Hidden Carbs – the Liquid “Fructose Hit”

The water alternative

Watching what you drink is not just about alcohol consumption.  The so-called “fructose hit” – the daily consumption of sweetened drinks – is a major change in the carbohydrate consumption of millions of people worldwide.  Are you aware, for example, of the number of calories you get from the liquids you consume?  Fruit juices, soft [...]

Can We be Fat and Healthy?

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It’s an interesting question that would make most professionals throw up their hands in horror as they push us firmly towards the dietitian or gastric banding surgeon. However there are individuals and populations who defy the statistics.  Spanish women, for example, have been found to weigh in heavier than the rest of the Mediterranean female [...]

Right to Adequate Food

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Many are familiar with the drastic decline in the health of indigenous people worldwide when their communities are introduced to “fast food”.  Food is readily available, but it’s “calorie rich, nutrition poor”.  Now it seems our cities are becoming “food deserts”, or more correctly, “nutritional deserts”. Limited access to wholefoods and good sources of nutrition [...]

Probiotics and Obesity

Bacteria

Gut bacteria linked to obesity?  How is that possible? Maybe you didn’t realize that the microbial cells in your gut (some people call them bugs) outnumber human cells 10 to 1. What’s more, they weigh about one and a half kilograms not counting those that cover our skin and mucous membranes. The fact that so [...]