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Health food fads: Are they actually good for you? - Telegraph.co.uk

Health food fads: Are they actually good for you? - Telegraph.co.uk | Nutrition Today | Scoop.it
As it emerges that fish oil capsules may not be the miracle supplement we once thought, we look at the health foods that might not be as virtuous as they claim
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The Pegan Diet: Is It The Ideal Diet? - Care2.com

The Pegan Diet: Is It The Ideal Diet? - Care2.com | Nutrition Today | Scoop.it
The problem with most diets is that there is a proper way to do it and a cheater's way to do it. So, what is the answer? Perhaps it lies in hybridizing diets...
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Kraft Recalls Over 2 Million Pounds Of Turkey Bacon

Kraft Recalls Over 2 Million Pounds Of Turkey Bacon | Nutrition Today | Scoop.it
After "spoilage-related" consumer complaints, Kraft is recalling 84,000 cases of Oscar Mayer Turkey Bacon.
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Iced Tea Brands: Better, Best and Toxic

Iced Tea Brands: Better, Best and Toxic | Nutrition Today | Scoop.it

"This time of year often means refreshing iced tea to cool your child’s thirst as she plays hard in the summer heat. But not all iced teas are equal! While common sense dictates that brewed tea, sugar and water should be all you need in a glass, many brands do much more than just add a little natural preservative to make the shelf. And far too many brands have a high sugar content that will speed up your child. Let’s take a look at some of these additives and what brands to avoid – as well as suggestions on good and better iced tea choices for your family."


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6 Types Of Cooking Oil To NEVER Eat - Herbs Info

6 Types Of Cooking Oil To NEVER Eat - Herbs Info | Nutrition Today | Scoop.it
Let's take a look at which are the BEST and which are the WORST oils, and why. This is a brilliant, eye-opening health tutorial... [read more]
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92 Aspartame Side Effects, Just to Name a Few

92 Aspartame Side Effects, Just to Name a Few | Nutrition Today | Scoop.it
From 10,000 consumer complaints the FDA compiled a list of 92 Symptoms reported from aspartame use, including death.

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Sandi Cornez's curator insight, August 15, 10:06 PM

Did you know that ants won't eat Aspartame yet they eat just about everything else?  If ants won't eat it, why do you consume this artificial sweetener?

 

Just think for a minute, how can anything that has the word "artificial" in it, possibly be good for you? Artificial refers to being man-made, When it comes to food you ingest, isn't Mother Nature a far better answer to what your body needs, then something created in a lab? Mother Nature has been around for thousands of years with a proven track record unmatched by food manufacturers. Who would you trust with your family's health?

 

Health Tips: Eat real whole plant based foods created by Mother Nature. By consuming plant based food which your body recognizes and needs and by exercising,  you can begin to heal from the side effects caused by these artificial sweeteners. 

 

Here's an excellent video and article on "92 Aspartame Side Effects, Just to Name a Few" from Naturalblaze.com by Michelle Toole

 

This www.scoop.it/t/dangers-of-sugar-consumption site is being curated by Sandi Cornez. Follow Sandi for more healthy food/water tips @Http://www.facebook.com/wisdomfromthewell

 

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The Benefits of Onions and Garlic: Nature’s Weapons against Cancer

The Benefits of Onions and Garlic: Nature’s Weapons against Cancer | Nutrition Today | Scoop.it
Find out the benefits of onions and garlic and how it can be your weapon against cancer cells

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Sandi Cornez's curator insight, August 23, 10:22 PM

Are you eating onions and garlic,  two real whole plant based foods that protect your body from disease and cancer.  Onions  support your immune system, provide protection from cancer, protect your cellular DNA. Garlic assists in control of blood pressure and cholesterol and helps detoxify your body from heavy metals; especially mercury and cadmium.  Garlic is a natural antibiotic that neutralizes bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Both alliums are rich in sulfur helping to reduce inflammation.

 

In addition, onions are rich in cysteine, an amino acid used by the body to manufacture Glutathione, the master antioxidant in your body that blocks free radical damage in the eyes. Research show that people who eat the most onions  enjoy longer and healthier lives.

 

Garlic helps to keep platelets from  clumping together and forming clots. People taking blood thinner drugs need to be aware of eating too much garlic. 

 

Garlic increases the body's metabolic rate and makes losing weight easier. Fresh garlic contains high levels of anticancer compounds. The active healing ingredient, allicin, gives it a strong taste. 

 

Health tips: If your eyes always cry when you're peeling/cutting onions, chill the onion in the freezer for about half an hour before slicing it. a cold onion won't release as many eye-burning sulfur compounds. Don't cut the root end because that's where many of the tear causing chemicals are located. 

