FOOD, FACTS and FADS

Exploring the sense and nonsense of food and health


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Can Common Spices Act as Antiseptics?

 

A couple of interesting articles HERE. The first one provides an alternative to giving farm animals antibiotics. Wonder if there are any studies to back it up?? The second article  that  follows on the site exposes a sham blood test @$490 that claims to detect all your food intolerances (if you have any). Again, no research, but this one “quacks.” They call it Pinnertest – sound familiar? Buyer beware, for sure.

Check out a previous post HERE.

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Should We Take Probiotics?

Inside a bacterium

Inside a bacterium

There is a lot of attention being paid to altering the gut microbiota to confer health benefits and even prevent obesity. The solution? Take a probiotic. Not so fast – there is a great need for more carefully conducted research on this approach. So far, the research is weak and often flawed. Also are the products living up to their claims? Do they survive the digestive process and are they still viable in the supplement itself? For a previous post on this topic, click HERE.

Bottom Line: It is best to get probiotics from active, live cultures found in yogurts or fermentable foods. Check with your doctor when taking probiotics for antibiotic-associated diarrhea. Some may interfere with the effectiveness of the antibiotic.

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Let the Games Continue?

Check out this excellent article on some important food issues of 2014.  Hopefully, some of the “wars” will cease (especially the low-fat, low-carb debate) and discussions can shift to the more important ones in 2015 such as antibiotics in food, improving our school lunches (so they accept them), educating our children on why healthy eating is important and animal and worker rights in food production (as  the author points out).

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