REAL SCIENCE

The Ask Marilyn column in this week’s Parade Magazine featured this question from a reader: “If you wished to test the effects of a placebo, what would you give the control group?” Good question. In her reply, she tells about a study in which sham acupuncture was pitted against sham…

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Harvard’s New Healthy Plate

This is really short notice, but we are invited to submit questions to Dr. Eric Rimm of the Harvard School of Public Health in response to the release of their “Healthy Eating Plate,” the version of the nutritional recommendations that they propose as an alternative to the USDA’s “My Plate.” There will be…

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IS CHOCOLATE GOOD FOR YOUR HEART?

A recent study from the University of Cambridge in the UK suggests that eating lots of chocolate may prevent heart disease. The report was published in the August 29, 2011 online edition of the British Medical Journal. Chocolate has been linked to health benefits before, but in this analysis of…

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Response to: “The New Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010, The Nutritional Law of the Land”

The March issue of The Front Burner, published by the International Association of Culinary Professionals, included an article by Michelle Dudash titled, “The New Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010: ‘The Nutritional Law of the Land,’” with advice about how we can help implement the recommendations. This is my response: The first…

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SWITZERLAND

My husband had a business meeting in Switzerland the week before Thanksgiving and I decided to go along since I had the chance. The picture above shows a unit at the Palafitte Hotel on Lake Neuchatel (literally ON Lake Neuchatel) where we stayed. It was like being on a luxury…

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ICE CREAM, MILK FAT, AND HOGS

A fellow low-carber who is still mourning the loss of Watch’n Carbs, the low-carb ice cream recently discontinued by Lucerne, sent me a message about his latest discovery. He was excited that he had found a sucalose-sweetened ice cream at a Ben and Jerry’s stand at the airport. With guarded…

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LAST DAY FOR COMMENTS ON USDA GUIDELINES

July 15th is the last day to submit your comments to the USDA about their new food guidelines. I urge you to please speak out before this travesty is finalized. You are limited to 2,000 characters or less, and they seem to count spaces. If you want to send a…

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“FAT” IS A WINNER!

Well, knock me over with a lamb chop, if Jennifer McLagan hasn’t won the prestigious International Association of Culinary Professionals’ Single Subject Award for her book celebrating–fat! And she beat out two really big names in food circles to do it: the other nominees were Under Pressure, by Thomas Keller,…

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The Nutrition and Metabolism Society

Here’s a great new site (well, new to me anyway). I intend to add it to the links list on my Website the next time my live-in, computer-techie husband updates it for me. The Nutrition and Metabolism Society at http://www.nmsociety.org/ provides one-stop-shopping for news, information, and science about everything low…

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Huh?

There was a two-page ad in this morning’s Seattle Times for Vytorin® (ezetimibe/simvastatin), which is a combination of two older drugs (Zocor and Zetia) for lowering cholesterol. The headline said, “Do you have high LDL cholesterol? It’s important to talk to your doctor about ways to lower it.” After a…

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POTENTIAL DANGERS OF AGAVE

“Agave provokes bitter debate as a sweetener,” reads the headline in the March 23rd Chicago Tribune: www.chicagotribune.com/features/chi-0323deardorffmar23,1,7478086.story. The story raises questions about the safely of the trendy, expensive, liquid sugar made from the Mexican agave cactus. Agave nectar is being marketed as a healthful, all-natural substitute for sucrose because it…

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