This week: lower calorie rice, breakfast optimization, sourdough, ZEN nutrition, and more

brownriceNews of a new method of cooking rice that supposedly cuts calories in half just about broke the internet a couple of weeks ago. As is so often the case, the headlines got a wee bit ahead of the science. Here’s what you need to know (including an important precaution).

Although I was partly amused and partly saddened by this article on the drive to “optimize” everything, it nonetheless served as the inspiration for last week’s episode: 9 Ways to Optimize Your Breakfast

Want to optimize your hydration? There’s more to this than the old 8×8 rule. Find out how much water you really need to drink in this article, written as part of my collaboration with PUR water filters.

Two good questions from the mailbag:

Are dates a healthy way to sweeten processed foods?

Does sourdough bread have any additional health benefits? 

Elsewhere on the web, this overview of the benefits (and hazards) of juicing includes a few kernels of wisdom from me.

And if you have time for an extended listen, I had a lovely and leisurely conversation with Thom Walters of the ZEN Commuter podcast, on (among so many other things) how to avoid unnecessary nutrition anxiety.  ZEN Commuter is on iTunes and Stitcher, or you can listen on Thom’s website. Every interview should be so pleasant.

Have a great week!

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