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Diet for a New Millennium

Foods which are “good for our health” have been around for centuries. The words nutraceuticals and functional foods are perhaps less than twenty years old, but it is evident that as we turn our calendars over to 2000, these types of foods and beverages are going to become more and more a part of our diet. People are thinking more about what’s on their plate, where their food came from and

Garlic and Cholesterol

A key risk factor for the increase of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease is high serum cholesterol concentration. Studies conducted prior to this experiment showed that garlic aided the reduction of serum cholesterol and was active in reducing hypocholesterolemia. It was recognized that many studies neglected to monitor vital signs, body weight, blood chemistry, and liver

Fortifying Food

Many of us know what we should be eating to stay healthy, but often it is difficult to plan a menu that each day will supply natural sources of essential vitamins and minerals. This is one of the reasons why food fortification programs began. Now with have margarines with added vitamin A and milk fortified with vitamin D and table salt that contains iodine. Health regulatory

Trans Fatty Acids Found in Many Foods

Not all fats are made equal. And not all fats are good for you. Fats are the major source of energy in our diet. We need energy to live, grow and function normally. Certain types of fat are essential in our diet because our bodies can't make them, but we have to be careful of the types and amounts of fat we eat. We should limit the total amount of fat they consume. We should be including

Soy Protein and Hot Flashes

For many post menopausal women the symptoms are familiar: hot flashes, insomnia, nervousness, melancholia, headaches, weakness, vertigo. Although hormone replacement therapy (HRT) has gained wide acceptance as a means of reducing these symptoms of menopause, many women prefer alternatives that are more traditional and less controversial. The possible increase in the incidence

Now on Labels

Food manufacturers in the United States are slowly putting certain health claims on food labels and packages. It is a slow process because of the need to protect the consumer and the need for sound scientific proof to justify each claim. Below are the eleven health claims that are now approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration and examples of the wording that you

Butter vs Margarine

It is probably the most frequent question that any nutritionist is asked. “So which is better for me: butter or margarine?” Although they both are sources of fat, to determine which is better for your health you have to look more closely at what kind of fats are found in butter and margarines

Lactose Intolerance and Calcium Status

A large part of the population avoid milk, cheese, ice cream and other dairy products because they have found that these types of foods don’t agree with them. Bloating, gas, and cramps after eating milk based foods are all signs that point to the fact that their levels and activity of lactase enzyme are not adequate to properly digest the sugar lactose that is found in such foods. Many

Why We Should Know More About Psyllium

Psyllium is a rather new additive that has found its way into several of our regular foods, particularly breakfast cereals. So what is psyllium and how is it good for health?

Toxicity of Vitamins

When people start to look around for supplements they naturally are looking to get the most for their money. That is only natural. And of course the companies that sell vitamins try to get your attention by printing in large print how much each capsule or pill contains: this one has 100 IU’s, another 200, and a third 300 IU’s. The use of supplements is increasing

The Acidity of Food

There was a widely held belief that eating certain foods that were acidic would lead to stomach ulcers. Indeed for many years doctors would advise patients that were diagnosed with ulcers to avoid certain foods. People who suffer from heartburn also often try to find something in their diet that is adding acid to their stomach. But a closer look at the acidity of foods and the events

US Recognizes Benefits of Soy Protein

Another food ingredient has passed the rigorous scrutiny of the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) and now can appear on food labels. US officials have concluded that there is now enough information to warrant a health claim that relates the consumption soy protein to reduced risque of coronary heart disease. However, like several other claims allowed

Vitamin Supplementation Very Common

We all are trying to eat healthy diets, by cutting down of the total amount of fat we eat, avoiding hydrogenated oils, eating more bread and pasta and including more fruits and vegetables in our diets. If we have enough time to plan our grocery shopping and enough time to do our own cooking, it is easy to prepare nutritious meals. But life is very hectic, and more and more meals are

Vegetarians and Vitamin B12

People’s eating habits are influenced by many things - their age, ethnic background, economic status, religious beliefs. The growing relationship between diet and health has prompted many to make major changes in their diet. Vegetarian diets have become popular for many reasons besides concern about health. It’s obviously one way to avoid red meats, dairy and poultry products, all of

Chocolates as Part of a Healthy Diet

Who says that you have to suffer to be healthy? There is more to healthy eating than just raw vegetables and tofu. Lots more. Now it looks like you can include chocolate in your diet and use the excuse that you are just doing it for your heart. The story of how chocolate is made is a long one that involves many key chemical steps which change the cream coloured beans

