Archive | October, 2009

Understanding Our Bodies: The Role of Antioxidants

26. October 2009

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Understanding Our Bodies: The Role of Antioxidants

Are antioxidants good for you? To answer that question, you have to understand reactive oxygen species, or ROS. And to do that, you have to understand how your cells produce energy. In this article, we uncover the processes of oxidation and explain it in the context of your health and well being.

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Food System 2.0: Can New Approaches Make Local Food Happen?

9. October 2009

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Food System 2.0: Can New Approaches Make Local Food Happen?

What is the price of food? $3.99 for a gallon of milk? $0.99 for an energy bar? Complex market and policy forces make those prices. Its a process that starts far from the point of sale. Centralizing our food into fast food chains and supermarkets causes the farms that feed the system to scale up into mega-sized operations. The idyllic, diverse farms of American lore were long ago converted into monocrop fields of staple grains, hog farms with hundreds of thousands of head and distribution centers bigger than football fields. But how do you make food scale back to something more reasonable, a new system in which communities connect with the food being grown there? Is it even possible, nay desirable? We saw a couple examples of new approaches to these questions in the San Francisco area during our Tour of America recently. One deals with technology while the other with community. Both are necessary components in what should become Food System 2.0. (Thanks to Flickr User Fazen for the cool shot).

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Does Sugar Make You Violent?

6. October 2009

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Does Sugar Make You Violent?

If you read the nutrition science headlines, you might have seen these: "Giving in to pester power can make your child a thug" or "Daily sweets 'linked to violence'". They refer to a new paper that just came out which claims that eating sugary snacks every day as a child has an impact on your behavior as an adult. The idea seems impossible. I mean, sure, we all have thought about slugging that really slow guy in the line in front of us at the ice cream parlor when we're craving a nice, double scoop of Death by Chocolate. But giving my child a piece of chocolate after dinner every night can't make him into a violent person... Or can it?

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Nutrition Wonderland Travels to the Intermountain West

5. October 2009

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Nutrition Wonderland Travels to the Intermountain West

Nutrition Wonderland marches eastward towards Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado after an incredibly interesting time in California learning about development + agriculture in Oxnard, food safety in Monterey, sustainable farming in Watsonville, and a few other stories we are still putting together.

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