Category Archives: Food & Drink

Are These 3 Popular Sugar Alternatives Healthy?

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Alden Chadwick

In the pursuit to consume less sugar and stabilize blood sugar, we may use sweeteners like aspartame (“Equal”), sorbitol, sucralose (“Splenda”) or saccharin (“Sweet n Low”). Although these sweeteners have been approved by the FDA as “Generally Recognized As Safe” (GRAS), they are also known to present significant health costs.

Health Costs Associated with Artificial Sweeteners

Artificial sweeteners also make a difficult baking substitute. Due to different sweetness-to-volume ratios than sugar, they aren’t necessarily compatible for certain recipes, making

Fortunately, there are more natural alternative sweeteners available. Here are a few that are growing in popularity and increasingly found in products and cabinets.

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4 Tasty Meals That Add Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables To Your Autumn Day

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With autumn comes the browning of tree leaves and pumpkins everywhere. What else is new and exciting?

Produce.

Fruits like pears and persimmons and vegetables like cabbage and beets are now plentiful because they’re in season. To help you eat by the season, we have created a recipe guide that incorporates the fruits, nuts, and vegetables of autumn.
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The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

Health or Hype: Why is Everyone Eating Sauerkraut?

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Credit: Flickr Creative Commons, Cara Faus

Let’s talk sauerkraut. While some eat it for pleasure, forkfuls are being shoveled down with a purpose. This lacto fermented food is in the spotlight – but is it all it’s claimed to be? Continue reading

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

Need to Know More About Omega-3? This Cheat Sheet is For You.

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Credit: Flickr Creative Commons, gudlyf

Different types of fat have different consequences to your body and total health. While fat and its many different forms have been getting more attention and conversation, today we’re focusing on Omega-3 fatty acids.

According to the American Heart Association, Omega-3 fatty acids benefit the heart of healthy people, and those at high risk of or who have cardiovascular disease.

Symptoms of omega-3 fatty acid deficiency include fatigue, poor memory, dry skin, heart problems, mood swings or depression, and poor circulation. Continue reading

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

The Big Fitness Disconnect – How Your Bars, Shakes and “Go Big” Attitude May Be Hurting You

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There’s a disconnect between health and fitness. Observe trends like the explosion of fitspo, proliferation of obstacle course races, and flocks of jocks eyeing a chiseled physique; Many products, foods and philosophies are focused on achieving this look at any cost, leaving health and long-term health to the wayside. What makes you fit isn’t always what contributes to a healthy lifestyle. Continue reading

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

Statins for Everyone? See the Risks and Side Effects First (and changes you can make for a healthy heart)

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Credit: Flickr Creative Commons, Nicolas Raymon

Half a million Americans die of of heart disease every year.

Two new studies have emerged regarding the new 2013 guidelines on statins, the medications used for lowering cholesterol in those at risk for cardiovascular disease. The 2013 guidelines were based on the notion that many people can benefit from statins, beyond those at risk for heart disease. When announced, this opened the door for millions of Americans to begin taking more prescription pills. In the JAMA-published studies–here and here–physicians weighed in on statin therapy for primary prevention – prevention designed to prevent the occurrence of disease and promote health – of cardiovascular disease, and cost effectiveness. Continue reading

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.