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Free Radicals

12 Feb

Sunday, February 12, 2012

If only my village library had this..

Is it the book I like or the image of the book?

Could not find it on Project Gutenberg ( either.

Here’s a link to an English  translation online, thanks to those radical folks at the Bureau of Public Secrets:

There is no denying that Situationists were right about a lot of things. I especially like that they dis-solved in 1972.

Anyway, it’s great to have access to so much information about them available on the web for free.

You can’t beat the price.


Please Note:  If you were looking for information about free radicals in your body and anti-oxidents, have a glass of orange juice with a couple paragraphs from a nutrition textbook:  ( .


2 Nutrition Website Links

4 Jan

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

How is everyone doing with the diet so far this year?

Assuming you have enough food to eat, what about information on what the food you are eating contains?

Here are two good websites to use to find out what the nutrient contents of your food are:

Nutritiondata, nutrient details from CondéNet:

The USDA  Nutrient Data Laboratory website:

And now, a little bit about:

Vitamin C


  • Vitamin C will gladly give up one or two Hydrogen atoms to free radicals to protect your cells.  Later, when called for, it can re-absorb the hydrogen atoms, making it ready to perform as an anti-oxidant again.  This recycling characteristic helps the body maintain sufficient levels of the vitamin throughout the day.
  • Vitamin C helps the body absorb iron by slowing its oxidation process.


  • Orange juice is a fast way to get some.  An 8oz. glass has 100-120% the daily requirement (2000 RDA: 90 mg men, 75 mg women), along with a nice dose of Potassium (K).  Orange juice usually contains no Sodium (Na).  Have a glass.
  • Other food sources?  There are many.  Keep in mind that, since Vitamin C decomposes at 190° C (374° F), low temperature cooking will not destroy it.  However, it is water soluble, and it can leach into the cooking water which later gets dumped out.  There are exceptions, such as Broccoli, which leaches out Vitamin C at a slower rate (i.e. it retains more).

New Year’s Resolutions!

1 Jan

Has everyone thought about New Year’s Resoloution?  Today is a good day to make some.

How about Diet & Exercise?  Has anyone NOT made one on that theme?

I don’t mean dieting to lose or gain weight and I don’t mean cardio/weight training/yoga/etc:  that’s obvious.

What I want to emphasise is Nutrition as the focus of one’s diet.

That means, 6 categories of nutrients:  Water, Protein, Carbohydrates, Fat, Vitamins and Minerals.

Only 3 of them provide energy, and we need a certain quantity of each daily.

Thinking about the right mix of nutrients is good exersice for the brain.

The self control of maintaining the right mix is good for the mind.

The right mix is good for the body.

Reading the lables is a great way to find out what and how much is being consumed.


1. Sodium is an essential nurtient

2. Sodium is an element (as in, the Periodic Table of Elements)

3.  Sodium IS NOT SALT


5. Salt (i.e. table salt) is only 40% sodium.  The majority of salt is chlorine (another essential nutrient).

6. NaCl, Sodium Chloride tastes salty.  Other forms of sodium do not.

7.  The problem is in the “processed” foods.  READ THE LABEL and try and see how hard it can be to keep the sodium between 1,500 and 2,500 a day.

Why is this problem still going on?