Lemons – why our health loves them

Lemons – why our health loves them

Lemons are an outstanding source of several nutrients but the primary one that stands out the most is vitamin C.  It is a rich source of this nutrient also known as ascorbic acid which can provide important health benefits for each of us:

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Manage irritable bowel syndrome with a FODMAP diet  

Manage irritable bowel syndrome with a FODMAP diet   

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common gastrointestinal condition affecting between 25 and 45 million people in the United States or about 1 in 7 people.  The majority of sufferers are women and all ages can be affected, including children. 

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8 foods loaded with potassium besides bananas

8 foods loaded with potassium besides bananas

There is nothing wrong with bananas as a go-to food for your potassium fix.  But what if you don’t really like bananas or you get tired of eating them.  Or what if you find out there are many other very good and nutritious foods that actually contain more potassium than a banana? 

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Artificial sweeteners may cause more harm than help

Artificial sweeteners may cause more harm than help

Many people have concerns with GMO’s, gluten, and pesticides, but few question the use of artificial sweeteners.  From aspartame (Equal, Nutra-Sweet), sucralose (Splenda), stevia (Truvia, Pure Via), and acesulfame-K (Sunett, Sweet One), these substitutes for sugar riddle our food supply without many of us knowing it as they are not always clearly labeled on food packaging.

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Is turkey really the reason for Thanksgiving sleepiness?

Is turkey really the reason for Thanksgiving sleepiness?

The body cannot make serotonin without tryptophan.  Serotonin, in turn, is needed to make melatonin, a hormone that exerts a calming effect on the body which helps regulate sleep and wake cycles.

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In a nutshell, nut consumption is good for heart health

In a nutshell, nut consumption is good for heart health

Here’s a nutty idea – avoid heart disease by regularly having a handful of nuts.  This is the news according to findings from a recent study recommending increasing the variety of nuts to reduce the risk of this chronic disease. 

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The healthiest foods on your Thanksgiving table

The healthiest foods on your Thanksgiving table

Thanksgiving is almost here and that means one thing – food and lots of it.  In fact, according to different sources, it is estimated that the average number of calories a person consumes on turkey day is at least 2,400 up to 4,500. 

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Stock up on allium veggies – a source of powerful phytochemicals

Allium foods are a family of vegetables of the genus Allium, which include garlic, onions, shallots, leeks, scallions and chives.  Many of us may use them daily in cooking but without realizing the robust nutritional bang they are providing due to their subtle, less charismatic manner. 

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Be forewarned – black licorice may cause serious harm

Be forewarned – black licorice may cause serious harm

There are two types of people in the world – those you love black licorice and those who don’t.  For all the black licorice lovers out there, be careful.  Going overboard on indulging on your candy craving for this treat can backfire on you.

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