Can I Eat Whole Grains if I Have Diabetes?

The World’s Healthiest Foods says “Yes.” The richness of whole grains and high fiber can help keep your blood sugar in balance. The author emphasizes the importance of 100% whole grain products, and notes that many which claim to be “whole grain” may contain less than 5%. Also provided are some general principles for consuming [...]

Riboflavin-B2

Vitamin B2, also known as riboflavin, plays an important role in energy production in our bodies. A low B2 level can cause eye-related problems such sensitivity, tears, and loss of clear vision. Other symptoms include peeling of the skin, cracking of the skin around the mouth and soreness around the lips and tongue. This article [...]

Finger Lickin’ Good

Dr. Mark Hyman extols the virtues of natural, real, and simple food, and provides information on integrating carbs into your diet. He encourages the use of starchy vegetables, legumes, whole grains, and fruit instead of refined carbohydrates and sugars. He also says one should “always” eat a carbohydrate with a protein, fiber or anti-inflammatory fat, [...]

LDL Cholesterol Isn’t Entirely Bad

Pharmacist Suzy Cohen believes we should focus on controlling both LDL and HDL cholesterol, but not try to get them down too low; balance is key. She writes, “Cholesterol is a strong and wonderful anti-inflammatory and a potent antioxidant,” which may be surprising to some. Cohen refers to “bad” LDL and “good” HDL, but says [...]

Carrots

A recent study from the Netherlands shows that orange/yellow foods offer the most protection against cardiovascular disease (CVD). Study participants who consumed at least a quarter cup of carrots per day showed a significant decrease in CVD risk, and received a wide variety of beneficial nutrients including vitamins and minerals. Antioxidant, vision, and anti-cancer benefits [...]

Strontium: A Better Way to Build Bones

The mineral strontium, a natural component of bone, may be a better (and less expensive) choice than bone-building “bisphosphonate” drugs such as Actonel, Boniv and Fosamax, according to pharmacist Suzy Cohen. She says, “Strontium offers a tone two punch with its dual mechanism of action. It prevents bone breakdown, while stimulating new bone growth!” Research [...]

What’s the fat content of chicken and turkey when you remove the skin?

By removing the skin and visible fat from a six-ounce boneless chicken breast, the fat content is reduced from thirteen to seven grams. Pretty impressive, and a great way to eat healthier. However, cooking a chicken breast with the skin off can leave you with a dry, tough dinner. Experts instead suggest cooking poultry with [...]