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The Protein Problem: Eating Healthy While Making The Least Ecological Impact

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

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The Protein Problem: Eating Healthy While Making The Least Ecological Impact

It would be great if we could just stop eating meat all together. But there's one problem - we need complete dietary protein, and about 60 grams a day of it. This is what I call the Protein Problem: the problem is that we need a lot of protein, nutritionally speaking, but producing it is an ecological nightmare. If you've read my post about why protein is so nutritionally important, you know that meat is simply the best source of complete dietary protein. But is becoming vegetarian and eating tofu the solution to our protein problem? Unfortunately, it's not that simple.

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GMOs: Frankenfood or Evolutionary Advance?

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

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GMOs: Frankenfood or Evolutionary Advance?

Why are crops and animals being modified? What GMOs are currently on the market? What new GMOs are being created? Good questions... (thanks to klar!! on flickr for that cool art.)

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Seafood Watch Super Green List

Thursday, November 19, 2009

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Seafood Watch Super Green List

The Monterey Bay Aquarium has released a new 'super green' list of the best seafood choices you can make as a consumer. We have the list annotated here for you.

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Making the Connection Between Sustainable Seafood and Nutrition

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

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Making the Connection Between Sustainable Seafood and Nutrition

You have a lot of choices as a consumer. Those choices alter the marketplace. You influence what kind of movies Hollywood produces when you stand in line to buy tickets, debating between an action thriller and a romantic comedy. And the choices you make when it comes to your dinner, particularly which fish you pick for the 16 pounds of seafood the average American eats every year, drive the fisheries hauling in over 11 billion pounds of fish annually. Choices make a difference, not only from an economic perspective, but from a nutritional and ecological one.

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Plastic Troubles: Brominated Flame Retardants (PBDEs)

Thursday, September 3, 2009

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Plastic Troubles: Brominated Flame Retardants (PBDEs)

Almost all pure plastics are inherently flammable. When exposed to heat and flame, the polymers in plastics split into smaller, more volatile pieces. The only thing that keeps most plastics from going up in smoke are the flame retardants mixed into the plastics themselves. But at what cost? (Thanks to dominicspics on flickr for the shot)

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Understanding Our Bodies: Amino Acids Are Important

Monday, July 20, 2009

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Understanding Our Bodies: Amino Acids Are Important

Whether the strategy is to cut carbs or to cut fat or to cut calories in general, just about everyone agrees that protein is good for you. But why? And do the sources make a difference? What about protein makes it so important, and what do you need to include in your diet to reap the benefits? What happens when we don't have it? (Thanks to Flickr user TKnoxB for the image)

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Understanding Our Bodies: Serotonin, The Connection Between Food and Mood

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

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Understanding Our Bodies: Serotonin, The Connection Between Food and Mood

Continuing the series on The Physiology of Nutrition, I present to you the connection between food and mood - serotonin.

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Understanding Our Bodies: Leptin (The Fullness Hormone)

Monday, June 15, 2009

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Understanding Our Bodies: Leptin (The Fullness Hormone)

Here is part one of a new series I call "Understanding Our Bodies" - nutrition based on how our bodies work. And to kick it off is a little explanation of the fullness hormone: Leptin.

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One Fat, Two Fat, Is Any Fat a Good Fat?

Thursday, May 28, 2009

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One Fat, Two Fat, Is Any Fat a Good Fat?

One of the most confusing things when it comes to proper nutrition is the role of fats. We're constantly told that fats are evil things which will expand our bellies to the size of hot air balloons. Recent research has found that the low-fat diet trend is simply wrong for us- we're not supposed to have no fat in our diets. you just have to know which is which.

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The Best Nutrition to Beautify Your Skin

Thursday, April 2, 2009

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The Best Nutrition to Beautify Your Skin

So you want to look good without dousing your skin in all kinds of chemicals you can't pronounce? Scientists have spent a lot of time looking at how different foods and their nutritional components affect our skin. It turns out there are some compounds which are really good for our skin that we can add to our diets - and they tend to have other benefits, too, like improving the immune system or fighting cancer. Here are the big ones you should make sure you aren't lacking in... (picture from Flickr User: FranUlloa)

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