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What’s the Healthiest Beverage?

            Plant-based whole foods are typically 95% to 98% water. As a plus, they include essential micronutrients.  In effect, plant-based whole foods are nature’s way of providing bottled water.             When blended into smoothies or made into soups, plant-based whole foods can also provide excellent hydration.  As a bonus, soups and smoothies can be part […]

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Diets Germs Public Health

The Breakfast of Champions

You are probably familiar with the breakfast cereal Wheaties, “The Breakfast of Champions.” Amazingly, that tag line must have worked pretty well given that Wheaties are still on grocery shelves 85 years after being introduced to America. Over the years, many athletes have been featured on the box.  The first athlete was Lou Gehrig, featured […]

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Diets Mind-Body Recipes Weight loss

Could a Recipe Save Your Life?

There have been many advances in medicine over the last 150 years.  Better anesthesia, safer blood transfusions, antibiotics that made amazing surgical techniques possible, and in some cases, almost routine.  Antibiotics alone have saved millions from otherwise deadly bacterial infections.  Hardly a year goes by without another advance in imaging technology, genetics, or new drug […]

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Diets Fiber Weight loss

Vinegar for Health – Does it Help?

            Perhaps you have heard that vinegar aids in weight loss and in lowering blood sugar.  As with many folk remedies, no one bothered to test this until 1988 when the Vinegar Institute put it to the test.  Well, that’s a red flag.  How seriously can you take an industry-funded study to sell more vinegar? […]

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Diets Exercise

Eat Plants Feel Whole

            The purpose of a self-help book is to change your life for the better, hopefully, before it’s too late.  Unfortunately, in matters of health, many people seeking medical help are already in crisis and sometimes beyond the point of full recovery.             In Dr. George Guthrie’s new book, “Eat Plants Feel Whole,” he shares […]

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The Daniel Plan

            The Daniel Plan is a diet and lifestyle guide based on science and Biblical teachings.  In general, the nutrition recommendations are in alignment with what I would recommend for someone just beginning to break away from a lifetime of eating the Standard American Diet (SAD).  For someone further along in their nutrition education, it […]

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Diets Fiber Recipes

Meat Substitutes

Have you noticed, meat substitutes are gaining in popularity?  While these meat substitutes go by many different names (plant-based meat, fake meat, meat analogs, mock meat, imitation meat, or vegan meat) they are all made primarily from plants, although most are made from highly refined plant parts. For many, these meat substitutes are believed to […]

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Diets Uncategorized Weight loss

Do You Snack Wisely?

            Have you noticed how many people snack between meals?  If you have, the Department of Agriculture assures us, it’s not just the people around you.  According to Government surveys, snacking between meals has increased significantly over the past 50 years. By the 1970s, about 50% had taken up snacking between meals.  More recent surveys […]

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Diets Weight loss

The Keto Diet

            In recent years, the keto (ketogenic) diet has become increasingly popular.  Like most fad diets, the enthusiastic claims have little substance aside from quick weight loss that is rarely sustainable.  Of course, fast weight loss, with disregard for consequences is the common thread in every fad diet.             Fads are like mold on the […]

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Diets Public Health

Nutrition Labels Are Changing

            The format of Government regulated nutrition labels has evolved over the years and is ready to change again.  As you might expect, getting agreement from all interested parties (scientist, consumers, farmers, food manufacturers, etc.) has required tradeoffs.  In the politics of nutrition, decisions in favor of science over industry profits gained a little this […]