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Five Healthy Nuts

Here is a list of some of the healthiest nuts and some (not all) of the most important vitamins and minerals in each. 1) Walnuts Walnuts are a nutritional powerhouse. They are good for the heart and the brain. They are loaded with the antioxidant “ellagic acid” and other disease fighting polyphenols. Walnuts are also one of the best food sources of Omega-3 fatty Acids. The protein in walnuts contains many essential amino acids. Here is a look at the … [Read more...]

Does Reduced Salt Consumption Do More Harm Than Good?

The excellent science writer Gary Taubes wrote a very interesting op-ed piece in the Sunday New York Times (June 3, 2012) about salt. The crux of the discussion is this: The conventional wisdom for decades is that salt is bad and is a cause of high blood pressure, causes hypertension and heart disease, and raises the risk of premature death. However, Taubes points out that the evidence of these negative side effects of salt are significantly overblown and, possibly, … [Read more...]

Don’t Be Fooled: Fructose is Sugar!

The fructose in natural fruit juice is unhealthy and will make you fat! Most diabetics are probably (or hopefully) aware of this but the rest us, not so much. Many of us are under the incorrect assumption that if a bottle of juice indicates “all natural ingredients” or “no added sugar” that the product must be healthy and certainly will not do us any harm. But that is a dangerous misconception. And even if not dangerous, this misconception will make it a heck of a lot … [Read more...]