Real sugar or artificially sweetened–what’s better? With hot summer weather now here, many of us are reaching for cool refreshing drinks, and this raises a common controversy about choosing sweetened drinks, such as Coke, Pepsi and lemonade, or artificially sweetened beverages such as Diet Coke or Diet Pepsi. Many of us probably remember the research…

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The latest diet craze sweeping across America is the ketogenic diet. Although very closely related to the Atkins diet, the “keto” diet, as it is called, focuses more on high fat and moderate amounts of protein. Both diets emphasize low carbohydrates. Like the Atkins diet, most people are using it for weight loss, but it…

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According to Dr. Maria I. Vazquez Roque, gastroenterologist at the Mayo Clinic, there is controversy among experts and in the literature as to whether gluten intolerance exists. Over the past 10 – 15 years, Celiac Disease (CD), an auto-immune disorder where patients have adverse affects to eating foods with gluten, has become much better known…

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food and mood

In the late 1990s, Dr. Kathleen DesMaisons published a very popular book “Potatoes Not Prozac,” which described in detail the effect that certain foods have on our mood. Through her research and the research of other neuroscientists, we now understand how certain foods effect brain chemicals such as the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine which then…

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