Tag Archives: diet

FoodGate: The Problem with the US Food System

You can’t fix healthcare until you fix health. You can’t fix health until you fix the diet. And you can’t fix the diet until you know what’s wrong. What went wrong? FoodGate.

Endocrinologist Robert Lustig, Dentist Cristen Kearns and Health Policy Expert Laura Schmidt team up to explore how the US food system has led to higher rates in obesity and related metabolic diseases in the last 50 years.

Preventable disease rates keep going up, even while behaviors have improved: smoking rates are down, cholesterol and blood pressure are down, and physical activity is up. We should be reaping a health benefit, but we’re not. The primary reason: we’re eating too many refined carbohydrates and too much sugar.

How did the food system come to encourage this? Pharmaceutical companies benefit from long-term drug treatment of metabolic diseases. Organizations such as the Sugar Association and the Beverage Association fund questionable scientific studies to convince the public that obesity and sugar are not related. These efforts include funding aggressive marketing campaigns to influence public policy. According to Schmidt, they spent 31 million dollars in a single election to convince voters in San Francisco and Oakland not to support a soda tax.

But there is hope. Research into the effects of too much sugar is getting attention, thanks to the efforts of Dr. Lustig and others. There are many parallels between this issue and smoking. According to Schmidt, we’re about where we were in 1970. The tide is slowly shifting, but we have a long way to go. Policy-makers are just now beginning to recognize the negative consequences of an unhealthy populace on healthcare costs and future social security benefits. Lustig advises, “You want social security? Stop drinking soda and tell all your friends to do so, too.”

Watch FoodGate: The Break-in, the Cover-up, and the Aftermath.

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The Hacking of the American Mind

8232We first met Dr. Lusting in 2009 when UCTV presented his “Sugar: The Bitter Truth” lecture. That viral video now has over 7 million YouTube views, and more every day.

His latest program, “The Hacking of the American Mind: The Science Behind the Corporate Takeover of Our Bodies and Brains,” coincides with the publishing of his new book of the same title.

In this half-hour interview, Lustig, a UCSF endocrinologist, explores the reward system in our brains – serotonin, cortisol, and dopamine – chemicals that drive our pleasure-seeking behaviors including overeating, drug use, and that ever-present cell phone. But he goes beyond just neural pathways and brain chemistry to impute the underlying economic machine that creates industries that profit off processed foods full of sugar.

He recommends a “four Cs” solution — connect, contribute, cope, and cook — urging a slowed-down lifestyle for the sake of our health and happiness.

In addition to the interview “The Hacking of the American Mind”, you may enjoy these short videos:

The Difference Between Happiness and Pleasure
Corporate Responsibility vs. Individual Responsibility
Are All Calories the Same?
Responsibility of the Food Industry
Processed Food and Pleasure

For a deeper dive, watch the video that started it all and other programs with Dr. Robert Lustig:
Sugar: The Bitter Truth
The Skinny on Obesity
Fat Chance: Fructose 2.0

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Living for Longevity: The Nutrition Connection

Eating right takes on a whole new meaning when you watch “Living for Longevity: The Nutrition Connection” this month on UCTV.

In her helpful talk from UC San Diego’s Stein Institute for Research on Aging, Vicky Newman, MS, RD, explains how the right balance of foods, part of an anti-inflammatory eating plan, can maximize your health and energy level.  Learn practical tips for controlling your weight, maintaining bone strength and reducing the risk of common chronic diseases associated with aging. You’ll also find out about foods that support the body’s immune and detoxification systems, how to maintain a healthy (and happy) gut, and how to balance your fats to support your health and well-being.

Watch “Living for Longevity: The Nutrition Connection,” online now. For more valuable healthy aging tips and research updates, check out the Stein Institute’s video archive.

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Living for Longevity: The Nutrition Connection

Eating right takes on a whole new meaning once you watch “Living for Longevity: The Nutrition Connection” on UCTV.

In her helpful talk from the Stein Institute for Research on Aging at UC San DiegoVicky Newman, MS, RD, explains how the right balance of foods, part of an anti-inflammatory eating plan, can maximize your health and energy level.  Learn practical tips for controlling your weight, maintaining bone strength and reducing the risk of common chronic diseases associated with aging. You’ll also find out about foods that support the body’s immune and detoxification systems, how to maintain a healthy (and happy) gut, and how to balance your fats to support your health and well-being.

Watch “Living for Longevity: The Nutrition Connection,” online now. For even more valuable healthy aging tips and research updates, check out the Stein Institute’s video archive.

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Helpings from the Happy Diabetic – Salmon Skewers of Love

This season we’re happy to welcome a new member to the Taking Control of Your Diabetes (TCOYD) team, Chef Robert Lewis, also known as the “Happy Diabetic,” who will serve up fun recipes and helpful tips – with an extra helping of happiness!

Chef Lewis joined us on the TCOYD season premiere, “Diabetes Heroes – Urban Miyares,” to offer up some great picnic tips that’ll make your summer a lot more tasty. We also asked him to share one of his favorite fish recipes on the TCOYD blog… so get cooking!

Robert’s Salmon Skewers of Love
Recipe by Chef Robert Lewis The Happy Diabetic
Salmon is truly a fish for all seasons. It can be prepared in so many tasty ways, and this is one of my favorites. Baked or grilled, the light marinade makes this dish unforgettable. It’s easy and quick to prepare, but your friends will think you cooked all day.

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients & Methods
2 medium-size fresh salmon filets
2 tablespoon fresh garlic
1⁄4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon fresh basil
2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 red pepper
1 green peppers
1 red onion
2 large Portobello mushroom cut in ¼’s
4 bamboo skewers

– Skin salmon and cut it into 1-inch pieces if your fishmonger or butcher hasn’t already done the job for you.
– Mix garlic, oil, basil and lemon juice in a bowl. Combine with salmon and refrigerate for 2 hours.
– Place skewers in cold water for 10 minutes before building them. (This will keep them from burning.)
– Cut veggies into 1-inch pieces.
– Alternate peppers, onions, mushrooms, and salmon on skewers.
– Place on a hot grill for 8 to 10 minutes, turning often, or place on a baking sheet in a 375- degree oven for 10 to 12 minutes.

Learn more about Chef Robert Lewis the Happy Diabetic here.

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