Food and Nutrition

Surprising and Dangerous Facts About Alternative Sweeteners

For years now, we’ve been told to avoid the right things and consume the wrong things. Case in point: butter vs. margarine or raw milk vs. commercially processed nonfat milk. Instead of using what mother nature provides, we reach for an alternative option because supposedly, it’s better for us. But applying a bit of common…

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Fermented Food is a Superfood

Fermented Food is a Superfood! It’s hard to keep up with all the research being done about the extreme benefits of fermented foods. Until recently, the general public was largely unaware of this ‘new food group’ however, every single traditional culture in the world has a long history of including fermented foods as part of…

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Plant vs. Animal Protein

Navigating the protein powder options in your local supermarket or health food store can feel a bit like scrolling through pages and pages of Netflix options trying to find the one that best fits your mood. Each of the protein powders on store shelves begs to be purchased, attempting to capture your attention over all…

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Sweet, Sweet Sugar

How is it that something that can taste so good, can also be the source of severe and in some case, fatal, health risks? Sugar fits that description, but it’s the usage, not the product, that can compromise our health. So, whether your doctor has told you to avoid refined sugars, or your body has…

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Daily Magnesium Sources

The consumption of foods that are high in magnesium is essential to our body’s cellular health. The biochemical processes that help us function at full capacity are significantly influenced by how much magnesium we consume. Nerve functions, our body’s capacity to manage blood sugar levels and metabolize energy, and the synthesizing of protein all rely…

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Artificial Sweeteners and Weight Gain

You’ve heard of the notorious Freshman 15, right? It’s not just campus folklore. In fact, there have been a number of research studies done on Freshman students in which thousands of them mysteriously gained weight. The research was being conducted to assess the ways that transitioning to college influences diet, weight, and metabolism among these…

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Fructose – The Bad Kid

We have covered glucose, the body’s preferred fuel (and the brain’s only fuel). If this were school and we were grading papers, glucose would get an A+. Then there’s fructose, that obnoxious kid who sits in the back of the class and makes faces at the teacher. And pulls all the girls’ hair. And always…

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The Skinny on Glucose

Sugar. Most of us love it. We’re meant to love it; if we weren’t, why would our tongues have dedicated sweet receptors? So, sugar is not the enemy, no matter what the fad diet doctor of the moment would have us believe. The problem is that for most of human history, our access to sweets…

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Whey Protein Powders

Protein powders have become popular as meal replacements and as supplements for building muscle quickly. But what’s really in them? Highly processed whey, usually. Added sugar, very often. Artificial flavors, almost always. After all, who wants to drink a glass of yummy whey all by itself? Maybe that one guy who sometimes indulges in a…

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