 

To get the full benefits of garlic, cut or mince a clove, then wait about ten minutes before cooking or eating raw. this gives the garlic time to release the anticancer chemicals. Eat a few whole cloves a week for maximum protection.

 

Here's an information packed article on "The benefits of Onions and Garlic: Nature's Weapons Against Cancer" from thetruthaboutcancer.com by Ty Bollinger

 

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I love onions and garlic,  a raw onion right out of the ground...... #foodie #HEALTH

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Avoid These Unhealthy Foods for Healthy Weight Loss | Eat This Not That

Avoid These Unhealthy Foods for Healthy Weight Loss | Eat This Not That | Nutrition Today | Scoop.it
If you want to lose weight, stick to your healthy diet plan and achieve your weight loss goals, then stay away from these sneakily unhealthy foods at all costs.
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Arugula – Aromatic Spice and Natural Antibiotic

Arugula – Aromatic Spice and Natural Antibiotic | Nutrition Today | Scoop.it
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Arugula (Eruca sativa) is a Mediterranean plant that originates from central and southern Europe, but it is widespread in North Africa, America and Asia Minor. It is a healing vegetable rich in vitamin C, iron and many minerals.
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8 Surprising Health Facts About the Superfood Spinach

8 Surprising Health Facts About the Superfood Spinach | Nutrition Today | Scoop.it
Full of nutrients and delicious taste, spinachisawintersuperfood.But what’s the best way to eat it? Read the following surprising facts about this

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Are you eating dark leafy green veggies, like spinach, Swiss chard, kale, beet greens, arugula?  These type of veggies consistently rank  tops for plant based foods. Spinach contains around 13 different flavonoids, substances that have strong anticancer effects.

 

Eating just a couple of 1/2-1 cup servings a week can slash your risk for macular degeneration by 50%. Spinach is also a great protector of your lungs and heart, builds strong bones, and cuts your risk of cancer.

 

Spinach, kale, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, and green beans are also top omega 3 plant foods. In addition, spinach, asparagus, turnip greens, and romaine lettuce are rich in folate. Spinach contains  both magnesium and potassium, helping your heart, blood pressure. Cardiovascular function improves when you eat plant based foods. 

 

Spinach, rich in antioxidants is also brain food as it protects against age-related problems of the central nervous system and brain.  Leafy green veggies, including spinach and cruciferous veggies provide a protective effect odor mental decline.

 

Spinach also helps with intestinal contractions and bowel regularity due to the magnesium content. Magnesium also contains compounds that encourage peristalsis, wavelike contractions that move waste products through your intestines. 

 

Health tips:  Drink green smoothies and/or green juices as blending helps to break down particle size so you can better access all the minerals, vitamins, and plant nutrients. Not chewing well and digestive fluids don't allow for breaking open the soluble and insoluble fibers like cellulose and pectin which dark leafy greens contain. Blending greens,  veggies, fruits offers a smaller particle size than extensive chewing does.

 

You can also make what's known as a smoothie bowl and add other plant ingredients: seeds, nuts, raw carob/cacao, unsweetened coconut flakes or your fave add ins. 

 

Here's an information packed article on "8 Surprising Health Facts About the Superfood Spinach" from EcoWatch by Shubhra Krishan, Care2

 

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How Subway Sandwiches Are Fueling a Major Public Health Crisis

How Subway Sandwiches Are Fueling a Major Public Health Crisis | Nutrition Today | Scoop.it

August 20, 2015

"The massive use of antibiotics on factory farmed animals is leading the world toward a time when common infections and minor injuries will once again be deadly to humans.

 

Subway's sloganis, "Eat fresh." But while the company may have established itself as the "healthy" fast-food alternative, many people don't realize it is also contributing to a serious public health crisis, animal cruelty and environmental damage due to the company's use of meat from factory farmed animals. These filthy and inhumane operations cause an incomprehensible amount of animal suffering, poison our air, land and water, and give rise to antibiotic-resistant bacteria that impact human health." 


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This is very scary, it's an easy and fast place to grab a meal, but I will think twice before I decide to eat there.
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We live longer but less healthily… so an oily diet might be our best bet - Express.co.uk

We live longer but less healthily… so an oily diet might be our best bet - Express.co.uk | Nutrition Today | Scoop.it
BRITONS are living longer but are having to cope with more illnesses and disabilities in their old age, a new study shows.
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Do you want a longer life, or a healthier one? If you have the right diet, you can have both!

