Had dinner last evening at Macaroni Grill — don’t ask, it wasn’t my choice.
What’s up with the water tumblers they use to serve the house chianti? That some sort of tradition from somewhere, or just an affectation of the chain?
Oh, yeah: food C-, service D.
“Colorado, the least fat state in 2011, would be the heaviest had they reported their current rate of obesity 20 years ago. That’s how much we’ve slipped.”
From Timothy Egan in a column, Learning About Food Consumption from the French.
The other day the doctor told me to carefully watch my sodium intake. He said one piece of pizza has 900 mg.
I laughed and laughed. Who eats just one piece of pizza?
If yesterday was an average day, around 6,600 Americans alive Wednesday are not alive today. About 2,600 of those deaths yesterday were sudden.
Like the 39-year-old firefighter who fell to his death at the Texas Rangers game last night when he reached for a ball tossed to him by Josh Hamilton. His young son was at the game with him.
“Researchers examined data on more than 44,000 drivers in single-vehicle crashes who died between 1999 and 2009. They found that 24.9% tested positive for drugs and 37% had blood-alcohol levels in excess of 0.08, the legal limit. Fifty-eight percent had no alcohol in their systems; 5% had less than 0.08.”
“But in 2007, the National Roadside Survey found that 16% of nighttime weekend drivers tested positive for illegal drugs.”
“[A] study published by the American Psychological Association shows that synthetic fat substitutes used in low-calorie potato chips can backfire and contribute to weight gain more so than their fatty counterparts.”
It seems that olestra tricks the body so convincingly into believing that calories are coming that our metabolism does its own thing. (Just as artificial sweeteners are now being shown to trick the body into believing sugar is coming, and messing up insulin production.)
Diet soft drink users, as a group, experienced 70 percent greater increases in waist circumference compared with non-users. Frequent users, who said they consumed two or more diet sodas a day, experienced waist circumference increases that were 500 percent greater than those of non-users.
Abdominal fat is a major risk factor for diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and other chronic conditions.
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You’ve got to quit drinking diet soda!
Whether Diet or Regular
“Antibiotics for sore throats and CT scans for minor head injuries in children are among the most wasteful practices in primary care medicine, a national physicians’ group said last week. Among the others are electrocardiograms performed routinely on healthy adults and widespread prescribing of brand-name statins to reduce L.D.L., or ‘bad’ cholesterol.”
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