February 10, 2013 |
PORTLAND, Ore. - Is it possible for an Angeleno to leave home and find love in a region where sunshine is merely a rumor and 50 shades of gray are a daily atmospheric reality? It's helpful if the pursuit of that bliss involves a white-hot controversy that upon occasion dominates headlines and ensnares academics, government officials and medical researchers. I am speaking, of course, of carbohydrate love. Portland - where the constantly caffeinated seem to have an ever-growing selection of pastries to consume with their coffee - is a logical destination.
January 23, 2013 |
Long ago, some brazen wolves started hanging around human settlements, jump-starting events that ultimately led to today's domesticated dogs. Now geneticists say they have identified one of the key changes that turned wolves into the tame, tail-wagging creatures well-suited to living by our sides - the ability to digest carbohydrates with ease. The report, published online Wednesday by the journal Nature, found signs that dogs can break down starch into sugar, and then transport those sugars from the gut into the bloodstream, more efficiently than can wolves.
December 8, 2012
Ruffles Cheddar & Sour Cream Serving size: 11 chips Sodium: 180 milligrams Fat: 10 grams Carbs: 15 g Protein: 2 g Calories: 160 Terra Thai Basil Curry Exotic Vegetable Chips Serving size: 15 chips Sodium: 100 mg Fat: 8 g Carbs: 18 g Protein: 0 g Calories: 140 Crisproot Sea Salt Casava Chips Serving size: 23 chips Sodium: 150 mg Fat: 7 g Carbs: 18 g...
October 16, 2012 |
Eat carbs. Don't eat carbs. Eat as little fat as possible. Cut out white food. Eat like the Greeks. No, eat like paleolithic humans. Eat less, move more. The advice can be dizzying; and what's more, the experts still don't know exactly what to recommend, says a writer who cofounded an initiative that plans to try to find some answers. “The government advice - eat less and exercise more - they don't know if that's right, says Gary Taubes, author of “Why We Get Fat” and “Good Calories, Bad Calories” and founder with Dr. Peter Attia of the Nutrition Science Initiative.
July 21, 2012 |
Why is it that we crave chocolate chip cookies rather than chard? Or bread instead of broccoli? Take heart: It's biological. "Our attraction to sweets - and salt, carbohydrates and fat - is hard-wired from the Stone Age," says Dr. David Katz, director of Yale University's Prevention Research Center. Back then, food cravings were reliable signals to our ancestors to seek out certain foods that would provide energy (sugar, fat) and essential minerals (salt). "Today, food is plentiful and it's easy to avoid physical activity, but we've preserved craving tendencies because evolution is very slow," Katz says.
December 26, 2011 |
At first glance, Susan and Herb Eckerling's kitchen doesn't look that bad, food-wise. A bowl of fresh fruit graces the tan tile counter, there's leftover steamed cauliflower in the refrigerator and some quick-cooking oats in the pantry. But scratch the surface and signs of poor choices and unnecessary deprivations emerge: Susan's diet is extremely short on whole grains, and neither eats much red meat - even though they like it - because they fear every cut is bad for their health.