Wishing for a Blue Moon

Blue Moon © 2008 Savor this shortest of seasons, now compressed into a few short weeks and in danger of disappearing altogether, as the Christmas monster relentlessly gobbles up ever more of the calendar. Autumn officially starts when pumpkins ripen in the fields and show up in colorful profusion at markets and roadside stands. This versatile member of the squash clan offers much more than Jack-o-lanterns and pies, so give your fairy godmother the day off and work a little magic of your own before…

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Rating Consumers Report

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The June, 2007 issue of Consumers Report again disses low carb diets. They point out that the diets were not tested (Isn’t that the whole point of Consumers Report? To actually test things?), but rated by a panel of nutritionists as to how they compare to the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans. As long as diet plans continue to be ranked based on the U.S. Guidelines, we will get bad advice and will likely continue to get fatter and sicker. Just look at the food…

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Sweeteners

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I received a question about the characteristics of Splenda®, how it works in cooking, and why I use it in some of my recipes. In Carb Wars, I devoted several pages to the different kinds of sugar substitutes and the advantages and disadvantages of each. Since the subject may be of general interest, I will attempt to address it here. Splenda has been used for 20 plus years in some countries and doesn’t seem to have any harmful effects, at least not yet. It adds…

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Human Anatomy, New and Improved (by Surgery)

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I leave it to the professionals, like the Drs. Eades, to give medical advice. That said, I can’t resist speaking out against a practice as outrageous as this one, especially when it concerns someone I know personally. Bariatric surgery is being heavily promoted as the only solution for morbid obesity. One would think that such an extreme measure would only be used when all else failed, but that is apparently not the case. A young man I know told me that he was scheduled to…

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Low Carb Diet Beats the Others

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On March 7, 2007 – Just as my book was rolling off the press, a new study comparing four different diets was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA 2007; 297: 969-977). All the major news sources featured headlines reflecting their own particular bias: “This Proves Atkins is Best Diet” said the London Times; the Seattle Times reported “Study: Women lost a bit more with Atkins.”  The scientists who designed the study expressed surprise that the Atkins diet came out on top…

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