EGGS EN COCOTTE

Yet another study has exonerated saturated fat and cholesterol of any link to heart disease and fingered the real culprit. The new research, just published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, found no evidence that eating saturated fat led to an increase in heart disease or coronary events. The researchers evaluated the…

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WHITE HOUSE PETITION: REPLACE THE DIETARY GUIDELINES FOR AMERICANS

I’ve been working with Dr. Richard Feinman on a petition to change the process for creating the Dietary Guidelines for Americans so they reflect modern advances in scientific research. The original guidelines were based on weak, population studies from the 1950s and subsequent versions have just recycled the same basic message every five years. The right to petition the…

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AND NOW FOR A LITTLE GOOD NEWS: BUTTER IS BACK!

  Joe Ortner performs maintenance on a robotic palletizer at Grassland Dairy Products Inc. in Greenwood, the largest family-owned butter producer in the nation. Picture by Mark Hoffman.   The headline in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel proclaims, U.S. butter consumption reaches highest level in 40 years. Joe Taschler reports, “Butter…

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EPITAPH FOR AN EGG

How do you like your eggs? The best way to prepare eggs, except for raw, which brings a different set of issues to the table, is poached. Lightly cooked whites and lovely, liquid yolks retain all their nutrients, including their precious, undamaged cholesterol. British chef, Heston Blumenthal, demonstrates his method for Perfect Poached Eggs in the YouTube video below. His secret…

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THE PUDDING OF HAPPINESS

Pudding Cups Judy Barnes Baker

My husband counts the pills I put out for him in the morning to be sure I didn’t sneak in anything new. If he doesn’t recognize one, I have to show him the bottle. Once, when my children were small, I overheard my vegetable-phobic son whisper to his sister, “Don’t eat the…

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IS THERE ALREADY A CURE FOR CANCER?

According to a story from the Associated Press last Tuesday, government advisers to the Institute of Medicine are warning that the U.S. is facing a crisis in cancer care. The risk of cancer increases with age, they said, and by 2030, new cases are expected to reach 2.3 million a year. They predict there may be a shortage of oncology…

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CHOLESTEROL CLARITY

Cholesterol got a bad rap. The evidence continues to accumulate that cholesterol is not the villain it is made out to be, but is actually part of your body’s defense system against the real killers: chronic inflammation, the lack of good, natural fats, and stress. Dr. Dwight Lundell, one of…

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SCORE! GARY TAUBES IN SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN MAGAZINE

Don’t miss the article by Gary Taubes in the new “Special Food Issue” of Scientific American Magazine, titled, “Which One Will Make You Fat? Rigorously controlled studies may soon give us a definitive answer about what causes obesity—excessive calories or the wrong carbohydrates” (September 2013). It features a picture of a skillet containing a burger with cheese…

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LAZY BONES BROTH AND BOUILLON CUBES: THE BEST MEDICINE

I wanted to take along something more nutritious than meal-replacement bars or powdered protein drinks on this year’s cruise. Whatever I took needed to be able to withstand some time in transit without refrigeration. I’d been working on this version of the traditional recipe for portable soup and thought it would be a good way to see how…

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CALORIES IN VERSUS CALORIES OUT

Ask anyone and they’ll tell you the solution for obesity. Eat less; move more. Our collective weight problem would go away if all the overweight people just quit eating more calories than they burn. Couldn’t be simpler. There are 4,086 calories in a pound of fat. Divide that by the 7 days in…

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WHEAT BELLY COOKBOOK REVIEW: IS FLAX THE NEW WHEAT?

Dr. Davis has succeeded in drawing attention to the dangers of wheat and the benefits of a low-carb diet beyond what I thought possible. He builds a convincing case against this new plant that he says shouldn’t even be called “wheat,” and he documents most of his arguments with supportive…

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A TRAGIC EPIDEMIC AND CANDY FOR CHRISTMAS

Another day, another mass murder, this latest one in Longmont, Colorado. There were only four killed, and they were adults, so it didn’t get the media coverage devoted to the horrific massacre at Sandy Hook in Connecticut, but it is now more apparent than ever that we are dealing with…

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VALIDATION: Peter Reinhart

   Gluten-free products, recipes, and cookbooks are everywhere these days, but most of them just sub high-carb starches like potato, corn, tapioca, and rice for wheat, rye, and barley. The cookbook above is different. You can’t read the subtitle very well here, but it says, “80 Low-carb Recipes that Offer Solutions for Celiac Disease, Diabetes, and Weight Loss.”…

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IS THERE ALREADY A CURE FOR OSTEOPOROSIS?

I went in for a medical checkup yesterday since I hadn’t had any tests since 2010. Along with the standard regimen of tests, the doctor prescribed a bone-density scan. I’ve only had one, about 15 years ago, and my rank was almost 100% then, but if I am diagnosed with osteoporosis, he will…

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