At any given time, over 100 million Americans are on a diet (MarketResearch .com 2014). That’s about a third of the U.S. population. Despite the hundreds of best- seller diet books and the $60-plus billion Americans spend trying to lose weight each year (Marketdata Enterprises 2014), permanent weight loss remains elusive for most. Even so, dozens of diets remain on the market, each with ardent followers and outspoken opponents.
Which is better: A “natural” product or an “organic” one? Eggs from “cage-free,” “pastured” or “vegetarian-fed” chickens? “Grass-fed” or “grass-finished” beef? “Low-fat” or “reduced-fat” snacks? Or do these terms mean anything at all?
The supply is there, and so is the demand, so why not shop local farms and farmers’ markets from your laptop?
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People around the world are getting more thoughtful about their food and are seeking quality, sustainability and big flavor on the plate.
Largely driven by chefs, microbakers, microbrewers and small-operation farmers, the growing trend for reviving our culinary history includes dogged pursuit and then loving cultivation of near-extinct heirloom crops and livestock. Dedicated artisans are bringing back some foods from the brink of extinction.
In her book, JJ Virgin’s Sugar Impact Diet (2014 Hachette), the eponymous author, personal trainer and nutrition expert explains how different sugars react differently in the body and outlines the “seven most damaging sugars we eat every day without realizing it.” This recipe is a perfect way to show your loved ones you care about them on Valentine’s Day—or whenever the occasion calls for a delicious dessert. It’s beautiful to look at, and nutritious and sweet in all the right ways!
Question: I keep hearing and reading about the alkaline diet. Can you explain how it works and if it’s as good as it appears to be?
Answer: You are right—the alkaline diet seems to be having “a moment.” While the theory behind the diet has yet to be scientifically proven, at its core it is a healthy regimen.
THE BODY’S PH
A new study shows that the widespread use of artificial sweeteners in drinks and food may cause certain gut bacteria to induce glucose intolerance and metabolic disease, both significant markers for obesity and diabetes.
Long promoted as aids to weight loss and diabetes prevention, artificial sweeteners may actually affect the composition and function of your gut’s microorganisms, disturbing their balance and hastening metabolic changes. Published last September in the journal Nature, the study outlines the results of trials conducted on both mice and humans.
Who would have ever dreamed that on the same educational line-up that includes a master class for white Burgundy wines, you’d also find celebrity chefs Robert Irvine, Andrew Zimmern and Todd English mixing it up with thousands of kids and parents to demonstrate with passion that there’s more to food than processed, fast and off-the-shelf? newsletter_teaser: Who would have ever dreamed that on the same educational line-up that includes a master class for white Burgundy wines, you’d also find celebrity chefs Robert Irvine, Andrew Zimmern and Todd English mixing it up with thousands of kids and parents to demonstrate with passion that there’s more to food than processed, fast and off-the-shelf?