The Low-FODMAP Diet – Helpful or Hurtful?

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by David Greenwalt The low-FODMAP diet:  an unusual name for a complicated diet. People seem to be talking more and more about it. But what is it? Would it help you? And what in the world is a FODMAP, anyway? This article will explain, in simple terms, what the low-FODMAP diet is, and who it may – and may not – be helpful for. What is a FODMAP? The term FODMAP is an acronym for Fermentable Oligo-, Di- and Mono-saccharides, And Polyols. (All clear now, right?) Basically, these are a ...

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What Are Nightshades? Good or Bad?

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by David Greenwalt What are nightshades? Despite their rather mysterious-sounding name, “nightshades” are simply a family of plants. Their scientific name is Solanaceae. The family includes over 2,000 species, ranging from vines and herbs to shrubs and trees. Most nightshades are inedible, but a few are commonly eaten: potatoes, tomatoes, bell peppers, chili peppers, and eggplant. Less common foods from the nightshade family are ground cherries, tomatilloes, and red goji ...

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The Truth About Negative Calorie Foods

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By David Greenwalt If you've ever searched for weight loss miracles you've undoubtedly found a website or fifty touting the miracle of the negative-calorie-food diet. The most common "negative-calorie" food touted is celery. A stalk of celery is about six calories. The miracle pitch is that the calories it takes to chew it and digest it are about nine calories. Hence, the six-calorie celery ends up being a negative-calorie food because nine (the calories purported to digest it) is greater ...

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Brown Rice versus White Rice:  Which One Is Really Healthier?

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by David Greenwalt Brown rice is a whole grain; white rice is not. Brown rice contains more fiber, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients than white rice. Seems like brown rice is the clear winner in terms of health, right? Some have suggested that it may not be quite so clear. All those extra vitamins and minerals in brown rice are accompanied by phytates – molecules that can limit absorption of some nutrients. In recent years, there has also been concern over levels of arsenic ...

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Six Stupid Diet Tips That Make Me Want To Scream

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At Leanness Lifestyle University our mission statement includes "Evidence-based lifestyle-management for permanent weight control." That might seem like a mouthful but every word is important. The first part of our mission statement includes "evidence-based." For two decades now I've kept my nose buried in the real, published, peer-reviewed research. I interview lead authors of the research, authors published in the New England Journal of Medicine and many others, and I make these interviews ...

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