Tag: Nutrition

Candice Thompson is a comedian, writer, actor and host of the podcast Nosy Neighbors which breaks down the  most absurd neighborhood app posts of the week. She and Bridget discuss how everybody wants to label you so they know what to think about you, why they don’t trust groups, their paths to stand-up comedy, their worst comedy bomb experiences, why hemp is the buffalo of plants, normalizing knife fights, and why people are so staunch in their defense a celebrity they’ve never met. Candice shares her experience being a light skinned black girl, and the complexities of being mixed race in a country obsessed with race, her exploration of nutrition and spirituality, and why she got kicked out of a wedding for a stand-up set. It’s a hilarious conversation that goes from lentils to racism to fat shaming, why our bodies are miracles, people who take pride in their victimhood, and the etiquette of throwing away dog poop.

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Even before sufficient data on who is the most vulnerable to the virus was known (certainly by this past summer), encouragement to engage in regular exercise, commit to better nutrition, and proactively work to strengthen one’s immune system (get daily sunshine when possible and use over the counter vitamin and mineral supplements) should have accompanied […]

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Panicky Grocery Shoppers Rediscover Canned Foods – That’s Good!

 

Rich Zeoli is a popular morning radio talk show host in Philadelphia. On Saturday morning, he tweeted out a photo of nearly empty canned soup shelves at his southern New Jersey grocery store. It was something I thought I’d never see again – depleted soup shelves.

Amidst the fears that were spread this week about Coronavirus (COVID-19), including governments shutting down schools, public parks, and demands for the closure of “non-essential” businesses – even state-owned liquor stores here in Pennsylvania — Americans flooded neighborhood retail food shops to stockpile whatever would fit in their grocery carts. The dusty, sometimes-forgotten “center store,” where the shelf-stable “processed” foods have sometimes languished was rediscovered.

And it’s about time.

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It’s been thirteen years this month since John Ioannidis published an article in PLoS Medicine entitled Why Most Published Research Findings Are False. Arguably, this article kicked off interest in the replication crisis. He’s back again, this time in JAMA, to warn us to be skeptical of nutrition research, as if we needed that warning. “The field needs radical reform.”

The majority of nutritional advice advocating the consumption or avoidance of specific foods (superfoods, killer foods) is based on epidemiological studies. Ioannidis notes that “…almost all foods revealed statistically significant associations with mortality risk.” Yet the causal connection is rarely established even as dietary recommendations are made based on such studies. Taken at face value, the results lead to unlikely conclusions that fail the sniff test:

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As some of you may know, I am a Vegan. I wasn’t always a Vegan; as a matter of fact, in another life I was a French Chef. My story of being raised a vegetarian, then becoming a carnivore, and moving back to a Vegan is unique and based on my own experiences. I don’t […]

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Apparently, yes: Beginning in December of 2016, restaurants with more than 20 locations will be required to provide calorie information on their menus, despite evidence that this does not influence ordering decisions. This new mandate is part of the multi-stage Obamacare rule roll-out. Preview Open

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Is a Calorie Just a Calorie?

 

shutterstock_132337193Many of us agree that experts generally cause more trouble than they are worth. The views they espouse often have more to do with ideology than with the subject matter about which they are expert. At the same time their expert status, often being based on some species of “science,” gives them a form of immunity to criticism, and immediately identifies their critics as Neanderthals (or worse, conservatives). Sooner or later, however, though it is often very much later, experts who base their views on ideology are defeated by actual facts, and if they are not entirely routed they will at least have to fall back into a more rearward trench.

The Progressive experts who in the 1970s foisted upon Americans the new dogma that low-fat diets are the means to prevent heart disease and cancer have been driven for a decade from their forward positions, and back into less substantial breastworks. As I pointed out in an earlier post, the latest rationale our dietary experts offer for insisting we continue avoiding at least saturated fat (if not all fat) is to fight global warming. (You may think this is not a very defensible position to be fighting from, but it is not as astounding as it first may seem, global warming being ultimately responsible for all of mankind’s ills.)

I would now like to point out another aspect of our dietary experts’ battle against dietary fat which you may not think can possibly have an ideological aspect, but which nonetheless does: The idea that a calorie is just a calorie.

Food Politics and Obesity

 

Given Barkha’s recent thread on obesity, I thought I’d sum up what I’ve learned about this topic in the past few years and some of what was discussed in that thread. I’m going to try to keep this concise and on-topic, so do not consider this to be a comprehensive analysis of the very large topic of human obesity. It is, I think, a reasonable theory that will explain the bulk (sorry) of the American obesity epidemic.

It’s Just Calories, Right?

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I live in an area with a large Sikh population, and today is Punjabi Day at the high school where I work.  I just got an email that samosas will not be served today because they don’t meet the government nutritional standards.  I was so looking forward to eating some delicious homemade samosas!  What despicable nanny […]

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Five Proposals For Reforming The TSA

 

Your tax dollars at work.Fourteen years is more than enough time for the so-called services of any government agency to go from “controversial inception”  to an “untouchable entitlement.” No agency exemplifies this quite like the the Department of Homeland Security and its enforcement minions at the TSA.

Why is this so? Much of it is due to the managed expectations of Americans themselves. Far from being resentful, many Americans seem grateful at the FAA’s overturning of its long-overdue ban on such brazenly unpatriotic behavior as reading a Kindle after the plane has left its gate.

No longer is the government the last one in the room to get the joke – that attribute belongs to government’s primary constituency: progressives.

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Over at PJMedia, I have a piece up today on how the FDA, the USDA, and Michelle Obama, not to mention ObamaCare, are ruining our and our kids’ health, while causing vast amounts of money to be wasted, based on junk nutrition science. It’s particularly worth getting up to speed on what a healthy diet […]

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Our Nannyist overlords from Bloomberg to the Obamas are notorious for skipping over serious scientific work to apply the hammer fist of the state in obtrusive and demeaning ways designed to undermine the freedoms of great and free nations based on the stockpile of papers available when grant seekers and Nannyists converge. Obviously, as an […]

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The good folks at the Independent Women’s Forum sent a letter the other day to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack expressing concern about the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee becoming overly ideological. Brace yourself: The guidelines recommend taking great care to feed humanity while being mindful of the carbon footprint consuming food requires … no matter the […]

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Science, Diet, and Arrogance

 

One of the most read articles in the Wall Street Journal over the past few days has been a piece discussing recent research challenging the conventional wisdom about the health risks of saturated fat:

“Saturated fat does not cause heart disease”—or so concluded a big study published in March in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine. How could this be? The very cornerstone of dietary advice for generations has been that the saturated fats in butter, cheese and red meat should be avoided because they clog our arteries. For many diet-conscious Americans, it is simply second nature to opt for chicken over sirloin, canola oil over butter.