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Good Gut Health = Good Health

Gut health was one of the hottest topics at this year’s annual Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics convention held recently in Boston. The choice of carbohydrates and more importantly, dietary fiber, play an important role in influencing the gut microbiota. Then there are prebiotics and probiotics. Nutrition research has pinpointed specific functional components of foods […]

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Surprising News About Processed Foods

Processed food has a bad reputation as a diet saboteur. It’s blamed for our nation’s obesity epidemic, high blood pressure and the prevalence of Type 2 diabetes. But processed food is more than boxed macaroni and cheese, potato chips and drive-thru hamburgers. It may be a surprise to learn that whole-wheat bread, homemade soup or […]

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Should You Go Gluten-Free?

We seem to fear gluten these days like we used to fear fat and carbs. At a recent women’s conference I attended, the buffet line included four large signs declaring the salad, vegetables and chicken were all gluten-free. The people standing in line next to me wondered if that was a good thing? Gluten-free diets […]