Friday, March 26, 2010

On Tap On My Radio Show (12 noon Eastern)

The radio program has been extended (already!!) to one hour. Click Here To Listen on any computer. And call me with comments: 412.333.1360.

This week (Saturday, High Noon:
You've heard of 2nd hand smoke ... this is 2nd hand hamburgers.

Tiger Woods and his Putter Problem

"Hey, St Peter ... You Want That Whopper?"

California is voting on whether they should legalize Marijuana, and already there's a synthetic alternative!

And my guest, Jackie Gingrich Cushman, talking with me about her new book, 5 Principles for a Successful Life.

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

How To Make Kid Friendly Veggies

According to this study (Reuters Health - headlines), if you want your kids to eat more veggies, approach it with K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple).

Dutch researchers Wageningen University tested two readily available and commonly eaten vegetables -- carrots and french beans -- that had been cooked in six different ways on groups of primary school children to find out which was their preferred way of eating them.

The carrots and beans were mashed, steamed, boiled, stir-fried, grilled and deep-fried and then served to the children, whose ages ranged from 4 years to 12 years.

A control group of 18-25 year-old adults was also served the same vegetables prepared in the same methods.

The researchers, who said that children in many countries ate fewer vegetables than the amount recommended by healthcare professionals, found that the majority of children liked the steamed or boiled vegetables the best.

They attributed this to the fact that the carrots and beans retained their original taste, colour and crunchiness, and that this way of cooking, which many children were familiar with, kept the vegetables' surface uniform and without any brown colouring.

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Super-sizing the Last Supper | Reuters

Weird. Over the past 1000 years, painting depictions of the Last Supper have amped up the portions by 23 - 69 percent!! This study was actually done by the brother of Brian Wansink, who wrote "Mindless Eating." I wonder where he got his inspiration from??

Super-sizing the Last Supper
| Reuters

Actors perform in a re-enactment of the Last Supper of Jesus Christ on Good Friday in San Ignacio, Misiones province, March 21, 2008. REUTERS/Jorge Adorno

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New Health Law Requires Calorie Counts Posted

Is this good policy, or just intrusive?

The government inspects your meat to make sure meat from those "downer" cow beef doesn't get into your kids. The government also makes food products put their ingredients on the labels.

These two ideas are pretty universally accepted.

And now the new healthcare bill will require posting the calorie content of that Big Mac or Caramel Macchiato. The idea is that, when you see the calorie bolus in front of you, some subset of people will think twice. It will also put some pressure on restaurants to provide lower calorie choices.

Even the food industry supports the new law, but some groups are saying that the government has no business telling us what's in our food.

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Childhood Obesity

This article from the New York Times emphasizes the dramatic nature of the changes that are occurring for our nation's youth and, therefore, our nation's future.

We are only now starting to address this problem in our schools, by making high calorie drinks and snacks unavailable for chronic consumption.

This is a start. Next, we need education. Yes, for our kids, but principally for our parents. We need to coach them on making good choices for themselves, and their kids. They need to embrace a lifestyle of activity that will be infectious for their kids.

If you're looking for a long term solution, start at home; start with the family.

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