FOOD, FACTS and FADS

Exploring the sense and nonsense of food and health


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The Paleo Diet: Fad or Trend?

To define the Paleolithic diet is impossible. Our early ancestors lived in different environments and their diets had to be food that was available in those varied environments.  However, it is considered by Paleo enthusiasts to be protein-rich, with emphasis on grass-fed beef and fish rich in omega-3 fats. Carbohydrates should come from nonstarchy fresh fruits and vegetables. Since it is assumed  that our predecessors did not have access to cereal grains, legumes, dairy,  potatoes, or processed foods – they are not considered to be Paleo. The avoidance of processed food does contribute to this diet’s good points; however, however, it may be a bit restrictive (not so good).

The Paleo Diet is either a fad or a trend.  Here is a very comprehensive article on all the aspects of the diet – its pros and its cons.  No one diet is appropriate for all – the best diet is one  that you feel comfortable with and can make it a part of your lifestyle.

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“Real” “Clean” Foods: What do they mean?

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A recent trend in the food business is the use of the unidentified and non-nondescript meanings of “real food” and “clean food.”  The terms appear to be favorites of “foodies” (whatever that means) and perhaps Millennials. The following article from Restaurant News attempts to define what they may mean to the average consumer and how the industry is responding.  Click HERE.


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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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Don’t Diet, Live It

Anyone who has battled a weight problem know what it is like to feel guilty about every bit of food they eat.  They become obsessed with every new diet fad that come along especially those that promise unrealistic results and/or quick fixes. They can resort to eating a single food for days or choose foods that promise fat-burning properties. They follow the latest diet from the last issue of a tabloid from the supermarket. They may lose weight initially for a while, reach a plateau and give up to pursue another ill-fated attempt.  Dieting in itself can promote weight gain since with each attempt, your body adjusts to prevent weight loss.  The following article gives a more common sense and realistic approach.

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Can a Supplement Extend Life?

One of the current theories of aging or longevity is the Telomere Theory. This theory claims that shorter or longer telomeres can predict how long we live. See a previous post HERE. Research tells us that the evidence of lifestyle interventions (diets, supplements, etc) to support these claims is weak. Bottom line: Be skeptical of companies that promote  diets or supplements that promise to affect your telomeres leading to increased health or longevity.

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Websites: How reliable are they?


 

The article provides good advice for any website, but especially medical or nutrition websites.  They often seem to promote misinformation that sometimes borders on the absurd or at the least,  unsubstantiated by sound research.

Who can you believe? The term “nutritionist” is not legally defined and is used by a wide variety of people from those who seek a PhD from a non-accredited school to health food store representatives with no formal training. Registered Dietitians (RD) are nutritional professionals who have completed a a four year college degree and additionally  have met established criteria to certify them to provide nutrition counseling. The American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the American Medical Association and the American Institute for Cancer Research are non -profit organizations that provide reliable sources of nutrition information.

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