August 12, 2002
I read with interest and some dismay the article "Step Out of the Shade for a Healthy Dose of Vitamin D" (July 8). While the single definitive beneficial effect of ultraviolet radiation on the skin is the production of vitamin D, we needn't promote tanning or unprotected sun exposure. Most of us receive adequate sun exposure even with sunscreen use to synthesize vitamin D or have enough in our diet to meet the normal daily requirement. On the other hand, the risk of overexposure to ultraviolet light has definite risks, most notably skin cancer.
July 16, 1987 |
Getting enough beta carotene in your diet is easier than you might think, and it doesn't even require swallowing countless pills or eating foods that have been fortified with the compound. What is beta carotene and why is it important? A discussion of beta carotene will ultimately end up as a primer on Vitamin A because beta carotene is one of four compounds--carotenoids--which serve as precursors to Vitamin A in the diet.
April 21, 2012 |
The vegan lifestyle isn't mainstream yet, but it's surely on its way thanks to the whole food movement inspired by the likes of "Forks Over Knives" and "Food Inc. " Trendy vegan cookbooks, blogs and personalities continue to multiply as we all get " vegucated ," as do the vegan options served at restaurants. I don't remember the last time I was in a restaurant that didn't serve kale or some sort of braised greens. Then again, this is L.A. But is pushing veganism onto children taking things too far?
June 9, 1985
Your inspiring article about Linus Pauling was truly, I'm sure, done with compassion. However, in presenting a short and personal biography, you inadvertently left this reader on a flat note. A purpose of the article seemed to be your fear that Pauling's memory might be overshadowed by his latest campaign for the effectiveness of Vitamin C. You seem to think he needs a clear-cut victory in order to be held in high esteem. As the article noted, Pauling's political stands have always been on deeply controversial topics.
December 21, 1989 |
Question: I'm curious about the nutritional value of beer (regular and light). Also, how do these compare with soft drinks (regular and diet) as well as with wine? Answer: The following information comes from "Nutritive Value of Foods," U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Home & Garden Bulletin No. 72. Beer--Regular: 12 fluid ounces contain 150 calories, one gram protein, 0 grams fat, 0 milligrams cholesterol, 13 grams carbohydrate, 14 milligrams calcium, 50 milligrams phosphorus, 0.
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March 11, 1989
In response to "Council Urges Major Changes For U.S. Diet," Part I, March 2: The National Research Council urges us to eschew vitamin supplements and eat more fruits, vegetables, grains, lean meat, etc., finding our minerals and vitamins in them. But only recently we were informed that fruits and vegetables, doused with pesticides, are a danger. Contaminated fish, meat and fowl stuffed with hormones are old news. Really, ladies and gentlemen of the Committee on Diet and Health, what are we supposed to do?
November 21, 1993 |
There are ways to be sure your offspring are eating enough vitamin-rich vegetables, says Jody Lander Spector, a registered dietitian at St. Vincent Medical Center and coordinator of its Weight Management Program. Turn vegetables into finger foods whenever possible. They're more fun to eat and easier to handle. Try sliced carrots and cherry tomatoes. Serve cold spinach. Kids often find it more acceptable than warm. Ask your kids to help pick out the vegetables at the market or go to a farmers market.
June 29, 1990
I agreed with all but one word of Lee Dembart's review of the Ralph W. Moss book, "The Cancer Industry: Unravelling the Politics" (June 5). That single, inaccurate word was "dietitians," being used so out of context in association with Laetrilists, vitamin advocates and believers in the power of positive thinking. Perhaps Dembart meant "nutritionists," a word that has no legal meaning. Anyone, including health food store clerks, Nutri-System counselors, sports trainers, Herbalife distributors or even your grandmother, can call themselves a nutritionist.
January 22, 2001
Some thoughts came to mind when reading the article about the supposed news that dark vegetables and fruits do not contain as much vitamin A as previously believed ("Eating Enough Dark Veggies?," Jan. 15). How many decades have we been tampering with and depleting the soil content as well as the plants themselves with fertilizers, pesticides and so on? Now we are treating seeds with growth hormones, picking the vegetables or fruits when they are so far from ripe that they rarely even resemble what they are supposed to look like in their mature color.
August 23, 1986 |
People taking 20 or 30 bone meal tablets every day as a calcium supplement may be giving themselves lead poisoning, a researcher said Friday. The bone meal is safe at normal doses, but some contains minute amounts of lead that could accumulate in the body with so-called "megadoses" taken by many vitamin enthusiasts, said Dr. Badi Boulos of the University of Illinois School of Public Health. "If people are taking the normal two or three tablets a day, we're not concerned," Boulos said.