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February 18, 2015 - 10:43am

A common reason people avoid gluten is to lose weight—an approach about 13 million people have taken, far overshadowing gluten avoidance for health issues.

To remove gluten from your diet, you have to stop eating wheat and foods that contain it, such as bread, pasta, cereal and crackers, which are all relatively rich in calories.

If you replace them with foods like fruit, vegetables and lean meats, you may naturally eat fewer calories and lose weight.

But if you replace them with gluten-free counterparts made with rice or other gluten-free flours, you’re just substituting one carb for another and likely eating the same number of calories—possibly more—so you won’t lose weight.

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March 23, 2011 - 1:19pm
We don't need to grow more food. Instead, we need to know the world's future population—and what these people will be eating.

With food prices hitting record highs, people are rioting and political regimes are crumbling. We can only imagine what it will be like when the global population rises to 9 billion in 2050 from just under 7 billion now. More riots,...

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February 23, 2011 (All day)
Years ago, I had a history professor at Reed College who thought it was fruitless to understand the historical impact of contemporary events. He argued that a historian needed at least two decades remove from any event to come to any worthwhile conclusion because only then could it be understood within its wider political and economic context. Perhaps that's why I find it curious that a historian like James McWilliams so confidently offers conclusions about the contemporary food system and does so often by looking at complex issues through such a narrow lens.

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