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Archive for the ‘ Carbs ’ Category

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 […]

14 Dec

News Note: WIC Gets an Overhaul (It’s a Mixed Bag)

The government has finally gotten around to giving a damn for disadvantaged women and children. It only took Uncle Sam 30 years. WIC is getting a long-overdue overhaul. The good news: fruits and vegetables are on the menu. It stuns me that produce wasn’t a priority before; in the world’s richest country, things like developmental […]

12 Dec

Sugarholics

Harpoon posted this video of Jack Lalanne last month. I liked it so much I had to repost it here for Mark’s Daily Apple readers. Jack’s challenge is as valid as ever. If you haven’t already, cut all refined sugars out of your diet and “you will be thanking (Jack) for the rest of your […]

6 Dec

Smart Fuel: Acorn Squash

This week’s Smart Fuel: Acorn Squash Winter is a wonderful time to enjoy drier, more dense vegetables, seeds, nuts and squashes. This week we’re highlighting acorn squash. Acorn squash is considered a winter squash, but it’s actually classified with zucchini and other summer squashes. No matter; it is delicious no matter what you call it. […]

28 Nov

New Nutrition Labeling System Still Has Flaws

New nutrition labels are in the works for a 2008 unveiling. There are some terrific improvements over the current labels. A particular problem I’ve long had with the existing labels is that the numbers are based upon the assumption that you’re following a 2,000 calorie-per-day diet. That’s too much for many women, not enough for […]

19 Nov

The Best Meal to Feed to Your Child…

We stumbled onto this refined carbohydrate disaster as we were searching for healthy food services.  Like the kiddie menus serving up fried meats and refined starches across the nation, this offering does not bode well for the health of the seedlings! This plate of yellow’s only bragging point is “real” cheese…rounded out with greasy bread, […]

15 Nov

Pump Up Your Health with Pumpkin

This week’s Smart Fuel: Pumpkin Pumpkin is one of nature’s richest sources of the antioxidant beta carotene. Beta carotene is converted to vitamin A by the body and plays an important role in many vital functions. This plant carotenoid is what gives pumpkins their lush orange coloring. Compelling current research suggests that beta carotene is […]

13 Nov

The 10 All-Time Most Tempting Junk Foods (and smart alternatives)

These common health offenders are incredibly tempting for even the most disciplined person from time to time. We bring you some sensible alternatives for those moments when you are wavering. 1. French fries This is the ultimate junk food for most of us – and America’s #1 consumed “vegetable”. (Shudder.) French fries satisfy that craving […]

12 Nov

Healthy Holiday Survival Guide, Part 1

Reader Sarah wrote in with a great question: “With the holiday seasons coming up, a lot of us are looking at spending time not only on the road, but in the extended company of family, friends and others who haven’t tuned in yet to benefits of a primal diet. This means lots of time in […]

8 Nov

Candy Coated WHAT?

The Fuming Fuji does not know what to do, but it rhymes with dexplode. What is this product of unspeakable sugarness? Fuji is baffled. This is a very difficult thing, to baffle a genius.

29 Oct

88 Deadly Fast Foods (the others are merely really, really terrible)

A Calorie Counter blog has gone to the trouble of compiling the absolute worst fast foods from all American chain restaurants. The author looked through every single item offered at every single restaurant from McDonald’s to White Castle to Burger King to Taco Bell to KFC to Wendy’s – whew! Why 88, you ask? Why […]

29 Oct

The Burrito Diet, the Beverly Hills Diet, and the Only Diet on Earth That Actually Works

If it’s not a region – Sonoma, Hamptons, Mediterranean, South Beach, and the original locale diet, the Beverly Hills Diet – it’s a noun: Subway, Cabbage Soup, Cookie, and now the Chipotle Burrito Diet. That’s right. The latest diet is not just a single food, it’s got an adjectival spice to go with it. A […]

19 Oct

Whose Food Pyramid Is It Anyway?

We’ve done quite a bit of ranting and issued endless criticisms of the FDA and the food pyramid. There, I said it. We did it here, and here, and talked about what you should be eating here. I’ve even offered up my own food pyramid (for carbs). But whose food pyramid is it, anyway? Though […]

18 Oct

Twinkie Dust Is Like Star Dust. Or Something. What?

In defense of the Twinkie (wait, haven’t we heard that one before?), the Important People at Hostess explain exasperatedly that trying to understand what the Twinkie is made of is just like trying to understand the entire universe. Look, this miniature sticky cake of chemicals is as mysterious and magical as the very cosmos in […]

17 Oct

5 Tips to Avoid Temptation

1. Drink a glass of water Sometimes when you have a craving for something sweet, you are simply dehydrated. Drink a glass of cool water to see if that quells your craving. 2. Don’t surround yourself with it! If the chips are in the pantry or the pastries are in the bread drawer, it’s that […]

12 Oct

It’s a Fried, Fried, Fried, Fried World

ABC interviews a fried success: meet the man behind fried oreos, fried twinkies, fried Coke, fried avocados and many, many other fried delicacies. From the vault: Fried whole potato on a stick Fried hot dog fried in deep fried french fries on a stick (scroll down; hold breath) Deep fried lattes, finally! Subscribe to Mark’s […]

9 Oct

Another Nail in the Low Fat Coffin

A prescient excerpt from the Times – it’s what we’ve been saying all along: “In the case of fatty foods, that confident voice belonged to Ancel Keys, a prominent diet researcher a half-century ago (the K-rations in World War II were said to be named after him). He became convinced in the 1950s that Americans […]

1 Oct

The Fuming Fuji Does Not Give a Flying Finger Food

Dragging their buns far behind the rest of the junk food giants in the compliance arena, Burger King is introducing a crisp first strike on the PR front with “the Fry Pod”, apple slices cut to look like fries, packaged in a traditional BK sleeve.

28 Sep

Deep Fried Potato on a Stick

Oh, dear…and we were just getting over deep fried lattes.

28 Sep

Rethinking Diabetes and Cholesterol

Two new studies add an interesting dimension to our dietary debates! 1. Omega 3′s Fight Diabetes Reinforcing the ongoing evidence that diabetes is an unnecessary epidemic borne of misguided dietary guidelines, a new study shows that simply eating “smart fats” can help reduce the risk of diabetes. But there’s a twist: we’re not talking about […]

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