When Marketing Affects Habits — and Can Kill Us

(This post was updated on June 4, 2018 to correct an embarrassing error.  My mother passed aged eighty-three, not seventy-nine.) During the last three months of my mother’s life (2010), when she was shuttled between two facilities in Oakland (California), I felt grateful for the way the hospital cafeteria at Summit-Alta Bates Medical Center’s Merritt Pavilion was organized. The healthiest food was near the entrance. When I visited my mother, I was careful to eat well so I wouldn’t be forced to miss seeing her because of illness.  I was overwhelmed, though, and appreciated every convenience.  If high-fat comfort food … Continue reading When Marketing Affects Habits — and Can Kill Us

Don’t Underestimate The Sugar In That Beverage, Even If It’s 100% Juice

If you read this CNN article, please read it carefully.  It notes possible variables in the study, and artificial sweeteners aren’t completely exonerated. Be sure to take a look at the slideshow, too, but try to resist the temptation to say, “If my favorite juice has that much sugar, I’ll eat the cookies instead.”  That isn’t what mature adults do, and you know it. http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/22/health/sweetened-drinks-double-diabetes-risk/index.html Continue reading Don’t Underestimate The Sugar In That Beverage, Even If It’s 100% Juice