So Oprah has gone on a 21-day Vegan cleanse. She has decided to cut out all animal products, as well as Caffeine, Refined Sugar, Gluten and Alcohol.
Friday, May 30, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
here is another resource if you are looking for good food from good sources. It is called Eat Well Guide, and allows you to punch in your zip code and get all the local restaurants, CSA's, Farms, Bakers, Butchers and a whole lot more.
It is getting easier and easier to find healthy, tasty, sustainably produced foods in the area, now is the time to make those changes people.
I wrote this piece on raw food diets a while ago. The key to the argument being that Raw food nutrients are unlocked by cooking (not frying, sadly).
The times has chimed in with an article in the Science Times that says pretty much the same thing. Though it shows that Vitamin C is a flighty little bird indeed. read more here.
Friday, May 16, 2008
According the NY Times San Francisco is a mecca for fresh whole foods at farmer's markets. I cross referenced with Local Harvest and found two of the markets highlighted in the article. Ferry Plaza and Crocker Galleria.
I guess there are some advantages to a temperate climate.
Slowfoodnyc has come up with a list of restaurants that meet their high standards for Quality (taste), Authenticity (local and seasonal), and sustainability.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Saturday, May 10, 2008
I have talked with many folks around me about Cholesterol, Saturated Fats and our diets.
I know it is confusing, but here is the skinny.
1. High Cholesterol is BAD. It causes Heart Disease.
the truth? High levels of High Density Cholesterol are either good or a non-factor in atherosclerosis. Low Density Cholesterol is at worst a "marginal risk factor" for heart disease. And Very Low Density Cholesterol (or more importantly, the Lipoprotein shell that holds it) may be a bigger risk factor for Heart Disease. A 2005 study showed a 22% decreased risk of Heart Attack after 5 years of a high dosage of statin therapy (lipitor), a therapy that targets VLDL cholesterol. But VLDL is a very small portion of total cholesterol, and "total cholesterol per se is not a risk factor for Coronary Heart Disease at all". read Gary Taubes' NYTimes article for some great information on the subject.
"How corticoids, growth hormone and oestrogens influence lipids and atherosclerosis"
Thursday, May 8, 2008
What I did not get especially involved with when I talked about the food pyramid was the servings, and the politics behind them. If you look up at the pyramid you see plainly the biggest group is "Bread, Cereal, Rice & Pasta". 6-11 servings per day.
The incredible part of all this is that the subsidies have done nothing for actual farmers, instead they have lined the pockets of big businesses such as Monsanto and the big ol' CAFO producers (your friends, Cargill, ConAgra, Tyson and Smithfield). Timothy Wise of Tufts University has a fantastic study that exposes the Oligopoly, check it out here.
Though many of the self-important yuppies currently pricing self-important ME out of my Carroll Gardens haven do not know about it, there exists right in our collective back yard the perfect object to allay rampant white guilt. the Added Value Farm.
Edible Brooklyn is a nice Slow Food centered magazine that has a really good piece on the farm. read all about it here.
Monday, May 5, 2008
Sunday, May 4, 2008
Let's talk about what we should be eating in terms of portions and servings per day and all that confusing stuff.
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Regina Wilshire, who writes a lovely blog on nutrition, has a review of a recent study on pregnant women in India, and the effect of their diets while pregnant on their children over the first 6 years of life.
The findings: A high folate, low B12 diet, or in lay terms, a high vegetable, low animal product diet while pregnant produces children who by age 6 are both extremely high in Adipose tissue content (not heavy, but with a high percentage of body fat) and who are already at a high stage of insulin resistance (pre-curser to Type 2 diabetes).
read more here.
read the full study here.