FOOD, FACTS and FADS

Exploring the sense and nonsense of food and health


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Is Hummus Healthy?

HUMMUS

An  article from “Authority Nutrition” talks about some healthy benefits of eating hummus which is commonly made from chickpeas.  CLICK HERE.

Check out my previous post on chickpeas. HERE.

The only caution I might add is if you have IBS and are following a low FODMAP diet, chickpeas contain fructans and GOS and may need to be eaten in moderation.  It is recommended to limit them to less than 50 grams a day (about 1/4 cup) and use canned chickpeas since many of  the fibers are dissolved in the liquid and removed after draining the liquid off.

FYI: FODMAPs are a collection of short chain carbohydrates (fibers) and sugar alcohols found in foods naturally or as food additives. FODMAPs include fructose (when in excess of glucose), fructans, galacto-oligosaccharides (GOS), lactose and polyols (eg. sorbitol and mannitol).

 

 

 

 

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Sweet Potatoes: Revisited

 

There is so much conflicting  information about carbohydrates  these days. The simple message is: Cut carbs, but wait- all carbohydrates are not equal. An example is easily shown between a comparison of a sweet potato with a white potato, both of which are common starchy vegetable choices.   A previous post shows us why nutrient density can be more important than simply noting just the calories and carbohydrate grams.

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A Brief Guide to a Healthy Diet

Having trouble deciding how to improve your diet?  No wonder with all the conflicting and confusing information and misinformation in the media. Relax and begin with this simple advice from Harvard. BTW, no need to try another detox approach.  Bon appétit!!!!

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Vegetables and Heart Disease?

A good study that went beyond the usual of a typical observational study – they separated vegetables into categories of intake and also measured the thickness by ultrasonography of carotid arteries and plaque in a large sample size of older women. Since it has been shown that not all vegetables have the same effects (more than likely due to their varied content of phytochemicals) – here is where the cruciferous vegetables came out ahead of the pack.

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For the actual study,  CLICK HERE.

 


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Green tea for brain health?

Studies show that ECGC in green tea may alter beta-amyloid in such a way that it’s less capable of forming damaging plaque in the brain that may cause dementia and/or Alzheimer’s disease.

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Essential Fatty Acids: A Second Look

I am republishing a previous post that helps to explain and remind us of how important diet can be in the prevention of many chronic diseases. In this case the post emphasizes the relationship of diet to inflammation, a common culprit in cancer and heart disease and many other diseases of civilization.  CLICK HERE.