Fun With Fruit
Fruit is one of those things that suffers from the weekly, monthly, yearly swing in and then out of favor when it comes to a healthy diet.
Although it is full of great things it is also full of sugar so as a result the variation in what people say you should be eating when it comes to fruit varies wildly.
Personally I think the best way to look at it would be from a natural perspective.
Fruit that is available all year round is unnatural.
I can go to my local fruit guy or to the supermarket any time of the year and buy an apple.
That’s just not normal!
And I believe it is also not healthy to always be eating those apples because obviously except for a few weeks of the year those apples are coming from somewhere other than locally.
They have been most likely in storage for months and probably contain very little of their original nutritional value.
But they still have the sugar!
My take on fruit is one or two fruits a day and only what is in season.
Before modern agriculture it is very unlikely that any of us had continual access to fruit on a daily basis so a little probably goes a long way.
The other thing I like to keep in mind is that if I am going to enjoy fruit then I want it to pack as much value as possible and in light of that I want some antioxidants.
Here’s a list of the best sources of antioxidant fruit.
What Happens When You Hold Your Pee?
FoodBabe Strikes Again!
Ah she’s at it again and this time has a very popular brand of processed meats in her sights.
Yes Foodbabe is back with a vengeance that many producers of food can attest to.
This time round she is taking a look at Boar’s Head meats which is a very popular brand of processed meats sold in Deli’s all across America.
The interesting part of the story is not really the ingredients she is calling into question.
The really interesting part is the reaction on the part of the manufacturer.
As usual with brands like this they have immediately started the kicking and screaming and shutting down comments on their social media sites… same old same old.
Of course by reacting this way (and they all do it) they immediately look as guilty as sin!
I really don’t understand why they keep using the same playbook over and over given that it just never works out well. It’s not as though handling bad PR in the modern world of social media is a such a big mystery.
All you have to do is acknowledge the concerns, minimize the apparent dangers and then go on to explain how you are committed to change blah, blah.
These numpties are so used to controlling the conversation and dictating the terms under which it is carried out that they get all uppity about the fact that someone started a conversation that they didn’t approve of.
Their arrogance is always their undoing.
The Science of Internet Trolls
Approximately 13 percent of men and about 7 percent of women in the U.S will at some point in their lives experience the horror of kidney stones.
I don’t use the word horror from my own perspective having never had one but friends who have told me horror was a good word to use!
Like many modern ailments kidney stones can largely be put down to problems with diet and exercise and also the king of them all… lack of water.
Take a few minutes to check out the article linked below just to brush up on the kinds of things that are likely to precipitate kidney stones and save yourself the excruciating experience of passing one!
- 13 Unknown Warning Signs That You’ll Get Kidney Stones (And How To Prevent Them)
Low Carbs for Diabetics
The obvious problem diabetes sufferers have is maintaining tight control over their blood sugar levels.
Obviously drinking a bottle of soda or taking an insulin shot are very fast and effective ways to raise or lower that sugar level!
However going to extremes is not really the answer and can actually lead to further complications.
So the difficulty is how to keep things on an even keel?
Simply controlling sugar intake goes a long way but diabetes patients also have to deal with secondary sugars created by eating carbohydrates.
Carbs get converted to sugar and the out of control cycle can get started pretty quickly.
Check out the guide below to a healthy low card solution to living with diabetes.
More Industry Funded Studies
It’s Alway Good to Keep Score!
Over on Food Politics this week Marion Nestle provides a timely update on the score so far for industry sponsored “studies.”
It seems that at the moment the scoreline is that out of 95 studies so far, only 9 have returned unfavorable results as far the sponsor goes with the other 86 providing evidence that the sponsors product or position is valid.
This kind of bias is just so obvious and only serves to render just about all studies as being utterly meaningless.
I think that they should be outlawed entirely as in the end they serve no-one effectively except for those with a vested interest in profiting from them.
Some Acne Tips
Given that the main portion of this site is actually dedicated to the subject of acne I am always a little reluctant to post article on the subject that don’t provide full and complete information.
My personal experience with this subject has led me first hand to see the kind of exploitation of the problem of those who suffer from it.
The one size fits all treatments programs, the useless creams and preparations selling nothing more than hope, it’s not a good look.
Anyway I did come across this article with an embedded video that although hardly a lengthy discourse on the subject does at least attempt to help you to isolate the source or your acne.
Most of the “cures” or “treatments” they mention are the usual suspects and they remain that way because in many light cases of acne they can be effective individually or taken as an overall routine.
However you have to keep in mind that the source of YOUR acne if you suffer from it will be to a greater or lesser degree YOUR source.
It will most likely be a factor or combination of factor unique to you, your body and your lifestyle so whilst an interesting article to read keep the big picture in mind.