Thursday, July 25, 2013

The Fallacies of Fat

. . . [K]eep your insulin levels down . . . it's all about the insulin. Everybody thinks it's about the calories: absolute garbage. It's about the insulin. It's the insulin, stupid.
--Dr. Robert Lustig

I'm currently enjoying an article from National Public Radio's Talk of the Nation program, where Science Friday host Ira Flatow interviews Dr. Robert Lustig, you know, the guy whose hour-and-a-half long lecture, Sugar: The Bitter Truth, has been watched almost 3.7 million (!) times.

And if there's one thing that I like about Dr. Lustig, and I like a lot about him, it's that he doesn't pull any punches, as evidenced by the quotation at the top.

Also worth listening to is Flatow's November 2007 interview with nutrition science gadfly Gary Taubes, proponent of the insulin-obesity hypothesis that Dr. Lustig refers to.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Calories Posted on Menus Do Little to Change Eating Behavior

Apparently, listing the calorie content of fast foods doesn't affect restaurant patrons' eating behaviors.

No surprise there. In fact, in opposition to the way the calorie counts were intended to be used, I found them downright useful the other day when I saw that the McDonald's 20-piece McNugget box has nearly 1000 kilocalories. It was midday and I hadn't eaten yet so I was a bit behind.

But one can only hope that, should these findings be replicated, public health officials will see that they overreached a tad with this recent bit of government intrusion into free enterprise.

Or, perhaps the law will be amended to require bigger, more neon-colored calorie labels. That should do the trick.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

I Dream of 'Genies'

Not my family tree

Driving home from visiting some friends on the other side of the island I was pleased to hear this positive report on NPR's Marketplace on the genealogical work done and free services offered by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Anyone can use the Church's vast resources to research their family histories. But a trip to Salt Lake City is unnecessary since the Church maintains family history centers all throughout the world.

How Sweet It Is

In Idaho we call it pop.

Nat Geo delivers two interesting articles on sugar and alternative sweeteners.

Unless, of course, you're an elf trying to "stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns, syrup," then it's probably not a good idea to eat too much sugar.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Provo Tabernacle Temple Update

Artist's rendition of the completed Provo Tabernacle Temple
I've watched (from afar) with interest the progress being made on the construction of the Provo Tabernacle Temple. The original tabernacle had been destroyed by fire.

It was on the grounds of the tabernacle that I proposed to my wife, so I was sad that I might never be able to take my son there to show him that special place.

That fear is gone now that the Church is going to preserve what's left of the tabernacle as a beautiful new temple, the second for Provo, Utah, home of Brigham Young University and the Church's Missionary Training Center.