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Archive for May, 2008

4 May

How to Shop a Farmers’ Market

They’re good for the environment, they help pad farmers’ pockets, they increase fresh produce consumption and strengthen community bonds. Seriously, is there nothing a farmers’ market can’t do?

To follow up on all our recent chatter about the benefits of farmers’ markets, we found this helpful video about what you can expect from your local farmers’ market, the benefits of keeping it local and how to get the most out of your retail experience.

3 May

Hormones and Heart Disease

endocrineglandsWe aren’t talking estrogen here, but this latest news does concern the ladies of the community.

In the recent “Hunt Study” conducted by researchers at the Norwegian University of Science, women with thyroid function in the less active part of the “normal” clinical reference range showed an increased risk for fatal coronary heart disease relative to those with numbers in the more active part of the clinical range.

The findings were based on a follow-up with 17,311 women and 8,002 men who had shown no signs of heart disease, diabetes or thyroid disorder at the beginning of the study in the mid-1990s. All participants were 40 years or older when initial tests were done to measure levels of thyrotropin, a hormone released by the pituitary gland that is known to stimulate the thyroid. During the follow-up examinations that were completed in 2004, researchers found that 192 women and 164 men had died of heart disease. Of these subjects, none had shown signs of thyroid malfunction. However, women whose readings showed the relative lowest (but still clinically normal) thyroid gland activity were “69 percent more likely to die from heart disease than women with more active glands.”

2 May

Enough Omegas?

fish 1After much discussion some weeks ago about the importance of omegas, we thought it was time to get down and detailed. How exactly can you get enough omega-3s in your diet? We have some answers. As we mentioned earlier, the balance of omega-6 and omega-3 should partly determine your omega-3 needs, but we recommend 1-3 grams of omega-3 a day.

A big part of the nutritional breakdown relates to the type of omega-3. We’ll look at the three prominent members of the omega-3 group: EPA, DHA, ALA. Many of the food sources we’ve included are what we’d consider good or best sources, but we threw some commonly eaten but less beneficial sources in for comparison sake. The amounts are listed in grams per 100 grams (about 3.5 oz.) of food serving. You can find the full list of omega-3 content on the National Library of Medicine site.

2 May

Friday Link Love

weekend link loveLaurel on Health Food relates the importance of vitamin B-12 and folate to brain health.

Eye on FDA posts a video on the most recent heparin hearing.

Boing Boing introduces us to Anatomical Theatre.

Diet Blog reflects on the eating preferences of men and women.

Livin’ La Vida Low Carb interviews Drs. Michael and Mary Dan Eades of Protein Power.

DietHack gives us five reasons to love garlic.

Sharp Brains keeps us updated on the latest in brain fitness.

1 May

The Best of Mark’s Daily Apple: April 2008

Dedicated readers of MDA had a very busy April. They got Primal by tearing into some protein (but not legumes or gluten). They practiced the art of compromise and had a few drinks (and dessert!) They made their own butter, spiced up their meals with wasabi and ginger, considered what to do with artificial sweeteners, planted their own backyard vegetable gardens, joined local CSAs and still had time for a few 15 minute workouts! Goodness. Let’s just hope that May can as productive and fruitful. Thanks to everyone for stopping by!

15 Minute Workout – Apr. 2

How to Eat Enough Protein – Apr. 3

Eat This Today, Feel Better Tomorrow: Dessert Edition! – Apr. 4

Dear Mark: Gluten – Apr. 7

DIY – Butter, Yogurt, Kefir, Oh My! – Apr. 8

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