

4 Apr

Eat This Today, Feel Better Tomorrow: Dessert Edition!

Don’t worry: we haven’t gone soft. But we do realize that life (or a loved one) calls for a bit of indulgence once in a while. With all of the delectable options out there, why settle for the typical processed and/or sugar-laden desserts? Think fresh fruit paired with artisan block and mascarpone cheeses, toasted nuts […]

3 Apr

How to Eat Enough Protein

Mark tries to eat about 1 gram of protein per pound of body mass each day and suggests many others do the same to maintain lean body mass. But what does 100-150 grams of protein look like in terms of actual food? Do you know how much protein is in a single chicken breast? How […]

3 Apr

Smart Fuel: Hot Peppers

Looking to add a little spice to your life? Then look no further than hot peppers! A favorite food of Hillary Clinton as she moves along the campaign trail (if an article in the New York Times is to be believed!) hot peppers are easy to find, relatively cheap, and can be teamed with just […]

2 Apr

15-Minute Workout

Maybe it’s a business trip, or a busy day that has managed to crowd into your traditional workout time. Let’s face it: there are dozens of everyday life circumstances that often get in the way of the perfect workout routine. But what can we do to keep these occasional challenges from becoming excuses to forgo […]

1 Apr

10 Ways to “Eat Green”

With the increasing cost of oil – and, as a result, the increasing cost of just about everything else – these days it is both environmentally and economically friendly to “eat green.” Read on to discover how you can reduce your carbon footprint without compromising on food quality or choice…

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