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3 Mar

Dear Mark: Vegetarian Protein Possibilities

In response to last week’s “Encore on Omegas” post, reader dunim asked this question about alternative protein sources:

Mark, how can an active person who doesn’t eat meat or fish and wants to eat minimum soy get good quality protein? Would you suggest whey supplements in case the protein requirements are not met? How much whey is too much?

As everyone and their grandmothers know, I strongly advise a meat and fish eating diet for the most complete nutrition. That said, I know that vegetarians won’t die of protein deprivation. However, they need to make more of a concerted effort to get the full “family” of amino acid building blocks. There are 22 amino acids that the human body uses to manufacture muscle and other vital tissue. Together, these 22 are essential for the body’s repair and regeneration needs. For vegetarians, getting enough of all 22 amino acids generally entails consuming more protein-containing carbohydrates and more calories to get the full amount of necessary protein.

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3 Mar

No Advantages from Aromatherapy?

Study results released just today from the Ohio State University Medical Center suggest that, while people may “feel better” with the use of aromatherapy, the physical evidence doesn’t stack up. A team of scientists from the medical center traced heart rate, blood pressure, stress hormones and immune function in a group of 56 study volunteers. Following “mild stress” administered by the scientists, subjects were then exposed to one of three substances: lavender, lemon or distilled water. The result: to the scientists’ surprise, “no measurable benefits” were observed with either of the aromatherapy scents.

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2 Mar

Get a Life: Second Life Game to Teach Nutrition Habits

Recognizing the growing role of fast food in our culture, researchers at the VITAL Lab at Ohio University developed Nutrition Game, a simulation game that exists in the online virtual world of Second Life that allows users to virtually experience the effects that fast food can have on their short- and long-term health.

Before we dig any deeper, perhaps now is a good time to talk a little bit about Second Life. Launched in 2003, Second Life is a 3-D virtual world entirely created by its Residents (and, if you watch lots of Law and Order, featured relatively frequently in their story lines!). When in this virtual world, users can socialize, connect and communicate – either by voice or through instant chats – as well as purchase, trade and sell items with other residents (which can then be converted from the Second Life’s Linden Dollar system to actual U.S. dollars).

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1 Mar

The Best of Mark’s Daily Apple: February 2008

Remember that one time when Mark ripped Big Pharma a new one. Or when he gave us the lowdown on fats. Or maybe that time when he answered a reader’s question about chronic cardio. That was awesome. Yeah. Those were the days. (Taking a moment to fondly reminisce.) Luckily, you can still enjoy all those great memories and revisit them anytime you would like! Here are some of the best posts of February put together in a nice little condensed batch for your perusal. Enjoy!

Big Pharma: Bad Science and Bad Business – Feb. 1

Dear Mark: Chronic Cardio – Feb. 4

Choose Your Own Salad Adventure – Feb. 6

Nature Tops Nurture? Scientists Wrong Again… – Feb. 8

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29 Feb

A Salad With Your Sorrow?

A pint of Ben & Jerry’s. That whole freaking bag of potato chips. A box of donut holes. No, it’s not the MDA trifecta of evil (although it could be). Sure, they’re among the proverbial symbols of “mood food,” and the saying about Ben and Jerry’s is true: ice cream tops the list, according to Brian Wansink, professor and author on the subject of emotional eating. (Wansink found that beyond top honors, gender determines what we drown our sorrow in. Women turn to chocolate – surprise – and cookies, while men hunt down heartier fare like pizza, steak and casserole.)

But even if these kinds of products have never seen the inside of your kitchen let alone your stomach, that doesn’t mean you’re immune from turning to food for more than nutrition. Yes, even innocent carrots and grape tomatoes can be used for deleterious purposes. No food is safe from the scourge of mindless, emotionally driven eating.

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