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Examining The Gluten-Free Diet Craze

Magazine articles, news programs, and everyday conversations all frequently feature one topic: going gluten-free. While medical conditions like celiac disease and gluten allergies have long necessitated a gluten-free lifestyle, electing to go gluten-free has recently become a widespread health phenomenon. What is the truth behind the hype? Is following a gluten-free diet really a healthier way to live? What should someone do if he or she believes he or she wants to … [Read more...]

Examining Essential Oils

Using essential oils for healing purposes is an age-old practice, but these ancient oils have recently seen a reemergence in many medicine cabinet appearances all over the country. Claiming to fix a wide variety of ailments, these oils are sold in major stores, websites, and even through home shows. How is the average consumer to know if these tiny jars of oil are miracles in a bottle or merely modern day snake oil? Our helpful guidelines will help savvy, … [Read more...]

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...]