Here We Go Again!


With the new year hot out of the gates, ScienceBlogs wishes everyone a wonderful 2010. Dr. Isis on On Becoming a Domestic and Laboratory Goddess shares a study with us waistline watchers, comparing two approaches to calorie reduction. One group of overweight individuals consumed 25% fewer calories while the other group ate only 12.5% less but burned the other 12.5% through exercise. Both groups lost the same amount of weight, but only the exercisers "improved their fitness, saw a decline in diastolic blood pressure and LDL and improved insulin sensitivity." Getting in shape is well and good, but if you want a more original resolution after all these years, consider giving up seafood on Guilty Planet. Jennifer Jacquet writes "there is increasing awareness that fisheries are in serious trouble," and "more and more people see the disjointedness between conservationists and their patterns of consumption." On Terra Sigillata, Abel Pharmboy presents one culinary alternative in the form of collard greens and black-eyed peas, traditional New Year's fare in the American South with hazy historical origins. While not keen on the greens, Pharmboy writes "black-eyed peas are something I could eat all day." We could too, as long as they don't make us fat.

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