FOOD, FACTS and FADS

Exploring the sense and nonsense of food and health


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New Trends In Grain Foods?

Harvesting Wheat

Tired of hearing about gluten-free?  Get ready for grain-free or ancient grain products.  You can listen to the podcast (17 min) or read the text. The podcast is more detailed, but both say the same thing.  Be warned  and get ready for the next fad –  lectin-free! Grains are more complex than anyone ever thought they would be.

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Will the Real Paleo Diet Stand Up?

The following article from Scientific American, April, 2017 by Peter Ungar gives us a sensible approach to the recent popularity of the so-called Paleolithic Diet. The premise of this diet is based on “the idea that modern humans evolved to  eat the way hunter-gatherers did during the Paleolithic period.” It turns out that this is not a simple matter,

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The Lessons from Okinawa

Okinawan Market

Some of my favorite ways to study the effects of diets and lifestyles on health  is to take an objective look at the healthiest cultures on the planet. Although these studies are observational, they study real people living in a real environment. They provide us with invaluable information about how health and longevity are affected by the culture in which we live.  Granted, your diet is only part of the total equation.  And it must be emphasized that these healthy patterns are based on traditional habits of these cultures. When Western-type diets invade these populations, time and time again, their positive health statistics change generally for the worst. Please watch the video and then go out and buy some sweet potatoes.

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