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Archive for the ‘ Carbs ’ Category

21 Apr

Dear Mark: Alcohol

Dear Mark, I keep hearing news stories about how alcohol is good for you, but I wonder how that figures in with the Primal Blueprint. What’s your take? Can I have that beer when I come home from a long hard day at work and not feel guilty? It’s true that we tend to hear […]

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. […]

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, […]

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. […]

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 […]

6 Mar

Reader Response: Fast Food Indulgence, Dirty Marketing Tricks and Personal Responsibility

In response to last month’s post about Carl Jr.’s fat fetish, conversation got going about occasional fast food indulgence (the temptations, the how-to’s, etc.) as well as whether we were placing too much blame on corporate marketing and not enough on individual immoderation. Reader Rachel offered this perspective: I gotta say I don’t see anything […]

26 Feb

Study Suggests Carbohydrate-Rich Diet, Obesity Linked to Esophageal Cancer Risk

A study slated for release in an upcoming edition of The American Journal of Gastroenterology suggests that rising esophageal cancer (adenocarcinoma) rates in the U.S. may be due to recent dietary trends that emphasize heavy carbohydrate consumption. Although the cause of esophageal cancer has yet to be determined, previous studies have suggested that obesity is […]

21 Feb

Reader Response: Simple vs. Complex Carbs

Last week Bill suggested that, although “there are plenty of reasons to cut out highly-refined foods,” there wasn’t a clear case that a “diet high in complex carbs from whole grains and vegetables is unhealthy.” We thought the comment was a pertinent one. In the coming weeks, we’ll offer some definitive guide material that goes […]

20 Feb

Homemade Condiment Creations

Tomatoes – yep. Vinegar – seems fine. Sugar – wait, what? Even ketchup isn’t safe from the wrath of sugar. Think you have to ditch the bottle – the condiment bottle that is – in order to avoid these hidden sugars? Not a chance, especially if you have the baseline kitchen skills necessary to whip […]

14 Feb

Smart Fuel: Beets

Haven’t been eating your beets? Don’t beat yourself up (see what we did there), because technically they’re out of season right now. But with spring fast approaching, perhaps it’s time to dig deeper and examine what these little purple monsters have to offer! Hailing from South Africa, the beet – which is a relative of […]

13 Feb

Study Finds Low-Carb, High-Protein, High-Fat Diet Associated with Lowered Diabetes Risk

Chalk yet another one up for low-carb, high protein diets: A study in the current issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition finds that a vegetable-based, low-carbohydrate diet can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes in women. To assess the impact of diet on type 2 diabetes risk, researchers from the Harvard School […]

5 Feb

Growing Gout Problem Linked to Sweet Drinks

Did you do a double take on this one? Yes, gout is making an uncomfortable comeback in the U.S., actually doubling in the last few decades. If you always pictured gout as a disease of the Charles Dicken’s era, you’re not alone. It’s likely history buffs knew more about it than health nuts until now. […]

31 Jan

Low Carb, High Protein Diet Reduces Seizure Rate in Epilepsy Sufferers

A study in the February issue of Epilepsia suggests that a low-carbohydrate, high-protein diet can significantly reduce the number of seizures in adult epileptics. For almost a century, physicians have prescribed low carbohydrate diets to control epilepsy in children. Among the more popular diets is the ketogenic diet, which requires a period of initial fasting, […]

30 Jan

The Definitive Guide to Cholesterol

That makes it easy. With all the talk of fighting, battling, combating and beating cholesterol into submission, you’d think it had a black plastic body suit and James Earl Jones’ voice. Big Pharma has, dutifully created quite an arsenal for our supposed defense, and the medical community has been a willing faction, delivering the rhetoric […]

28 Jan

Dear Mark: Sugar Cravings

Dear Mark, I do pretty well in the fitness department, love my veggies and get plenty of protein. My problem is that I can’t seem to shake my sugar cravings. Suggestions? I get some version of this question on a fairly regular basis. A common theory says that we evolved to crave sweet tastes in […]

21 Jan

Hold the Fries!!!

Latest news on the acrylamide front from the Danish Cancer Society: Acrylamide, if you recall, is a substance found in a vast array of common cooked foods, foremost starchy foods like potato chips, French fries and bread. Research some years ago found a “probable” association between acrylamide and cancer based on telling animal studies. Subsequent […]

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:

31 Dec

The Poor Body

Take a look at photos of your average poor American from the 1930s and now. What’s different?

24 Dec

10 Last Minute Holiday Health Tips

Thanksgiving may be tucked under your belt, but Christmas and New Year’s are still right around the corner. If you’re feeling a bit fatigued, bloated, or otherwise run down, here are some simple holiday health tips to feel better this week: 10. Veggie Cleanse Do a one-day vegetable cleanse at some point this week. Load […]

21 Dec

Friday Link Love

Mary over at Cranky Fitness was having feelings of seasonal depression. Migraineur rants about Brian Wansink’s appointment as head of the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion. Ruth at Eating Fabulous points out that if you want your kid to eat their veggies you have to start them young. FitSugar considers the proposal to […]

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