The Fat Question: Why fat doesn’t make you fat

There’s a big ol’ myth out there that stubbornly refuses to die. It goes something like this: eating fat makes you fat. From a basic caloric standpoint, this appears to make sense. Fat contains 9 calories per gram, whereas carbohydrates and proteins contain 4 calories...
In Search of the Perfect Human Diet

In Search of the Perfect Human Diet

Last night something unusual happened in the Floyd-Barry household. Unusual for 2013, I should say. We watched a movie. Now before you accuse Chef James of breaking his media fast, we agreed at the beginning of this year that he would make the very rare exception to...

Sweet Misery: How our sweet tooth is killing us

There are lots of things in the standard American diet that we could do without. Anything that turns something whole and real into what Michael Pollan so aptly calls “edible food-like substances,” is doing nothing for our health or our waistlines. Today I...

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