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Archive for June, 2008

13 Jun

Cracking The Code

208817962 96622cfc25If you thought those little stickers on produce were merely there to speed the checkout process for the bored cashier at your local grocery store, you’ll be shocked to know that those annoyingly adhesive (more on that in a minute) stickers actually contain a wealth of information about the produce you’re about to purchase.

Known in the industry as a PLU code, or price lookup number, the digits were developed by the Produce Electronic Identification Board, an offshoot of the Produce Marketing Association. Since introducing the PLU codes in supermarkets in 1990, this produce industry trade-group has tagged more than 1,200 produce items with their labels. In fact, this coding system, which was first introduced in the good ol’ US of A is currently used in Austria, New Zealand and several countries in Europe and applies not only to produce, but also to nuts, dried fruit, herbs and flavorings. Not bad, ey?

13 Jun

The Best of Mark’s Daily Apple: May 2008

With all the excitement at MDA the first half of June we almost forgot to publish the Best of May ’08! “How could you forget?!” you say. Well… we couldn’t. Which is why we serve you up the Best of May in all of its belated glory. Thanks to everyone for making May ’08 our best month yet!

Enough Omegas? – May 2

Top 10 Junk Foods in Disguise – May 6

Washboard Abs on a High-Fat Diet, No Ab Workouts and No Cardio – May 7

Metabolic Fingerprinting – May 10

Dear Mark: Cooking Omegas – May 12

Top 10 Fast Foods in Disguise – May 13

12 Jun

Healthy Tastes Great! – No Nightshades in Sight

If the Nightshades post got you interested in trying a couple weeks without them to see if you notice any differences in how you feel here are a few recipes to get you started. Let us know how you like ‘em!

12 Jun

Primal Testimonials

I receive daily emails from Mark’s Daily Apple readers thanking me for the blog and for my advice. Some notes are touching, others just downright inspiring. Many of them are too good to keep to myself, so I’ve created a Primal Testimonial page to share these kind words and amazing transformation photos (with the readers’ permission, of course) with you.

The photos and personal accounts are a testament to how powerful the Primal Blueprint really is.

If you have a story you’d like to share or photos that show how the Primal Blueprint has changed your life please drop me a line. Besides bringing a smile to my day (few things make me happier than seeing my readers better their lives through the Primal Blueprint) you can also take joy knowing that it may be your testimonial that encourages someone to begin leading a healthier life.

The page is a work in progress. I’ll be adding new testimonials in coming months.

12 Jun

Nightshades

780308335 e8c0427301As you (our gracious company of Apples) know, we unequivocally love our vegetables. Powerhouses of nutrients and antioxidant action, they’re the backbone of a good Primal Blueprint diet. But the issue of nightshades has come up a few times recently. Nightshades, those vegetables that find their roots in the Solanaceae family of plants, include a host of reputable veggies and spices: eggplant, potatoes (yes, we know, not so reputable), peppers, tomatoes, tomatillos, pimentos, paprika, cayenne pepper, Tabasco sauce, et al. (Black pepper isn’t included in this list.)

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