Choosing a truly healthy diet can be a monumental source of confusion. Contradictory advice from so-called experts is all over the map. Differences among diets of long-lived, healthy people around the world also add to the mystery. Here are a few ideas for how you can sort it all out. [Read more…]
This simple tartare recipe made for a delicious lunch on a recent Saturday. Unlike most recipes, virtually all of the time required is in preparation … since there is no cooking involved. My reasons behind creating tartare dishes of steak and tuna are twofold: 1) I am always up for a new epicurean adventure (see, e.g., Got a Good Recipe for Beef Liver or Heart Carpaccio?; and, 2) I am continually upgrading the health benefits of my diet (more on that later). [Read more…]
High fructose corn syrup may be one of the worst synthetic food additives in human history. That’s right – it is synthetic, not natural. And it is a poison. Here is what it does to you. [Read more…]
You haven’t lived unless you’ve experienced a mackerel head smoothie. Absolutely delightful. And more nutritious than almost anything else you can put down your gullet. Just in case you’ve been holding back until you could find a good recipe, here is how to make one. Easy-peasy. The whole family will just love it. [Read more…]
Eating is wonderful. Except when it isn’t. Such as when it exposes you to the monumentally dangerous substances that scientists call advanced glycation end products (AGEs). AGEs speed up aging and underlie many degenerative diseases, including diabetes, atherosclerosis, chronic renal failure, Alzheimer’s disease, high blood pressure, stroke, osteopenia, and generation of epithelial cancers.
Unfortunately, scientific jargon about AGEs has kept this all-important topic from becoming a popular subject on social media and at parties, picnics and family gatherings. We clearly need a new term that the public can understand and talk about intelligently.
Since AGEs represent oxidation gone amok, and since oxidation is a burning of sorts, I propose that we refer to AGEs as Burnt Crap in Foods (BCFs). There, isn’t that better? Now let’s delve into BCFs to see what they do, where they are, and how to minimize damage to your health from them. [Read more…]
Smart people like Dr. Oz can sure say some dumb things that can be downright scary. His latest diatribe against red meat warns about yet another heart risk in this food. As usual, he cites weak or nonexistent science to support his view. [Read more…]
Why would anyone want to eat a fish head? If you aren’t too culturally isolated, you might be surprised by how good it can be. Besides, fish heads are a phenomenal health food, especially for brain health. Gee, who wouldn’t want that? My first experience cooking it was quite an adventure. Here are a few of my personal discoveries that you might benefit from when you make your first foray into this wonderful delicacy. [Read more…]
Does saturated fat really ruin your health? Not really. Modern medical advice to avoid it is just plain wrong. Curious? Read on. [Read more…]
You will never be healthy by following the latest federal dietary guidelines. They are a mixed bag of advice – some good, some bad, some ugly. Although the feds purport to use scientific research as the basis for their guidelines, nothing could be further from the truth. Lobbyists for agribusiness have more sway than science. Let’s take a look at some of the highs and lows of the latest federal recommendations. [Read more…]
Calorie counting is simplistic, weak-minded, thoughtless, and dogmatic. Gee, I hope I am not being too wishy-washy about what I really think here. [Read more…]