COULD THIS DIET SAVE THE WORLD?

KETO CLARITY The partnership between Jimmy Moore and Dr. Eric Westman reminds me a little of the relationship between Charles Darwin and Thomas Henry Huxley, who was known as “Darwin’s Bulldog.” Darwin provided the science; Huxley defended and popularized it. Jimmy is more like a big, lovable, puppy dog than a bulldog, but his communication skills and status as a social-media celebrity make him the perfect spokesman and n=1 test subject for the low-carb guru who inherited Dr. Atkins’s mantle after his untimely, accidental death.…

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NEW AND IMPROVED KALE CHIPS

My recipe for Kale Chips got mixed reviews. Even the ones I made myself varied from batch to batch; usually they were so good I couldn’t stop eating them, but sometimes they were bitter. This is a sweeter version and much quicker and easier to make. You can now buy baby kale leaves, which eliminates the need to strip out the tough veins and stems and chop the leaves into pieces. With baby kale, you just spread them out in a single layer and bake…

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SPICED PORK BELLY

If you had to eat just one food every day for the rest of your life, what would it be? That’s not a hard choice for me. This is it.  Ingredients: 1 (1 and 1/2 pound) pork belly, about half lean, with a thick layer of fat on top Dry Rub: 1 tablespoon coarse salt 1 tablespoon ground fennel seed 1 tablespoon ground allspice 1 tablespoon ground black pepper Braising Liquid: 1 medium onion (7 oz), chopped 1 large carrot (3 ½ oz), chopped 3…

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MEA CULPA FROM TIME MAGAZINE?

1984 2014 The March 26, 1984 cover of Time Magazine showed a frowny face made out of bacon and eggs. The headline of the feature article said, “Cholesterol, and Now the Bad News.” Inside, an article titled, “Hold the Eggs and Butter,” started with this line: “Cholesterol is proved deadly, and our diet may never be the same.” Amazingly, that original article from the 1984 issue (you can read it here) actually stated that the study on which this conclusion was based was not a diet study…

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THE WAR ON FAT IS OVER. FAT WON.

The Big Fat Surprise by Nina Teicholz The Big Fat Surprise by Nina Teicholz This remarkable book should finally lay the lipid hypotheses of heart disease to rest. We’ve been embroiled in this unnecessary war on fat for far too long. It may take generations before we see the last of the damage it has done, but it is time to start to heal. We have other problems to solve and we need strong, healthy, intelligent, well-nourished people to do it. Let’s all have a…

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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 best evidence to date from almost 80 studies with more than half a million subjects. They looked, not only at what people reported eating, but the composition of the fatty acids in their fat tissue…

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WHITE HOUSE PETITION: REPLACE THE DIETARY GUIDELINES FOR AMERICANS

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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 government is guaranteed by the First Amendment of the Constitution. We now have a special tool for doing this, called We the People, and a website where any citizen can file a White House Petition to ask the Administration to take…

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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 is back. Driven by the movement toward food that contains natural ingredients as well as the foodie and gourmet cooking trends, butter consumption in the United States has reached its highest level in 40 years,…

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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 is to use very fresh eggs. My daughter’s family has backyard chickens and they write the date on each egg to show when it was collected, so I decided to see for myself if the chef’s passion…

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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 spaghetti~she put PARSLEY in it!” The only foolproof way I’ve discovered to convince the people I care about to eat things that are good for them is to turn them into foods they can’t resist! I call this the “pudding of…

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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 specialists to care for all of them. Of the 13 new cancer treatments approved by the FDA last year, only one was shown to extend survival by more than a median of six months. (Is that really…

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