Existential threats to humankind and our food supply, food justice, healthy diets, ultra-processed foods and the interface of food science and human nutrition were major themes in my blog in 2019. Global climate change and the threat of plastic, packaging waste captured more press attention this year, and potential solutions seem ever more distant. Will producing food more sustainably and switching to more plant-based products … Continue reading A year in review for processed food, a resolution and a look ahead
I do not like the terms ‘fake’ and ‘real,’ but they are terms that seem to capture people’s attention these days. There are many products on the market today that are meat substitutes—plant-based, clean, cultured. There are many people advocating avoiding animal products for nutritional, moral, animal welfare, environmental and other reasons. We are told that we need to make major changes in our lifestyles … Continue reading Is fake meat a healthy alternative to real meat?
We have been warned about the consequences of global climate change. Most of us remain skeptics. Others believe that nothing can be done, but true believers see solutions through technology OR conservation. Since my post on the topic last week, one person sounding the alarm was named Time person of 2019, and the climate change conference in Madrid dissolved without major progress. We are either … Continue reading Can we save the planet through technology OR conservation?
Threats to the world are not new, but somehow, they seem more serious to me now than they appeared to be earlier in my life. Part of this skepticism was that the dire predictions never really came true, but there seems to be a gradual confluence of events that appears to be inexorably leading to serious environmental consequences if not global collapse. The existential threats … Continue reading Global climate change: Is it a hoax or are we doomed?
Climate change is a much-talked-about topic these days, and there are many books out there on it. We Are the Weather by Jonathan Safran Foer is another one highlighting this message. It is a quirky book that rambles at times, but it always comes back to its major themes. It is a very personal, heartfelt book for the author who presents one primary solution to … Continue reading We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast
Happy Thanksgiving! Last week I said goodbye to my 60s and have embarked on my life as a septuagenarian. Older people tend to reflect more on what has happened in the past. Younger people tend to focus on the present and how to make it to the next day. I realize that I have experience eating for over 70 years, and I reflect back on … Continue reading Thankful to be celebrating 70 years of eating
For anyone over 50, nothing compares to the dread induced by a doctor who declares “It is time for a colonoscopy.” The procedure is bad enough, particularly for a modest person. Thank goodness it all happens when we are asleep! The real dread comes, however, the day before the “procedure” when purging the guts of all of its waste is our prime mission—certainly not my idea … Continue reading Surviving a low-FODMAP diet
So many diets to try; so little time. During my almost 70 years on this planet I have adopted three special diets on the advice of a physician and one on my own to lower my weight. I take dieting very seriously. I take my health very seriously. Here are some things I have observed and/or discovered as I modified my diet. On the recommendation … Continue reading My personal journey with special diets
So many diet books, and so many of them claiming that they are not really diet books. Gene Eating by Giles Yeo is not just an ordinary diet book that claims it is not one. It provides insight into why eating and diets are as much about our genes as they are about the food that we eat. Along the way Yeo debunks much about … Continue reading Gene Eating: The science of obesity and the truth about diets
If you have not already guessed, I am a voracious reader. I generally have four books going at a time, and only one of those four is about food. During the past year or so I have had the opportunity to read some interesting books on food that I have not reviewed on this site. Here are a few minreviews that might be of interest … Continue reading Assorted books for your reading pleasure