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Paleo or Keto: Which is the Best Choice?


Both the Paleolithic and Ketogenic diets have been in the spotlight for the past few years now. How do they compare in safety, efficacy, and which is easiest to follow? Which one is healthiest?

The first article from Authority Nutrition does an excellent job of answering these questions and simply explains the pros and cons of both of them. The second article provides more details from the critics of the ketogenic diet. The long-term effects of consuming very low carbohydrate combined with a high fat diet has, to my knowledge never been tested in a long-term trial or in an epidemiological sense with the exception of using the keto diet for epilepsy treatment primarily in children.




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Dietary Guidelines From Around the World


My Favorite Dietary Guidelines from Around the World

By Sally J. Feltner, Ph.D.,M.S., RDN

Every five years the U.S. Dietary Guidelines are published with recommendations for the public based on the latest research findings. Most all countries do offer similar advice like limit sugar and salt, eat more fruits and vegetables, increase physical activity, consume whole grains, etc. etc. However often they have other various perspectives on what a healthy lifestyle should represent and they make a lot of sense.

So here are some my favorite suggestions that in an ideal world could be considered by the U.S. Dietary Guidelines Committee the next time around, which will be sometime in 2020.

Bermuda: Breast milk is the best choice for infants to start a healthy life.

Brazil: Be wary of food advertising and marketing.
Avoid consumption of ultra-processed foods.

Greece: Use olive oil as the main added lipid and drink wine in moderation.

Germany: Allow plenty of time for eating and enjoy mealtimes.

Finland: Read and learn to understand product labels.

Mexico: Avoid overeating; consume smaller portions and stop eating when you feel satisfied.

Hungary: To prevent obesity, provide a good example to your children by observing the principals of healthy nutrition.
Eat calmly, never eat when driving or at work.

Japan: Track your daily food intake to monitor your diet.
Enjoy your meals.

Turkey: Instead of short diets, a lifelong diet including healthy nutritional rules should be applied.

Antiqua/Barbuda: Use safe food handling and food storage practices.

Dominican Republic: Wash your hands with water and soap before every meal to avoid infectious disease.

Honduras: Walk for at least half an hour a day to stay healthy and stress free.
Reduce consumption of fried foods and cold meats to keep your heart healthy.

There are some culture specific Guidelines that are interesting but do not have general applications for most of us. For example:

Thailand: Stop smoking. Drink kava and alcohol responsibly.
China: Consume plenty of soybeans.
Iceland: Vitamin D (vitamin D supplement), cod liver oil or D-tablets is recommended, at least during the winter time.

The chances are slim that any of these will appear in the 2020 Dietary Guidelines. It’s too bad since all suggest positive benefits. If used, these Guidelines would appear not be industry-funded or reflect biases from some pressure groups and food lobbyists that currently attempt to persuade the U.S. committee members.

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Blueberries and Yogurt? Food for Thought?


This is an interesting study presented by Dr. Michael Greger at in his new video that suggests that the addition of dairy as yogurt or milk may block the healthy benefits of these berries.  Visit the link below.

One study is not enough to base any firm conclusions; however, one thing we may be fairly certain of is that this study is not funded by the dairy industry. Bottom Line: This study should be repeated, but for now eat your blueberries, but without milk or yogurt.



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Glyphosate: Benefits and Concerns?

Problem: Little data, lots of confusion as to its safety.

Maybe if Monsanto would share their research, it would help to clarify since according to the following article, the results have not been made public.

Is it carcinogenic or not???? Would be nice to know the unbiased facts due to its wide use in all types of agriculture, including food crops. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in the best known herbicide, Roundup.



CLICK HERE. for more information about safety

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The Ketogenic Diet: An Update

Confused about Keto and carbs?  Check out some sensible advice from Harvard School of Public Health. For healthy eating, try out their Healthy Eating Plate Model (See link at end of the article). See my previous post  on the Ketogenic Diet for weight loss.


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More Reasons for Eating Plants

Berries and more

What will it take to get people on the bandwagon of eating more colorful fruits and vegetables? As we learn more about the effects of these plant chemicals, e.g. anthocyanins, we can supply better information on their healthy benefits. In this article, it is lung function. Yes, there are purple potatoes!



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The Mediterranean Diet is Dead?

The healthiest diets in the world refer to the traditional diets of the past before the cultural invasion of the Standard American Diet (SAD). This fact actually strengthens the association that poor diet choices do contribute to higher obesity and concurrent diabetes rates.  The Mediterranean countries that for so long enjoyed low obesity and diabetes rates are now also experiencing higher rates of obesity which in time may increase higher rates of associated chronic diseases.

From all indications, the most researched diet in modern times does not really exist in its original form anymore. Any heath benefits it promoted have been lost over time and replaced with foods full of fat, sugar, salt which has led to alarming obesity rates especially in children. Can it ever make a comeback?