Saturday, July 03, 2010

2010 Dietary Guidelines ... more of the same

Every five years the Dietary Guidelines for Americans are revised, but after two years’ work on the 2010 draft document, we’re back to pretty much where we were five years ago.

And not much has changed since the first guidelines were published in 1980. In fact, it would not be a huge stretch to sum up the new 699-page report with Michael Pollan’s simple advice: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”

So why bother mandating this rather painful, politically fraught process??

You know what to do.
Eat less. Don't eat fake foods, fake ingredients, or any synthetics. Use your behaviors to control your portion distortion. Our obesity rates continue to rise, and we are struggling as a culture to get a handle on this solution.

There is an intuitive correctness to our call for you to "eat real food, and control your portions through your eating behaviors." You know this is the right answer, and you don't need scads of academics telling you how many of this or that carbohydrate should or shouldn't be in your meals that you may eat 3 or 6 times per day as a percentage of a 2000 calorie/day diet. Yech.

Honestly? I don't know that we need someone else to tell us what we should be putting in your mouth. You have enough common sense to make this evaluation on your own. You just need to let go, and have the courage to make health decisions that you know are correct: "eat real food, control your portions through your eating behaviors."

Eat less. Move more. Why do we need the 2010 Dietary Guidelines?

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Friday, July 02, 2010

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2. Sleep Off Your Weight? Really?
4. Picnic Safety.

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Stunning Exercise Science Conclusion: Men Are NOT Women

News Flash:
Guys are fundamentally different from Girls.

Okay, it's not as pedestrian as it sounds. Researchers who study athletes and exercise science wanted to see if post-exercise protein actually helped "rebuild" muscles.

The answer was yes, it helped the athletes a bit, after a couple of days.

But they only studied guys! So, some women athletes raised their metaphorical hands and said, "how about us?". So the researchers repeated the study, mostly out of some sense of obligation to actually be fair and balanced. They expected no difference AT all.

What they found surprised them. The women showed no clear benefit from protein during recovery. They couldn’t ride their exercise cycles harder or longer. In fact, women had THE EXACT OPPOSITE effect, compared to men. The women who received protein said that their legs felt more tired and sore during the intervals.

The researchers found the same "women are from Venus" result when they looked at the habit of carb-loading before a race or meet of some type. This is the process of eating lots of carbohydrate-rich foods to build up stores of glycogen in the muscles. Reference article is here.

For GUYS, this can be effective. But alas, for women, eating all those carbs did NOT translate into more energy in the muscles.

Why the difference between the two? No one really knows yet, but it seems to have something to do with the amount of Estrogen the women have on board. If you pump guys up with Estrogen prior to their exercise, not only do they get grumpy every 28 days, but they tend to burn calories and fat in the same pattern as women.

Thursday, July 01, 2010

101 Fast Recipes for Grilling

Let the Flames Begin!!

Mark Bittman is awesome. This article from the NYTimes today carries 101 of his quick recipes for Grilling.

I have Mr. Bittman's "How To Cook Everything" cookbook. I find the recipes easy, sane (with no whacko ingredients that you buy and use for that one specific recipe), and tasty too -- bonus!!

If you're not a griller, now is a good time to start. It's beautiful outside, it's easy to do, and now you have some easy recipes to flirt with!!

If you are a griller, like me, there are so many variations and new ideas in here for you to try. Bon Appetit!!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Taking Avandia Diabetes Drug? Feeling Lucky?

Feeling lucky?

An analysis of 56 clinical trials found that the diabetes drug Avandia increased the chances of a heart attack by between 28 -- 39 percent!!

So, roll your dice, you diabetics. Ask your doctor is increased risk of heart attack is for you.

Remember, this study was NOT just of 56 patients ... it was from 56 different clinical trials!! Dr. Steven Nissen was the lead scientist and said the results from more than 35,000 patients gave a more complete picture that reinforced his earlier concerns.

"A drug that increases the risk of heart attack by a third or more in diabetics represents a huge public health burden." Nissen is the Cleveland Clinic's head of cardiology, and said the drug should go off the market.

The response from GlaxoSmithKline -- who makes Avandia -- was a big, and I quote, "Nu uh." They responded that the drug should not be pulled, even though 30 to 40 percent of their customers get heart disease. Nice.

So, roll the dice. Maybe you won't be one of the ones with your heart compromised by a drug that this company will NOT pull until the last possible dollar has been brought in the door. Maybe you'll get lucky.

Studies see heart risk with Glaxo diabetes drug | Reuters

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

No More Bull From Beef Industry

The Beef industry is overusing antibiotics, because that beefs up the beef. They get LARGER cattle by injecting them with too much antibiotics.

The Union of Concerned Scientists estimated that 70 percent of all antibiotics sold in the United States are fed to healthy animals to promote weight gain.

It's not about keeping them healthier, it's about getting them as artificially large as possible. This process, too, can cause (as anyone can tell you) the development of resistant strains of bacteria.

The Livestock Groups Respond

As you might guess, they don't want anything to do with these efforts to clamp down on their blanket use of antibiotics. They say, "there is no scientific evidence that their use of antibiotics cause a problem." Dave Warner, a spokesman for the industry said this: "We've said that there needs to be some science before you go banning antibiotics that are important to food-animal production."

But there is also no evidence -- not one single clinical trial -- showing that that the things in my basement, if mixed up in some random way, cause any health problems whatsoever. Should we have science before we market those to millions of Americans?

Maybe we should just adopt the common sense rule that we do need science, but to prove that new food inventions are guilty until proven innocent, instead of the other way around.

FDA to recommend new limits on livestock drugs | Reuters

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Monday, June 28, 2010

English McNuggets Better Than US McNuggets

If you just have to, have to, have to eat Chicken McNuggets from McDonalds, be sure to tack on the cost of a plane ticket to London.

Get this. U.S. McNuggets not only contain more calories and fat than their British counterparts, but also synthetic chemicals not found across the Atlantic.

OUR McNuggets have 190 calories, 12 grams of fat, 2 grams of saturated fat for 4 pieces;
THEIR McNuggets have 170 calories, 9 grams of fat, 1 gram of saturated fat for 4 pieces.

OUR McNuggets have the chemical preservative tBHQ, tertiary butylhydroquinone, which is a nice petroleum-based product. They also contain dimethylpolysiloxane.
THEIR McNuggets have neither of these little bonus chemicals.

By the way, wonder why anyone would put the petroleum-based Dimethylpolysiloxane in FOOD?? It's is a form of silicone used to keep the oil from foaming. When not being fed to American children, this chemical is also used in cosmetics and Silly Putty.

The other one ... TBHQ ... is a preservative for vegetable oils and animal fats. Just one gram (one-thirtieth of an ounce) can cause "nausea, vomiting, ringing in the ears, delirium, a sense of suffocation, and collapse."

Ask your doctor if "a sense of suffocation" is right for you.

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