FOOD, FACTS and FADS

Exploring the sense and nonsense of food and health


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The Reality of “Detoxing”

 

 

 

Here is a case when consumers should follow the advice of a registered dietitian or someone with an advanced degree or legitimate credentials in human physiology and nutrition.  Most of them in the past have expressed their warnings about using faddish “detox” products or methods that can conceivably be harmful or dangerous.

The body is a marvelous machine that is capable of “detoxing” without need for the latest diet fad or gimmick for good health.

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Plant and Animal Protein: What’s the Difference?

 

A comprehensive article follows on the differences between plant protein and animal protein. It is important to remember that  of the 20 amino acids commonly found in proteins, nine cannot be made by the human body. These amino acids are called essential amino acids and must be consumed in the diet. If the diet is deficient in one or more of these amino acids, new proteins containing them cannot be made without breaking down other body proteins to provide them. The other 11 nonessential amino acids can be made by the human body and are not required in the diet. This difference and other protein information will be made clear in the following article.

Animal proteins furnish all nine amino acids needed for protein synthesis, while most plant proteins are deficient in at least one (with a few exceptions like soy and quinoa.)

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Detox from Ultra-Processed Foods?

“Detox” is a word thrown around a lot in hopes to rid the body of undesirable (and unknown) toxins that are claimed to undermine our health. The same can be said about ultra-processed foods – those with a long list of ingredients and additives that we’re not quite sure of in terms of safety. Examples can include certain preservatives, food colors or emulsifiers. These foods typically can also contain unreasonable amounts of sugar, salt and fat that provide us with nearly a day’s worth of the current recommendations.

So instead of blending the latest “detox” recipe from the internet which is usually some kind  of green drink, consider ways to “detox” your diet by taking a look at the following suggestions.

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Lectins: The Latest Fad Diet?

There is a new book called The Plant Paradox by Steve Gundry that warns us of  the dangers of plants by way of compounds called lectins. Lectins serve as defensive mechanisms for plants against dangers against them (like being eaten). Will we soon be seeing “lectin free” on our food labels along with gluten free, non-GMO, lactose free, wheat free, etc, etc.?

We have been eating plants for many centuries and are claimed to be the healthiest way to  eat on the planet. How could they possibly be dangerous for us?  What are the facts?

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FODMAP Revisited ?

Although this blog has discussed the merits and benefits of using the FODMAP DIET, the following article is excellent to explain the details and realities of this type of treatment primarily for people who suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome or commonly called IBS.   The diet is not for everyone but may be helpful for IBS sufferers. It initially is a restrictive diet and should be tried with help of a trained heath professional like a gastroenterologist or registered dietitian.  So if you do not have these types of disturbances, move on and find something more enjoyable to “digest”.

The article gives us valuable advice about this diet and the proper way to attempt to see if it helps you get your life back from IBS symptoms. Your doctor may or may not be familiar with it, since its existence is relatively recent on the medical nutrition therapy scene. This diet is not a weight loss diet or long term diet.

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What Does America Think About Diet and Health?

The most current survey about what Americans think about diet, nutrition and health was conducted by the International Food Information Council and the results are in. Most surprising to me was that most surveyed trusted government advice; however, some of the this advice is thought by some “experts” to be partially to blame for our current obesity and diabetes dilemma. Nevertheless, Americans are interested in obtaining quality advice but the problem is that it is for the most part still contradicting and confusing.

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The Mediterranean Diet and Cancer Prevention

THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET PYRAMID

The Mediterranean Diet scores again – this  time with cancer prevention. In the 1980’s, cancer prevention and diet were hot topics. It was thought at the time that specific nutrients were the key to affecting cancer rates. Examples included omega-3 fatty acids  and individual nutrients, namely beta carotene, and vitamin E were the favorite “supernutrients” of the era. However, disappointing results occurred and the use of beta carotene and vitamin E supplements actually were found to promote certain cancers than protect against them.

More research has correctly centered around the use of diet scores that compare adherence to certain diet patterns like the Mediterranean diet or the DASH diet and cancer prevention as well as other chronic diseases. For the latest results, CLICK HERE.