These numbers are taken directly from “food availability” data published online by the US Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service. This data provides the most objective measurement of the foods that Americans consume on an annual basis. After looking at this chart, it’s no wonder Americans are experiencing an epidemic of obesity, diabetes and other… Continue reading Top 10 Ingredients of the Standard American Diet
Time to say cheerio to convenience foods? A focus on oats
WHACK!! My hand slammed the top of the alarm clock to stop the repetitive screeching. Ouch! I realized I hit the snooze button too hard as I felt a dull ache in the palm of my hand. At least I didn’t knock the alarm clock completely off the top bunk bed without pressing snooze like… Continue reading Time to say cheerio to convenience foods? A focus on oats
Understanding Dietary Phytochemicals
“So let me get this straight. Both of you got poison ivy. Rose went to the doctor last week, started taking meds, and felt better. You didn’t go to the doctor, you didn’t get any meds, and you’re feeling worse.” When Lawton said it like that, I kind of felt like an idiot. Lawton was… Continue reading Understanding Dietary Phytochemicals
Sugar, Sugar. How Come You Taste So Good?
I force myself not to look away from the procedure. The attending’s hand is shaking terribly. No one in the room says anything, but it's obvious to everyone that he is nervous and doesn’t perform many procedures. If he were a resident physician, someone would have stepped in by now and offered calming words or… Continue reading Sugar, Sugar. How Come You Taste So Good?
Wheatimus Prime: The Ultimate Transformer
"Sir! Flight Bravo reports with a dining priority time of 17:07. We arrived at 17:04.” I inform the mess checker. “You have arrived on time. Your flight may enter.” “Will that be all, sir?” I ask. “Yes” the mess checker responds. I salute, then return to my position beside the rest of Bravo flight. They… Continue reading Wheatimus Prime: The Ultimate Transformer
Barley and Me
"It's BREW TIME!!!!!" JD yells at the top of his lungs. DeWitte and myself give a hoop and a holler before yelling the same thing ourselves. JD scrolls through his iPod and sends our latest catchy tune, an Avett Brothers song, over to the Bluetooth speaker. We crank up the volume and roll up our… Continue reading Barley and Me
Ingredients Overshadowing the End Product: Juice
“Euchre!” My roommate exclaims as he decisively throws down the right bower on the mattress. We hear a few sighs from the opposing team as that euchre gave us just enough points to win the game. “Alright fellas, time to head back,” says “Bossman,” the foreman of the furniture crew. I glance at my phone,… Continue reading Ingredients Overshadowing the End Product: Juice
The Problem with Nutrition
It's 4:45 pm on a Wednesday afternoon. I'm in with my last clinic patient of the day. I was running late because I had to admit my previous patient to the hospital for a heart failure exacerbation. I didn't walk into the room until 30 min after the scheduled appointment time. My brain is kind… Continue reading The Problem with Nutrition