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.
April 2, 2007 |
Nearly everyone gets food cravings from time to time. Pregnant women are famous for their midnight yearnings for pickles and ice cream. And the desire for chocolate is the stuff of legend. It's tempting to believe -- as many people do -- that cravings are the body's way of telling us we're lacking a certain nutrient that the food we crave can supply. Chocolate, the belief goes, might soothe a broken heart by replacing compounds lost in oceans of tears.
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.
March 1, 2000 |
A couple of years ago, Yale University researchers came out with a study advocating a "fat tax." Much of the country laughed. The measure, designed to lower billowing obesity rates in the United States, would have placed taxes on foods loaded with fat and cholesterol, and subsidized the cost of fruits and vegetables. Interviewed in 1998, Yale professor Kelly D.
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.