Food & Diet

  • The Effects of Processed Foods

    February 9th, 2012 |  0

    Yesterday I watched a phenomenal webinar on the effects of food chemicals and child behavior. It was entitled “Driven to Distraction: Food, chemicals and child behavior” and hosted by an organization that is worth knowing, Healthy Food Action.   The webinar was recorded and they promise to have it up soon, once they do I’ll post a link.

    Today a video with a similar theme was posted on a Functional Medicine listserv I am on. If you want to see digestion of wholesome foods vs. processed foods you need to check out this video. Amazing how long long those Ramen noodles are intact in the stomach. I guess we can also just use a compost bin to compare processed vs. whole instead of expensive technology.

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  • GMO Food Failures

    December 27th, 2011 |  0

    I specialize in food sensitivities where certain foods and chemicals are tested for a loss of oral tolerance (a fancy way of saying food sensitivity).   I’ve seen certain chemicals cause headaches in people.  Today I had a patient that determined by a methodical food challenge/washout process that she can eat a non-organic apple only if it is washed very well, otherwise she will get a headache.  Although not certain we can assume it is the pesticide residues on the skin of the unwashed apple as many people are reactive to chemicals. (and do not realize it!)

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  • Olive Oil – Extra Virgin and Beyond

    November 20th, 2011 |  0

    When buying olive oil I often wondered how there could be so many brands at such different prices.   If you go into Whole Foods the unit price cost per gallon can vary dramatically.  Trader Joe’s sells its ‘organic extra-virgin’ olive oil quite inexpensively.     In addition, one can see distinct color variations between oils in clear bottles.  What does this difference mean in terms of phytonutrients, taste and integrity?

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  • Buy Local or Organic Honey Because Most 'Honey' Is Not Honey!

    November 9th, 2011 |  0

    For so many years when people tell me they use honey in their tea or other foods I always question to make sure it isn’t honey from a plastic squeezable bear.    I am surprised how many people use inexpensive ‘honey’ from a standard grocery.   You get what you pay for.  

    There is a great new article from the Food Safety Network entitled “Tests Show Most Store Honey Isn’t Honey”.  Please read it to learn about what was found in store bought honey.   The results aren’t sweet.

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  • Chocolate For the Heart

    October 22nd, 2011 |  0

    Interesting how chocolate is often associated with ‘love’ and ‘heart’ given its known benefit on the cardiovascular system . A review study just presented in Paris – a city that is renowned for its love of food and chocolate – showed that individuals who ate the most chocolate had a 37% lower risk of cardiovascular disease and a 29% lower risk of stroke compared with individuals who ate the least amount of chocolate.

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