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Is the Strawberry the Future of American Agriculture? (Day 1)

22. September 2009

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Is the Strawberry the Future of American Agriculture?  (Day 1)

Nutrition Wonderland's first stop of the journey is an exceptionally beautiful place called Oxnard, California. It anchors a rapidly growing area but more importantly, it is the principal city in the Oxnard Plain – one of the most productive agricultural areas in the world. Known as the Strawberry Capital of the World, Oxnard also grows cucumbers, peppers, herbs, oranges, lemons, tomatoes, lima beans – the list goes on. As it turns out, a delicately crafted piece of legislation and high yield crops are all that stands between the region turning into a concrete jungle like formerly agricultural Orange County. Read on to understand the pressures being faced there.

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Nutrition Wonderland’s Tour of America Begins in California

21. September 2009

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Nutrition Wonderland’s Tour of America Begins in California

Nutrition Wonderland's 2009 Tour of America has begun! We are now in California, visiting with a host of organizations that are changing how agriculture and medicine are practiced. If you want to know more about our tour, check out an overview of our mission on this tour. See our stops in the interactive map after the jump...

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When You Should Eat

17. September 2009

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When You Should Eat

More often than not, dieters focus exclusively on what's going into their bodies. They cut out food groups, add food groups, count calories and create meal plans. But research has found out that while what you eat does matter, when you eat has a big impact, too. According to new research from Northwestern University published in the journal Obesity, eating at night can increase weight gain by more than 25%! (Thanks to Zach Sheppard for this photo)

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Book Review: Mindless Eating by Brian Wansink

26. August 2009

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Book Review: Mindless Eating by Brian Wansink

Upon searching for research for my last article about the social aspects of eating, I stumbled upon a book with a very intriguing title. It's called "Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think", and is written by a nutritional scientist by the name of Brian Wansink. In one word: whoa. This book is simply great.

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The Social Side of Eating

17. August 2009

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The Social Side of Eating

Much of nutrition focuses on the individual. You are responsible for picking the right foods, eating healthy, exercising, and doing what's best for your body. Nutrition consultations are one-on-one, focused on the single person's dietary needs and deficiencies. And that's great - if you're single, have no friends, and live and work by yourself. But the truth is most of us are a part of a larger network of people, whether it be because we're married, work in a large office, or have a tight-knit group of friends. Who we eat with, as it turns out, has a big impact on what we eat. To ignore this influence when thinking about diets and food is a recipe for disaster.

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Turmeric and Curcumin Show Major Health Benefits

13. August 2009

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Turmeric and Curcumin Show Major Health Benefits

July was a big month for the herb tumeric, as a host of different studies and articles were published linking the bright yellow flavonoid found in the herb called curcumin to pain relief, protection against Alzheimer's and lowered risk of breast cancer. This new information adds to mounting evidence of the powerful role this herb can play as an anti-inflammatory agent in the body. Image thanks to _william @ flickr.

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Understanding our Bodies: Dopamine and Its Rewards

31. July 2009

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Understanding our Bodies: Dopamine and Its Rewards

As much as we’d like to deny it, there’s a lot more involved in our decision making when it comes to food than just the advice of our inner and outer nutritionists. For the most part, we know that we should be eating. Yet time and time again when a friend asks us if we [...]

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Autism and Gluten Free Casein Free Diets: The Latest Findings

30. July 2009

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Autism and Gluten Free Casein Free Diets: The Latest Findings

Monday, the Mayo Clinic published one of the first comprehensive examinations of autistic dietary patterns in the journal Pediatrics, finding that autistic children suffer from some but not all digestive maladies more than did their non-autistic counterparts over the study's 18 year examination. Pediatrics also published an equally compelling finding about the autoimmune disorder Celiac's disease (gluten allergy) and autism, confirming for the first time there is a strong correlation between the two often bewitching conditions. Both studies underscore the nature/nurture debate surrounding the still obscure causes of autism; is it merely a genetic disorder or a genetic predisposition pushed by environmental toxins? And what can dietary interventions, like the oft prescribed gluten-free casein-free diet, do for autistic children? (Image part of the outstanding series HUMaN BeING from flickr user alainelorza)

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Food as a Household Tool: The Other Uses for Food Besides Eating

27. July 2009

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Food as a Household Tool: The Other Uses for Food Besides Eating

Got some extra food lying around the house that you don't know quite what to do with? Maybe you can use that food for something...more interesting. Food as household tools, coming up following the break >

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Coconut Blasted Pork Loin With Grilled Scallions

20. July 2009

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Coconut Blasted Pork Loin With Grilled Scallions

Recipe makes 4 to 6 servings

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