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May 24, 2010
Re "The War on Salt Goes Corporate," May 17, you missed the saltiest of all: fried chicken. Also, we always laugh when the Food Network chef says "a little bit of salt, a little bit of pepper" — every few minutes! John Albritton Laguna Beach • That article on salt may be the best one written for The Times all year. I'm also dismayed by the "serving size" on packaged foods, which is always smaller than an average person's serving, further misleading the consumer as to how much sodium they are actually getting.
October 17, 2011 | By James S. Fell, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Dear Friend: You drew me to your website with promises of rapid muscle gain and even faster fat loss. I know we're friends because that's the first thing I saw at the top of your home page: "Dear Friend. " That makes it official, doesn't it? And now I'm upset because you're not being a very good friend. I think you've been lying to me. First, I'm not sure if the body pictured on your website is really you. If it is, then why is the head chopped off? I mean, your abdominals are so sculpted and oily and hairless, and your muscles are bulging — why wouldn't you want to include your face in that photo?
August 15, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Surprisingly skinny mice created in a Seattle genetics lab may offer hints at why some people can eat all they want and still stay thin. Researchers have found that with a single genetic alteration, they can turn up a natural metabolic furnace in mice so the animals burn more fat. Experts said people might eventually be able to control their weight by doing the same thing, or by exploiting related processes.
May 2, 1988
New evidence that chubby people have sluggish nervous systems may help explain one of the great injustices of dieting--that some people burn up calories more quickly than others. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, supports the theory that many fat people get that way because their bodies are extra-fuel efficient. Earlier research has documented that obese men and women often have lower metabolic rates.
April 30, 1990 | Compiled from Times Wire and Staff Reports
A study of human-sized turtles suggests dinosaurs were able to regulate their body temperatures in warm and cool climates much like large mammals, researchers reported in the journal Nature. The study has added to a growing body of evidence that dinosaurs were not the sluggish, lumbering, cold-blooded reptiles depicted in Godzilla movies, but lively, sociable beasts that acted much like animals do today.
January 17, 1989 | THOMAS H. MAUGH II, Times Science Writer
The first concrete evidence that stuttering and a second speech disorder called spasmodic dysphonia are caused by biochemical abnormalities rather than by emotional disturbances was presented here Monday by University of Texas researchers. Stuttering affects one in every 100 people in the U.S. and spasmodic dysphonia, in which the larynx spasms to choke off words, affects perhaps a tenth as many. The discoveries, presented at a meeting of the American Assn.
November 28, 2005 | Jeannine Stein, Times Staff Writer
When it comes to dodging weight gain, high blood pressure and diabetes, most of us go for the cardio, trudging on the treadmill or easing into the elliptical trainer to slim down and get healthy. But aerobic activities aren't the only workouts that help stave off these problems, it turns out.
November 21, 2005
Chromium is an essential trace mineral found in a variety of foods, including whole grains, cereals, spices (such as black pepper), broccoli, mushrooms, cheese, seafood and meat. In the body, it plays a role in metabolizing fats and carbohydrates and controlling blood levels of sugar. The body has a hard time absorbing chromium supplements in mineral form; it is absorbed more easily when it's bound to another molecule.
September 24, 2007 | Mary Beckman, Special to The Times
Oprah Winfrey recently informed the nation on "Good Morning America" that she "blew out her thyroid" at the end of last season because of stress. But that isn't exactly a medical term. No one blows out a thyroid, says endocrinologist Dr. Terry Smith of Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. "What is that? Like a right rear tire on a Ferrari?" he asks.
March 4, 2014 | By Melissa Healy
Consuming high levels of protein - particularly animal protein - is a bad strategy if you're at midlife and aiming to live into old age, new research finds. But a study out Tuesday reveals that in older age, fortifying one's diet with more protein-rich foods appears to be a formula for extending life. An article published in the journal Cell Metabolism says that, over an 18-year study period, middle-aged Americans who had the highest consumption of protein were more than four times as likely to die of cancer or diabetes, and twice as likely to die of any cause, than those whose diets were lowest in protein.
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