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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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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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JBS Swift Beef Recalls 400,000+ Pounds of Beef, E.coli 0157:H7 Outbreak in 13 States

Friday, June 26, 2009

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JBS Swift Beef Recalls 400,000+ Pounds of Beef, E.coli 0157:H7 Outbreak in 13 States

JBS Swift has voluntarily recalled 42,000 pounds of beef packaged in late April from 13 states at the request of the USDA after fears of another e.coli 0157:H7 outbreak. This news comes only one week after last Friday's major Nestle E.coli 0157:H7 outbreak in cookie dough. The USDA has classified the outbreak as a 'Class I Recall' which is the highest level of severity their FSIS division applies to any recall. Follow the read link to get the whole story (thanks to JC Westbrook of Flickr for the nice shot).

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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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Are Chicken Sandwiches More Nutritious Than Burgers?

Friday, May 15, 2009

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Are Chicken Sandwiches More Nutritious Than Burgers?

Many of us buy prepackaged meals in the hopes of eating healthier without having to cook. We assume that a chicken salad sandwich, for example, is better for us than a Big Mac. But what do we really get when we eat ready-made meals? Which?, a consumer advocate organization in the UK, decided to find out.

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FRESH The Movie

Monday, April 27, 2009

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The Sialic Quirk of Humanity

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

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The Sialic Quirk of Humanity

Why are people susceptible to so much disease? How is it that the most sophisticated creatures on planet earth succumb, sometimes completely, to some of the most simplistic viruses, like the flu? We would expect that our bodies have seen every intruder possible in our evolutionary trek to becoming human - and should have developed a solution. But we haven't. So, what then is this evolutionary step that has made us so susceptible to microscopic pathogens? A fascinating physician-scientist may have uncovered the answer.

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