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  • Do You Suffer From Protein Anxiety?

    by Neal Barnard, MD, FACC | September 18, 2017

    vegetarian-proteinDo you suffer from “protein anxiety”? It’s a condition commonly seen in people who have never had a protein deficiency, but worry endlessly that they’re not getting enough. They pile on the meat, fish, eggs or cheese, trying to avert an imaginary lack of protein.

    Of course, the body needs some protein to build and repair body tissues. But protein is widely available in beans, vegetables, and grains. It is almost impossible not to get all the protein you need, even without eating meat, dairy or eggs.

    Here are the numbers: An average women needs about 46 grams of protein per day; Read more

  • Does Sugar Cause Diabetes?

    by Neal Barnard, MD, FACC | August 30, 2017

    sugary-foodsThe recent film What the Health raised the question as to whether sugar or other carbohydrates cause diabetes. Because blood sugar levels are high in diabetes, a common notion has held that eating sugar somehow triggers the disease process. The American Diabetes Association(1) and Diabetes UK(2) have labeled this notion a “myth,” as has the Joslin Diabetes Center(3), which wrote, “Diabetes is not caused by eating too much sugar.” These and other organizations have worked to educate people about the causes of diabetes and the role that foods play in the disease process. Read more

  • 6 Blogs to Help With Back to School

    by Paula Gallagher | August 28, 2017

    back-to-schoolFor some, school has already started, but for many this is the last week of summer before the schedules, homework and activities start up again. It is a hectic and busy time of year and can be stressful for both kids and parents.

    From worrying about what to pack for lunch, to wondering what types of germs they are going to be bringing home, these 6 blogs will provide tips, tricks and ideas to make the transition from summer to school a little easier.

    Healthy School Lunches: We all want healthy meals for our children – but in a busy world, achieving this is sometimes easier said than done. Read more

  • SOS for PCOS: Diet

    by Paula Gallagher | July 18, 2017

    vegetables-for-PCOSMany women experience problems with their periods. But for many women, the problems can be caused by an increasingly common condition called polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Last week we looked at possible causes and symptoms of PCOS.

    PCOS is characterized by poor insulin function, with elevated insulin secretion reinforcing the cycle of hormone imbalance and anovulation (prolonged menstrual periods). Women who are overweight or obese are at increased risk of insulin resistance and prediabetes, but even thin women with PCOS have been shown to suffer from reactive hypoglycemia, where initial insulin oversecretion leads to rebound low blood sugar levels. Read more

  • How to Make Your Grilling Healthier

    by Margo Gladding | July 3, 2017

    bbqAs you get ready to fire up your grill for the July 4th holiday, I want to share with you some tips to make your grilling healthier, as well as more flavorful. For most people, barbecuing is one of the true joys of summertime, but it is unfortunately associated with some real health risks. Research has identified carcinogenic by-products associated with grilled foods, particularly red meat, poultry, lamb, pork and fish.

    The two carcinogens to be aware of are heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Read more

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