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June 27, 2011



Hi Deb
I have been having a similar breakfast for years - it has become my favorite meal of the day...My version includes
- about 1 oz of cooked oatmeal (with water - not instant)
- 3 -4 oz of NON GMO organic plain soy yogurt
- fruit (chopped apple, blueberries, banana - whatever is handy)
- a tbsp of muesli (granola) - no salt or sugar added - for texture
- sprinkle of cinnamon
-sprinkle of organic milled flax seed

I would also advocate that you use non GMO products, particularly with soy. There is a heated debate about the pros & cons of GMO foods here in Europe - fortunately the CONs are still winning.

Chris G.

Great post. Two follow-up points:
1. The changes in BPA blood levels were in < one week; that's very encouraging as I feel like its likely we'll all get 'dosed' by BPA at some point (restaurant or otherwise).

2. According to Dr. Hiromi Shinya (12/29/10 post): "your intestine's condition will worsen if you eat yogurt everyday. I can say this with confidence based on my (300,000) clinical observations." He further stated that people eating dairy yogurt are really experiencing is a mild case of diarrhea, because most adults lack enough lactase to completely digest lactose (and yogurt contains a lot of lactose). A logical hypothesis is that this is the (probably unhealthy) mechanism behind the weight loss cited in the Harvard study cited here.

Sounds like the Healthy Librarian is two steps ahead by eating soy-yogurt instead.

Happy 4th of July!

Jerry Donnelly

I have some concerns about the quality of the NEMJ study that would equate plain potatoes with French fries, which is what I conclude from their wording: "Potatoes or fries (this category lumped together French fries, mashed, baked, & boiled potatoes--and didn't account for potato "add-ins" like butter, margarine, milk, or cheese)."

Using the CRON-o-Meter you can determine that one pound of baked potatoes has 422.2 calories, while a pound of French fries has 1434.6. I weighed a couple of baked potatoes that I would call medium to medium large and they came in at just over one pound. So someone would have to eat about 12 potatoes, or six pounds of them, a day to get 2,500 calories. This while six pounds of French fries would be 8,607.6 calories.

How in the world could researchers lump potatoes into a category of foods causing weight gain? You could eat them until you are physically sick and not gain any weight if you don't adulterate them with high-fat additives. This is the very worst kind of research which gives Americans faulty nutrition data. Americans need to be eating potatoes until they can't eat another bite, without fat on them. Doing so they they will lose weight, feel full, and, if they add unprocessed fruits and vegetables to their diet, will maximize their nutrition.

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