September 2, 2009 |
In the movie "Ratatouille," the terrifying food critic, Anton Ego, transforms into a lovable human with one glorious taste of a ProvenÃ§al tian from his childhood -- zucchini, eggplant, tomato, thyme and cheese. Good food, Ego discovers, excites our taste buds and our hearts. For most American children, the equivalent taste memory will be grease-soaked chicken nuggets and French fries. Registered New York-based dietitian Elisa Zied understands this. Her own childhood memories are connected to fast food as a treat -- including her grandmother sneaking Whoppers with cheese to Zied while she was at sleep-away camp.
September 1, 2011 |
The humble potato, much maligned lately, might have shot at redemption. A study finds that purple spuds might help obese and overweight people lower their blood pressure. The small crossover study, presented recently at the national meeting and exposition of the American Chemical Society in Denver, focused on 18 overweight or obese people who had high blood pressure. They ate six to eight small microwaved purple potatoes with skins (or biscuits containing an corresponding amount of potato starch)
November 30, 2009
Thanks for Melissa Healy's thorough stories on eating disorders, addiction, emotional eating, bingeing and the rest ["Eating Away," "Treating Overeating As an Addiction," "The Difficulty of Crafting a New Label" and "Holidays Feed Problems," Nov. 23]. I would point out just one small thing to those who say that "Giving up booze is easy because I don't ever have to drink again, but giving up compulsive eating is hard because I have to eat." They are overlooking an important point: We do have to drink.
November 8, 2009 |
Eating Animals Jonathan Safran Foer Little, Brown: 340 pp., $25.99 Looking forward to your turkey dinner? Think twice. It's time, argues Jonathan Safran Foer, to stop lying to ourselves. With all the studies on animal agriculture, pollution, toxic chemicals in factory-farmed animals and exposÃ©s of the appalling cruelty to animals in that industry, he writes in "Eating Animals," "We can't plead ignorance, only indifference. Those alive today are the generations that came to know better.
November 23, 2009 |
Rina Silverman's refrigerator is almost always empty. She keeps it that way to avert episodes of frantic food consumption, often at night after a full meal, in which she tastes nothing and feels nothing but can polish off a party-sized bag of chips or a container of ice cream, maybe a whole box of cereal. The food she's eating at these moments hardly matters. In short order, the nothing that Silverman feels and tastes will give way to nauseating fullness, and a bitter backwash of guilt, shame and self-reproach.
August 22, 2004 |
America's top speed-eater wolfed down 38 lobsters in 12 minutes to win the World Lobster Eating Contest in Kennebunk. Sonya Thomas, of Alexandria, Va., won $500 and a trophy belt for her efforts, consuming 9.76 pounds of lobster meat. Each contestant had a partner removing the meat from the shell. Eleven competitors ate as many lobsters as they could in 12 minutes, a total of 300 pounds. "I have a natural ability because of my stomach capacity," said Thomas, who weighs 105 pounds.