Pesticides: Reduce Your Exposure

Eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables is one way to combat obesity. Unfortunately, pesticides that they come coated with are another battle. The New York Times Well column recently addressed the best ways to reduce if not eliminate exposure.
Some of the suggestions:
—Washing with tap water reduces surface chemicals but not those inside
—Scrubbing with a brush
—A commercial vegetable wash may not be as effective as plain water
—Be aware of the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen, a group of particularly doused produce items which includes strawberries, peaches, nectarines, grapes, apples and celery
—Go for the Clean Fifteen, those grown and shipped with little need for pesticides. Avocados, corn, pineapple and cabbage top the list.
—Buy organic.

Book Stores and Beaches Do Mix

Thanks to all who attended my pseudo-TED (Truly Enlightening Discourse) talk in Santa Monica on Saturday at Barnes & Noble on 3rd Street Promenade.I know it wasn’t easy given that the awesome SoCal beach was just two blocks away. There are still a few signed copies of Globesity: 10 Things You Didn’t Know Were Making You Fat available at the store (call 310 260 9110 to reserve or order). Hannah, thanks for the deck work. Frank, thanks for the lovely event set-up.

FYI: TED’s mission statement:

“We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. So we’re building here a clearinghouse that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world’s most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other…”

Community of curious souls. I’d be honored to be part of that.

Trending News

Must-read opinion piece–and “most e-mailed” March 9, 2014)– by Pagan Kennedy about the history of antibiotic use in our feed animals and how it relates to obesity appears in New York Times here. For more on antibiotics and fat, skip to Chapter 9 (Pumped Up:Food Additives And Obesity) in Globesity:10 Things You Didn’t Know Were Making You Fat.

Another Strike Against HFCS

The advent of high fructose corn syrup in our diets correlates with soaring obesity rates. Some but not all data point to insulin resistance caused by inflammatory factors in fat tissue.

A new study in Nutrition and Diabetes tested this theory. For 10 months, mice were fed either a regular diet, a high-fat diet or a regular diet with 8% HFCS (such as a diet with soft drinks).

Results? The HFCS chow caused more severe adipose inflammation and insulin resistance than the other two. When ghrelin (the hunger hormone) was removed from the mice, the inflammation decreased.

HFCS appears to affect metabolism in ways that can contribute to obesity.