Tag Archive | "omega-3"

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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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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Brain Food: Nuts! (Part 1)

Thursday, June 4, 2009

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Brain Food: Nuts! (Part 1)

Many foods are packed with compounds that help boost memory, concentration, motor skills, and mental clarity but nuts are special. All kinds of nuts have been shown to be great brain boosters and here we review the science behind those claims. Thanks to flickr user Noël Zia Lee for the great 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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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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Mailbag: Smart Balance versus Butter

Friday, March 27, 2009

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Mailbag: Smart Balance versus Butter

Is Smart Balance is better than using butter?

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There Is Something Fishy About Intelligence

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

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There Is Something Fishy About Intelligence

Some fresh-caught research from Sweden found that a fish-laden diet improved the cognitive performance of teenage boys even when a whole slew of other variables were taken into account. [Great photo thanks to Jacob Bøtter's generous licensing over at Flickr]

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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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Organic Fish Standards Announced by the USDA

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

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Organic Fish Standards Announced by the USDA

Last week, the USDA announced their first organic guidelines for fish. The new guidelines uphold some of the traditional mainstays of organic agriculture, like banning the use of antibiotics, hormones, pesticides and GMO feed in some instances while weakening other provisions at the same time. Most notable in the new guidelines is the inclusion of a loophole that allows aquaculture farms to obtain up to 25% of their feed from unregulated wild seafood stock (see the NOSB draft literature). The loophole does specify that organic producers use 'sustainable' wild seafood as the feed for their fish stocks but does not go so far as to require 100% organic feed. This is the first time ANY livestock producer (NOTE: the USDA classifies fisheries as 'livestock') has been allowed to include any non-organic feed into their own animal's feed.

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