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We Talked To a Michelin-Rated Seafood Chef About the Future of Fish - Munchies_ Food by VICE

We Talked To a Michelin-Rated Seafood Chef About the Future of Fish - Munchies_ Food by VICE | Nutrition Today | Scoop.it
We are living through dark times when it comes to news about seafood, from oil spills to radiation. Should we even eat seafood anymore? A Michelin-rated chef weighs in.
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Why Salad Is So Overrated

Why Salad Is So Overrated | Nutrition Today | Scoop.it

Most of my personal training clients rely on salads for their weight loss meals. Is this really the best approach to lose weight and achieve optimal health? You'll want to read this article and find out why salads are overrated. reasons why we need to rethink it.

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Interesting points, but salads can be very nutritious. It's the salad made mostly of iceberg lettuce that are lacking in nutrients.

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5 Factors That Make You Pack on Pounds (That Almost Nobody Knows About)

5 Factors That Make You Pack on Pounds (That Almost Nobody Knows About) | Nutrition Today | Scoop.it
Five scientifically-backed factors that contribute to Americans’ expanding waist lines that most people have no idea about.

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Are you gaining weight, think you're eating healthy, exercise, and don't know why you're still putting on pounds?  Guess what? Obesity is not simply eating too many calories and not exercising enough, according to this article. Of course, this makes sense because as you now know, lifestyle  and environmental factors play a huge role too.

 

Eating processed junk foods high in sugar with little to no nutrients for quite a number of years and getting by with a little exercise is a recipe for metabolic disaster. Diseases don't develop quickly. Before symptoms become apparent, serious harm is being done to nerves, blood vessels, and organs in your body.

 

And, in addition, having exposure to chemical/carcinogenic toxins in your water, air quality, cosmetics, food, home, location, pharmaceutical and over the counter drugs can take you out causing inflammation, the activation of your immune system in response to infection, irritation, and injury. Inflammation leads to fatigue, high blood pressure, insulin resistance, mood changes, obesity, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, heart disease, ,liver and kidney disease, cancer and the list just goes on and on.

 

Health tips:  Are you aware that what you eat, digest, and absorb directly impacts how your body works?  When you consume fake,  high sugary foods which put your body on a never ending roller coaster, your body gets very sick, very tired, very fat, and very foggy because your body doesn't recognize these poor raw materials and can't utilize them. Your body also may have gluten sensitivities. Be aware and consult with Functional Medicine, Integrative Medicine, NDs, Homeopathic, Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic doctors who are knowledgeable in Nutrition.

 

Do what you can to avoid or eliminate as many environmental toxins, pesticides in the food you buy,  chemicals in the med/OTC drugs you take, the endocrine disruptors like BPA found in the lining of canned foods and others EDs. Drink filtered or pure water, not tap and not bottled.

 

Take vitamin D, B-Complex, and other high quality supplements, make it a habit to engage in regular exercise on a daily basis, laugh and play often, learn how to cook your meals, connect with others frequently, stay positive as much as possible. Yes, there will be down times. It's part of life. Live zestfully into your 90's and beyond.

 

When you eat real whole plant based foods rich in plant nutrients and vitamins, minerals, enzymes, your body uses these for fuel to promote repair and reduce damage in your cells that occurs as you naturally grow older. These nutrients help to build and restore muscle, store fat where it is needed, so you stay thin.

 

Your  lifestyle choice, which would you rather have? A sick, decrepit, frail, pain ridden body or a healthy, vibrant one ready to engage in life?

 

Here's another information packed article on "5 Factors That Make You Pack on Pounds (That almost Nobody Knows About) from eatlocalgrown.com 

 

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6 Superb Morning Rituals To Improve Metabolism - Herbs Info

6 Superb Morning Rituals To Improve Metabolism - Herbs Info | Nutrition Today | Scoop.it
Healthy morning rituals set the tone for how your whole day will go. A metabolism boosting morning regimen helps you burn fat throughout the day. We've picked six of the very best ways... [read more]
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6 Crazy Things That Happen to Your Food Before You Buy It

6 Crazy Things That Happen to Your Food Before You Buy It | Nutrition Today | Scoop.it

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The process of getting that apple on your plate sounds simple enough: farmer picks apple, apple gets loaded on a truck and shipped off to the grocery store where it lands in your cart. Well, not quite. In fact, your food goes through a lot to make it to you, from being treated with antibiotics to getting a chlorine bath and a wax coating. Many of these steps are no big deal (and we want to silence any fears you may have about them), but some are bad for your health and others huge money wasters. Here are a dozen things that are happening to your healthy food before you take a bite. 

