Can't wait for that turkey-induced nap after the Thanksgiving feast? Better not read this from the Wall Street Journal, then. The headline, "Countdown to a food coma" isn't exactly reassuring, and it gets worse from there.

Even in healthy people, eating a fatty meal can impair the proper functioning of cells that line the blood vessels, potentially making them more susceptible to atherosclerosis, the condition leading to heart attack or stroke, according to research by Michio Shimabukuro, a professor in cardio-diabetes medicine at the University of Tokushima in Okinawa, Japan. The changes to the blood vessel appear specifically triggered by fat content; a high-sugar meal doesn't appear to have the same impact, says Dr. Shimabukuro.

Dr. Shimabukuro says reducing the amount of fat in meals can minimize the negative impact on the blood-vessel cells. Fats from fish and nuts, commonly considered healthier sources of nutrients, don't appear to cause the same spike in triglycerides as other kinds of fats, and may even help bring down triglyceride levels, he says.

Okay, so ease up on the heavy fare for Thanksgiving dinner. Eat more carrots and olives. Play that game of touch football or driveway basketball If you can't find me, I'll be on the couch in a food-induced coma.

Isn't it outrageous that fast food restaurants want a piece of the food stamp business? Here is a strong commentary published in the Wall Street Journal  on the issue. From the piece by Jay Miller:

Whether it is cirrhosis of the liver, lung cancer or diabetes, the government should not be an enabler. Indeed, it ostensibly tries to dissuade people from drinking or smoking too much by exacting a very high tax for the privilege of doing so. When it comes to food stamps, however, the government seems to be saying that candy or chips are of equal nutritional value to grapefruit or fresh spinach.

We know that purveyors of fried chicken, pizza and burgers line the commercial streets of the inner city, whereas merchants offering healthier products rarely can be found. But if government were to mandate that food stamps could be exchanged only for such products, the marketplace would respond by making them more available there.

Speaking of, check out food stamp participation by state with figures from Census Bureau. From the report: 

In 2010, 13.6 million households reported receiving food stamp/ SNAP benefits during the past 12 months. The state with the highest food stamp/SNAP participation was Oregon (17.9 percent).  In 2010, 11.9 percent of all households reported receipt of food stamps/SNAP, about a 16 percent increase over the 2009 figure of 10.3 percent. Forty-five states experienced an increase in food stamp/SNAP receipt. Nevada, Idaho, and Rhode Island were among the states with the largest increases between 2009 and 2010.

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