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2 May

Friday Link Love

Laurel 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.

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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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1 May

Healthy Tastes Great!

Now that we’ve got your mouth watering for some dark, leafy greens, follow these links for some tasty ways to incorporate more of them into your diet. Report back on what you think!

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1 May

Smart Fuel: Dark, Leafy Greens

With earth day barely a week behind us, it’s time to turn our attention to a new way to Go Green. This time, however, we’re not talking about forgoing paper napkins or ditching the polystyrene cup. In fact, we’re actually talking about adding something in: Dark, leafy green vegetables, and lots of ‘em.

Now granted, we’ve discussed many of these nutritional powerhouses in previous posts – here, here and here, for instance – but you see, and not to get all girly on you here, but leafy green vegetables are like the little black dress of the vegetable world. They go with just about everything, they’re appropriate for every occasion, and, with very few exceptions, they are universally liked. And for that reason, they deserve a second look!

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30 Apr

The Heparin Controversy

This morning’s New York Times reports that the FDA is now echoing what many scientists and industry experts have been saying for weeks: the contaminated stores of heparin that have been associated with 81 deaths and 785 severe allergic reactions in the U.S. was likely adulterated on purpose. In March, the FDA issued a major recall of heparin following increasing reports of adverse reactions and deaths connected with the drug.

Tests have shown that heparin components made by a company in China (Changzhou SPL) were contaminated by a manipulated form of a dietary supplement, oversulfated chondroitin sulfate. Because the cheaper additive resembles heparin, routine screening didn’t reveal the contamination. Contaminants comprised up to a third of some heparin samples that were tested. Dr. Janet Woodcock, director of the Food and Drug Administration’s drug center explained, “[I]t does strain one’s credulity to suggest that might have been done accidentally.”

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