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6 Foods that Naturally improve the Health of your Eyes

6 Foods that Naturally improve the Health of your Eyes | Nutrition Today | Scoop.it

"One of the most vital and delicate organs in our body is our eyes – it’s a scary prospect to think about losing your vision."

 

Typically, a lot of the natural degenerative processes in relation to the eyes are irreversible. But there are some important things we can do to maintain eye health and avoid problems down the road. As with a lot of common health issues, your diet and nutrition are essential steps to preventing future problems.

 

So, here are the foods you’ll want to focus on if you’re interested in improving the health and functioning of your eyes.


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31 Signs You're Not Getting Enough Vitamins

31 Signs You're Not Getting Enough Vitamins | Nutrition Today | Scoop.it
Dietitians Emily Haller and Keri Gans on the dead giveaways that you need to step up your nutrient intake.
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Scientists confirm that the Paleo diet is nonsense

Scientists confirm that the Paleo diet is nonsense | Nutrition Today | Scoop.it
The theory behind the very trendy high-protein/low-carb Paleo diet is that we should mimic the diets of our Paleolithic ancestors, eating mainly meat, fish, and a restricted list of pre-agricultural vegetables and fruit.
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The 4 Step Dukan Diet Plan for Permanent Weight Loss and Maintenance

The 4 Step Dukan Diet Plan for Permanent Weight Loss and Maintenance | Nutrition Today | Scoop.it
The yo-yo weight loss diets makes us frustrated. The Dukan Diet Plan is the ultimate solution for permanent weight loss to prevent weight gain in future.
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Scientists who found gluten sensitivity evidence have now shown it doesn't exist

Scientists who found gluten sensitivity evidence have now shown it doesn't exist | Nutrition Today | Scoop.it
The scientific method in action.

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In one of the best examples of science working, a researcher who provided key evidence of (non-celiac disease) gluten sensitivity recently published follow-up papers that show the opposite.

The paper came out last year in the journal Gastroenterology. Here’s the backstory that makes us cheer: The study was a follow up on a 2011 experiment in the lab of Peter Gibson at Monash University in Australia. The scientifically sound - but small - study found that gluten-containing diets can cause gastrointestinal distress in people without celiac disease, a well-known autoimmune disorder triggered by gluten. They called this non-celiac gluten sensitivity.


Gluten is a protein composite found in wheat, barley, and other grains. It gives bread its chewiness and is often used as a meat substitute: If you’ve ever had 'wheat meat', seitan, or mock duck at a Thai restaurant, that’s gluten.

Gluten is a big industry: 30 percent of people want to eat less gluten. Sales of gluten-free products are estimated to hit $US15 billion by 2016.

Although experts estimate that only 1 percent of Americans - about 3 million people - actually suffer from celiac disease, 18 percent of adults now buy gluten-free foods.

Since gluten is a protein found in any normal diet, Gibson was unsatisfied with his finding. He wanted to find out why the gluten seemed to be causing this reaction and if there could be something else going on. He therefore went to a scientifically rigorous extreme for his next experiment, a level not usually expected in nutrition studies.

For a follow-up paper, 37 self-identified gluten-sensitive patients were tested. According to Real Clear Science’s Newton Blog, here’s how the experiment went:

Subjects would be provided with every single meal for the duration of the trial. Any and all potential dietary triggers for gastrointestinal symptoms would be removed, including lactose (from milk products), certain preservatives like benzoates, propionate, sulfites, and nitrites, and fermentable, poorly absorbed short-chain carbohydrates, also known as FODMAPs. And last, but not least, nine days worth of urine and faecal matter would be collected. With this new study, Gibson wasn’t messing around.

The subjects cycled through high-gluten, low-gluten, and no-gluten (placebo) diets, without knowing which diet plan they were on at any given time. In the end, all of the treatment diets - even the placebo diet - caused pain, bloating, nausea, and gas to a similar degree. It didn’t matter if the diet contained gluten. (Read more about the study.)

"In contrast to our first study… we could find absolutely no specific response to gluten," Gibson wrote in the paper. A third, larger study published this month has confirmed the findings.

It seems to be a 'nocebo' effect - the self-diagnosed gluten sensitive patients expected to feel worse on the study diets, so they did. They were also likely more attentive to their intestinal distress, since they had to monitor it for the study.

On top of that, these other potential dietary triggers - specifically the FODMAPS - could be causing what people have wrongly interpreted as gluten sensitivity. FODMAPS are frequently found in the same foods as gluten. That still doesn’t explain why people in the study negatively reacted to diets that were free of all dietary triggers.

You can go ahead and smell your bread and eat it too. Science. It works.

This article was originally published by Business Insider.

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