Sweeteners Update

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I have received questions as to why I did not include some of the all-natural alternatives, like brown rice syrup, agave nectar, and date sugar in the discussion about the different kinds of sweeteners in my book. I did not include most of them because, in my opinion, they offer little advantage over common table sugar. However since the subject continues to come up, I will address it here. Let me point out at the start that “natural” is not synonymous with “safe.” Nature abounds…

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KABC Los Angeles Talk Radio

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I flew to Los Angeles for an interview on the McIntyre in the Morning Show on KABC talk radio on July 23, 2007. I had a great time chatting with Doug and co-host Robb Marinko, two very funny guys, and my book sold out that day on Amazon! They called me again in August as an expert to give my opinion on some of the claims made for Jay Robb’s book The Fruit Diet. I had a one hour interview on the Mark Isler Show…

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Fat Phobia

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Hooray for Greg Atkinson, food writer for the Pacific Northwest Magazine of the Seattle Times! In his article, “Beyond Fat Phobia,” (https://www.seattletimes.com/pacific-nw-magazine/beyond-fat-phobia/) he extols the virtues of butter, bacon, lard, and natural oils as he traces the disastrous history of trans fats, which he labels as “unnecessarily chemically altered food.” Finally, someone comes to the defense of the good, natural fats that have taken the blame for the mess created by the artificial junk that has been heavily promoted as heart-healthy alternatives. Even venerable olive…

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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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