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The Clear Science on Fats is Really Fuzzy

“The main problem with the past decades’ low-fat trend is that it has been misinterpreted.”

That’s how the Los Angeles Times article begins (it reminds me of being on the playground with that know-it-all who is never wrong just misinterpreted). And then it is elaborated upon by Dr. David Heber, founding director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition:  “There is no real low-fat controversy, the problem wasn’t low fat; the problem was that when we lowered fat content, we increased carbohydrate and sugar content.”

Here’s the problem with that statement and they say it themselves: “If you cut back on saturated fat, you’re going to replace it with either unsaturated fat or carbohydrates. The type of replacement can have a major impact on health outcomes.” (at the time of the advice, they believed “fat was fat” btw) Continue reading


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Can we start being as kind to Saturated Fat as we would an (unfairly) Jilted Lover?

My Sunday morning peruse of recipes and news led me to click on Jamie Oliver’s post “Dairy & gluten-free Chocolate Chip and Avocado Cookies”. It started off very politically correct and Jamie (correction: This was written by Bee Berrie of Bee’s Bakery) carefully skirting any political do’s or don’ts of agreement on removing such things as gluten and dairy and just discussing the joys of learning something new. This is the way many of us live our lives exploring options and respecting others curiosity and even issues. He does such a great job of expressing this until he gets to one sentence. “… butter is high in saturated fat – the bad type of fat that can increase the levels of cholesterol in your bloodstream”. I don’t blame Jamie Bee she is only repeating what she has heard. Replacing or getting larger variety of fats is healthy for us. But calling saturated fat “bad” is like yelling at your dog or your lover that he/she is bad when they misbehave. Continue reading


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“Are “Genes Are To Blame” Articles Really Leading the Public Astray?” The Epigenetics of Stress Mechanisms in Disease

 

MindHacks” writer Vaughan Bell’s tweet subsequently retweeted by “Not Exactly Rocket Science” Blogger Ed Yong states that the media turns “blame your genes” into attention-grabbing headlines. They worry the headlines are misleading the public into thinking they are no longer responsible for their problems. That the articles are for those who want to absolve themselves of responsibility for badly behaving toddlers or so they can blame their genes rather than themselves for being a lazy couch potato or binge eating. If we can blame our genes then we’re not responsible, right? But where does that thought process come from? Most likely from our instruction that genes are out of our control random things we inherent from our parents. Therefore if genes are to blame, then we, our environment, is not. Those were our choices, either our genes or our environment were to blame for such things.

In defense of the articles, that is not what the authors or researchers seem to be actually saying.  Continue reading


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Is drinking a Coca-Cola equivalent to drinking Apple Juice?

So I was out to lunch with a friend when he expressed to me that drinking a coke was no different than drinking an apple juice. That side-by-side the sugar content is similar (sugar, is sugar, is sugar) and therefore the potential negative impacts were equivalent. (*Note: My friend stated “no matter how fresh squeezed, cloudy or full of nutrients it was”).

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Why I’m crazy about Sauces!! Korean Fried Chicken Wings and the awesome benefits of Meju and traditional Gochujang (fermented red chili paste)

Korean Fried Chicken from EatTheLove.com

Korean Fried Chicken from EatTheLove.com

Do you or do you not love chicken wings? Are you scared of them because you may think they are horribly bad for us or do you throw caution to the wind because they are just so wonderfully delicious with messy addictive sauces?!?

Well, here at The Meal Matters it’s all about the synergy of ingredients balancing the potential stress of a meal.  Continue reading


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Food Stamp Challenge #1: Replace $1.59 Wendy’s Bacon cheeseburger.

Replacing the quintessential cheap fast food: The CheeseBurger

 

image   $1.59 or

$1.54?  image

You could probably make a straight up better cheeseburger, but I’m looking for instant satisfaction, quick and portable. I’ll  be packing or eating at home, so I wanted a similar convenience.  I thought a quick charcuterie-type food would be my perfect quick ‘snack food”. Traditional. Healthy. Satisfyingly deep, rich, bright and light.

Both of these items contain about the same amount of fat and calories (310) and the cost is almost the same. Continue reading


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If fructose is so bad for us why does it taste so awesome?

Lollipop ~

Lollipop ~ (Photo credit: J I N N e e Răng Thỏ :x)

In a recent lawsuit a family is suing the Corn industry for $5 million dollars saying HFCS caused their 14-year-old daughter’s type II diabetes. I have no idea how that is going to turn out, but it will be interesting to watch.

It makes one wonder that we know this ingredient has these potential dangers but why is it in everything and why are we as human beings so attracted to it?

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