In 1991, in response to the troubling rise of diabetes across the globe, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) designated November 14 as World Diabetes Day. In 2007, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution A/RES/61/225, also designating November 14 as World Diabetes Day. Because diabetes awareness is so important, the entire month of November soon became designated as National Diabetes Month.
Books and movies have given us some classic villains. We love to see villains either find redemption or get justice in the end. Popular villains change over time; from Lord Voldemort, Agent Smith, the Joker, Darth Vader, and the Wicked Witch of the West to Richard III and Lady Macbeth.
The foods we eat have also had a long and changing list of villains over time. Coffee, eggs, butter, nuts, meat, salt, chocolate—all have spent time on lists of demonized foods, but nearly all have found some degree of redemption and aren’t nearly as detrimental to good health as once thought.
You say you’re trying to watch your intake of sugar. You’re not trying to lose weight, although that’s always nice, but you mainly want to be healthier. You’ve cut out candy and desserts, and you’re reading labels and you’re hoping your diet is now fairly free from sugar, right? Well, considering how much sugar Americans consume, and the myriad places it’s hidden, avoiding sugar may not be as easy as it seems.
When you hear the word “alias” it’s likely you think of criminals who commonly use a name other than their own to either avoid the law or because it just sounds more descriptive, threatening, or just plain catchy. For example, “Babyface” Nelson’s real name was Lester Gillis. “Machine Gun” Kelly’s real name was George Celino Barnes. Sometimes, a whole string of aliases is used for the same person. For example, Henry McCarty used the aliases William Bonney, Henry Antrim, William McCarty, Kid Antrim, and finally, the one that really stuck, Billy the Kid.
Do you remember the food pyramid? It looked like this:
The precursor to the food pyramid was created in the mid-1970s by the Senate Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Need, led by Senator George McGovern. The McGovern Report, entitled “Dietary Goals of the United States,” was a totally fabricated document. At the time, there was a low-fat guru named Nathan Pritikin, and McGovern totally bought into Pritikin’s ideas. Knowing he wanted the report to show the benefits of a low-fat diet, McGovern assigned a young vegetarian senate staffer with no background in science or nutrition to write the report.
Health-conscious Americans have turned to ketogenic (keto) diets to lose weight and live healthier lives. There are several variations on the keto diet, each allowing various amounts of carbohydrates, but for this discussion, we’ll be referring to the basic ketogenic diet of 75% fat, 20% protein, and 5% carbs/sugars.
When the temperatures are soaring, there’s something about having a plate of summer fruit in front of you that cools and soothes. A few luscious melon slices with a sprinkling of blueberries, plucked fresh from the bush. Or a cluster of crisp grapes cut from the vine. Or maybe berries, peach and mango, blended in an icy smoothie that glides deliciously down your throat.
Adequate hydration is vital and improves body and brain health, while also promoting healthy skin. During the summer, because we lose a lot of water through sweating, we can become dehydrated much faster than normal. While perspiration keeps us cooler by lowering our body temperature as it evaporates on our skin, that benefit can quickly become a liability.
Sugar has a long and constantly evolving relationship with humans. Because too much sugar in our bloodstream can be toxic, our bodies evolved to quickly convert sugar into fat. Early humans developed a craving for sugar, as the stored fat it supplied would keep us alive when food was scarce, would fuel our huge and rapidly evolving brains, and would provide energy in fight-or-flight situations.
People today are “going green.” They are in pursuit of a healthier lifestyle and are concerned about the foods they eat. Toxic chemicals can be found in fertilizers, pesticides and the soil. Additionally, many plants are genetically modified to be more resistant to pesticides or insects. It’s no wonder consumers are looking to buy products that are “green,” natural, and better-for-you.