Category Archives: What Makes Food Healthy?

Dan Barber: How I fell in love with a fish

Dan Barber is a chef and a scholar — relentlessly pursuing the stories and reasons behind the foods we grow and eat. Why you should listen to him: Dan Barber is the chef at New York’s Blue Hill restaurant, and Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Westchester, where he practices a kind of close-to-the-land cooking …

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Jamie Oliver’s TED Prize wish: Teach every child about food

Why you should listen to him: Jamie Oliver has been drawn to the kitchen since he was a child working in his father’s pub-restaurant. He showed not only a precocious culinary talent but also a passion for creating (and talking about) fresh, honest, delicious food. In the past decade, the shaggy-haired “Naked Chef” of late-’90s …

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Why Pistachios Are Good for Your Gut from “Real Age”

A pistachio is like Jack Nicholson’s character Randle McMurphy in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”: a nut with a hard shell covering a center of genuine goodness. An interesting study reveals the amount of healthful bacteria in the poop of people who ate pistachios compared to that of people who ate other nuts or none at …

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Mark Bittman on what’s wrong with what we eat

In this fiery and funny talk, New York Times food writer Mark Bittman weighs in on what’s wrong with the way we eat now (too much meat, too few plants; too much fast food, too little home cooking), and why it’s putting the entire planet at risk. Why you should listen to him: Although Mark …

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Thinking About a Diet? A Journal Could Double Your Weight Loss (from Real Age)

Learn how to make fitness fun. A pile of recent studies proves that simply writing down your daily progress in a journal makes a huge difference in the numbers on your scale and your tape measure: Australian women and men who had started a new exercise program were three times more likely to work out …

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“Dirtying Up Our Diets” by Jeff Leach (New York Times)

竹叶眉 Bamboo Leaf Vegetable CNY15 (Photo credit: avlxyz) OVER 7,000 strong and growing, community farmers’ markets are being heralded as a panacea for what ails our sick nation. The smell of fresh, earthy goodness is the reason environmentalists approve of them, locavores can’t live without them, and the first lady has hitched her vegetable cart …

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