What I wish Bernie Sanders would say about single-payer

A single-payer system would be more affordable for everyone and give doctors and nurses more freedom and resources to care for patients, rather than treating them as cogs in a wheel. By 2025 it’s estimated half of the American population will have some kind of chronic disease. People suffering from chronic diseases are the most […]

Americans eat about 22 teaspoons of sugar daily, how much are you eating?

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This past week the federal government’s new dietary guidelines were released, making the recommendation to limit sugar to 10 percent of one’s daily caloric intake or about 12.5 teaspoons. There are 4 grams in a teaspoon, so that’s roughly 50 grams of sugar per day. That’s still a ton of sugar in one day if […]

You can make great sauerkraut at home, cheaply, and your gut will thank you

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Some researchers believe that the increase in autoimmune diseases in the West, like rheumatoid arthritis, stem from the disruption in the relationship between the body and its microbiome—trillions of microorganisms, mainly bacteria. Recent research has shown that gastrointestinal microbiota can affect resting metabolism, decreasing the body’s ability to burn calories, increasing the likelihood of developing […]

Can low sodium pretzel buns reduce high blood pressure?

A recent NIH study suggested that aggressively lowering systolic blood pressure below current guidelines of 120 mg—by aggressively they meant giving more medications—could reduce deaths from cardiovascular disease. Around the time the study came out I was in a hospital cafeteria getting something to eat when I noticed two ladies standing behind a table. On […]

Butter is not back says Harvard study. Here’s why I’m ignoring it

“Butter is not back,” according to a new study by researchers at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The researchers raised the important point that the low-fat fads of the 80s and 90s led to the substitution of saturated fat with refined carbohydrates to our detriment, and so they set out to find what […]

Cholesterol is not a dietary villain

The American Heart Association’s Low-Fat, Low-Cholesterol Cookbook begins with a problematic statement: “Eating well is one of the joys of life. Because you want foods that both taste good and promote good health, this cookbook offers you lots of excellent choices ranging from appetizers to desserts, all high in flavor but low in saturated fat, […]