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Myth: Detox diets remove toxins from your body

TRUTH: If you google search for “detox diet”, you’ll get a range of results from fasting to strict meal plans.  Most of these use quasi-science and make extremely overblown claims touting the benefits of detoxing. So what’s the science based perspective?  Here are the basics: Natural detox mainly happens in the liver (though other systems […]

Recipe: Whole Fruit Pops

One of my biggest issues with summer desserts is that it is very often unhealthy.  Ice cream, gelato, sorbet with added sugar, fruit pies and cobblers, and chilled cheesecakes often top the list of sugary sweets.  Not necessary!  Making refreshing desserts doesn’t have to be highly caloric. Try using some creative molds to make these […]

Recipe: Homemade Almond Milk

Though I don’t have anything against cow’s milk, I don’t really enjoy drinking it.  The only time I’ll have milk is on cereal (and that happens about twice a year).  I’m not opposed to it; I eat cheese and yogurt, I just don’t like drinking milk.  And I know I’m not alone. However, I do […]

Recipe: Creamy Beet and Green Garlic Pasta

Beets are coming into season soon and green garlic is going out!  This recipe puts both to good use while the seasons overlap.  Using cream cheese instead of goat cheese helps cut the fat of the dish, while keeping it creamy and sweet.  This recipe is an easy meal to prepare when you have very […]

Double up on Vitamin D

Functions Vitamin D can be made by our bodies from sunlight; most people can synthesize sufficient amounts if you’re in the sun between 10am and 3pm, at least twice a week, for about 5–30 minutes (and with your face, arms, legs, or back exposed without sunscreen).  Of course, you should also choose foods that are […]

Myth: Alcohol kills brain cells

TRUTH:  We’ve all heard the claim that alcohol kills brain cells, particularly in heavy drinkers or binge drinkers.  Actually, just looking at extremely intoxicated people makes you wonder how brain cells could possibly survive, but they do. Intoxication results in impaired vision and speech, difficulty walking, slow reaction time, and general disinhibition.  Alcohol obviously affects […]

Recipe: Lentil and Spinach Coconut Curry

This light and fresh curry is perfect for a quick meal.  It’s a dish with a lot of flavor but relatively few calories.  You can use any type or color of lentils you want, but larger varieties will need to cook for a longer period of time.  All varieties are chock full o’ protein, fiber, […]

Myth: Microwaving foods zaps nutrients away

TRUTH: I want to start by being clear about how microwaves heat food.  Microwaves emit a small amount of radiation that excites molecules, causing them to heat up.  Microwaves do not actually zap (i.e. break apart or destroying molecules with ionizing radiation) food. The actual waves don’t kill nutrients, so what does?  Overcooking!  Some nutrients […]

Myth: Gluten is toxic and decreases your energy levels.

TRUTH:  If I made the statement ‘I’m not eating gluten’ 10 years ago, you probably would have cocked your head to the side a little and said ‘gluten?! What’s that?’  What propelled gluten into the media spotlight and food-trend bandwagon?  A single scientific study. This study, published in 2003 found that celiac disease (an allergy […]

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The B vitamins include: Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid B6, Folic Acid, Biotin, and B12. B-complex supplements provide adequate amounts of more than one (if not all) of the B’s! Functions Energy and metabolism Nervous system Promotes cell growth and Development Immune System Foods (1 serving provides at least 20% of the Daily Value): Animal […]