How a New York bakery sold $23.5 million worth of cupcakes last year

Cupcakes bring back memories of home baking dropped off for my kids’ fundraising bake sales at Willows Elementary School. I decorated with cream cheese icing and sparkly sprinkles guaranteed to catch a school kid’s eye – nothing fancy, but fun to eat – and who doesn’t love a cupcake? But cupcakes have really grown up lately.   Continue reading

Doctors on the take: how to read the fine print in medical research reports

food nutsI was doing a little light reading in the Archives of Internal Medicine the other day. A study reported there in June looked at what researchers have inaccurately dubbed the Eco-Atkins Diet, which they claim replaces the low-carb, dangerously high-saturated fat meat protein of the old Atkins Diet with low-carb, low saturated fat vegetable-based protein such as soybeans, legumes and nuts.

The more I read, the better I liked what I was reading. The study showed that the vegetable-based protein-eating participants not only successfully lost weight on this new Eco-Atkins Diet, but they showed greater reductions in their LDL (bad) cholesterol levels than the control group.

Isn’t this fabulous news for those of us wanting to lose weight as well as improve our heart health? Well, maybe not.   Continue reading