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What Are My Patients Eating?

It seems lately all the rage amongst consumers is the desire for “Clean Food Labels.”  However, currently the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has no parameters or definitions as to what a clean label is.  This leaves food companies at their own liberty to interpret what the consumer believes to be a clean label.

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Worldwide Misinformation about Preventing and Curing Covid-19

White color does not have a ‘harmful effect’ on Coronavirus, as claimed in a widely shared Facebook post; nor does the color of a handkerchief have any effect on the virus, according to Sri Lanka’s Health Promotion Bureau. Also, there is no evidence that asafoetida, a plant often used in traditional Indian medicine, is a

Lesley AsendorfWorldwide Misinformation about Preventing and Curing Covid-19

Gluten Free Living

Many people are jumping on the “Gluten-Free Diet” band-wagon as they believe it is a healthier lifestyle; however, people with celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity must follow a gluten-free diet for their condition!   It is estimated that 3 million Americans are diagnosed with celiac disease and another 18 million have non-celiac gluten sensitivity

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Sugar Alcohols, Friend or Foe in Obesity Treatment?

What are sugar alcohols and what is their purpose in the human diet?  Are they friend or foe in obesity treatment? Sugar alcohols are carbohydrates and their chemical structure resembles both a sugar molecule and an alcohol molecule (not the alcohol found in alcoholic beverages). Many people do not realize that sugar alcohols are found

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Protein Quality – The Pros and Cons

Obesity is one of the pressing global public health concerns. It is commonly associated with several co-morbidities and can be treated effectively with a high protein, low fat and low carbohydrate diet for successful body weight loss and maintenance. It is extremely important to ensure the quality of protein used in a calorically restricted diet

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Unhealthy Eating Often Leads to Chronic Inflammation

Asthma, lupus, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, glomerulonephritis, allergies as well as other chronic conditions are all characterized by inflammation. Inflammation is a normal bodily response to protect us from trauma, toxins, heat, or infection from foreign organisms such as bacteria and viruses. The damaged cells release various chemicals including bradykinin (causes blood vessel dilation),

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Leaky Gut Syndrome: Fact or Fiction?

We are learning increasingly more about the intestinal tract and its impact on overall health. In 2000, Dr. Alesso Fasano, Director of the Mucosal Immunology and Biology Research Center at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, discovered a gut protein that regulates the openings between the cell walls and the intestine; this protein is called zonulin(1).

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The 5 Second Rule – Myth or Fact?

Rutgers University Researchers, Robyn Miranda and Donald Schaffner examined the effect of time during bacterial transfer from one of four different surfaces: stainless steel, tile, wood, or carpet. Each surface was coated with the same amount of bacteria and allowed to dry before food was exposed to the surface for 1, 5, 30, or 300

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Probiotics and Prebiotics: What’s The Difference?

Probiotics are live beneficial bacteria and yeast and Prebiotics are food for these bacteria. Both prebiotics and probiotics are important for human health. Eating balanced amounts of both pro- and prebiotics can help ensure that you have the right balance of these bacteria, which should improve your health.   Probiotics: These are live bacteria and

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There’s Good Fat and Bad Fat / Brown Fat vs. White Fat

The human body contains more than one type of fat. White fat stores extra energy. Too much white fat, a characteristic of obesity, increases the risk of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and other diseases. A less common type of fat, called brown fat, breaks down blood sugar and fat molecules to create heat

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