Fiber Helps Type 2 Diabetics

A recent report by a group of American and German researchers has raised the question about the role dietary fiber can play in the treatment and control of Type 2 Diabetes. Type 2 Diabetes is more formally referred to as noninsulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM). NIDDM is the most common form of diabetes

Good for You but Not a Cure

To the consumer, the rules are confusing. To the food industry, the rules are frustrating. But to the regulators, the rules are clear. There are foods and there are drugs and it should be easy to distinguish between the two. However, the problem arises when a food manufacturer wants to make health claims on the product label. A limited number of structure - function claims are now allowed in

No New Vitamins

Consumers are always looking for the newest invention or the latest model. That works well if you are shopping for a car or a new stereo system, but when it comes to vitamins there have been no new recent discoveries that the health conscious shopper. If you see something that you haven’t heard of before - beware.

Healthy Colors in Fruits & Vegetables

It is no surprising news that our mother’s admonishment to eat all our vegetables was good and wise advice. Did we listen? Why did some of us develop temporary “hearing” problems and slipped our broccoli to the dog? Alas, we could not have imagined then just how right she was.

Watch Out for Hidden Fats

Reduce the total fat in the diet is a point that can be found in every dietary recommendation that has been published for North Americans over the last 10 years. We are eating too much fat and it’s not good for our health. When it comes to the foods we eat there are two different types of fat - visible fat and hidden fat. No, this hasn’t got anything to do with magic, but rather

Zinc an Essential Mineral

Although most people can list one or two vitamins that are important to have in their diet - there’s vitamin C, vitamin E and folic acid - when it comes to mineral the list is not as well known. Calcium is one of the best known mineral which we all need enough of to ensure good bone and teeth development. Iron is important to prevent anemia. But after that, there’s ... there’s zinc. Yes, zinc is a

Olestra Turned Down

For many people the way to cut down on fat in their diet is to start eating low fat foods. Early on food manufacturers found that when they removed the fat from many familiar foods, consumers were turned off by the taste and texture. Low fat foods had lost that smooth, melt in your mouth characteristic. It just didn’t taste the same. Enter the chemists. They found that six, seven and even eight

Cooked Carrots May be Better than Raw Ones

Everyone knows that it’s good to eat fruits and vegetables. You can probably find in most lunch bags packed for school an apple or orange and some raw vegetables - celery, cucumber or carrots. Raw vegetables are quick to prepare and are often the only way children can be fooled into getting enough vegetables in their diet. Creating circus animals made out of raw celery, tomatoes,

Folic Acid: Get Enough

Fruit and vegetables are our best sources of vitamins in the diet, but they are found in very small quantities. That is why dietary recommendations always stress several servings of fruit and vegetables each day. There is always a concern that many consumers are not getting enough vitamins. Now we have fortified foods and row upon row of pills and capsules of supplements in the pharmacy and

Grapefruit and Drug Interactions

We usually think of foods being good for our health, but there are exceptions. Some people have sensitivity to such things as peanuts, shell fish and certain mushrooms. Exposure to even very small amounts of these foods can result in anaphalactic shock which can be life threatening. For others a case of itchy hives can follow a dish of fresh strawberries - a minor and short

Prophylactic of Iodine Deficit Related Conditions

Iodine is one of the most important microelements needed for synthesis of thyroid hormones which is vital for normal functioning of the human organism. Deficit of iodine in soil and water and, consequently, its low supply to human body through food causes various pathological conditions of the thyroid gland: people suffer from fatigue, irritability, weakened memory and attention. Sometimes it causes

Adding Anti-oxidants to the Diet

Anti-oxidants have been labelled as the magic bullet for a large range of diseases including various types of cancers and cardiovascular disease. Antioxidants occur naturally in our bodies, or are obtained from certain foods; their primary function is to eliminate the damaging effects of free radicals that are in our bodies. The amount of antioxidants in our bodies together with those we

Lung Cancer Risk Reduced by Broccoli

Broccoli has been the brunt of many jokes; some people love it and others would rather fill up on another vegetable. But most people believe that broccoli is good for health. A recent report in the prestigious journal The Lancet explains there appears to be more reason to believe that eating broccoli may be good for health

Fermenting Milk May Help Ulcer Sufferers

A big breakthrough occurred several years ago when it was finally proven that a bacteria - Helicobacter pylori - was the cause of most stomach ulcers. Up until that time, many factors including stress and diet were thought to be the agents that led to ulcers. Even before the cause of the disease was identified, it was common practice for medical doctors to prescribe milk to ulcer