Fall In Love With Seasonal Fall Produce

Ah, fall. Nature’s little reminder that reality does indeed exist and that life is not just one endless summer. Temperatures drop, school starts, and the nights get longer. Fall is the most contemplative of the seasons, as Michael Scott from The Office once said. But don’t get too bummed out. Fall has its benefits too, Read more…

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Food vs. Juice vs. Vitamins: Who Wins?

So there you sit, feeling empty, tired, and weak after a long weekend filled with too little sleep and too much fried food, sugar, and alcohol. Your body is craving some sort of legitimate nutrition. You have three options on the table: an orange, a glass of orange juice, and a vitamin C pill. Which Read more…

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Ask the Dietitian: Modified Food Starch & Maltodextrin

Question: Do you need to avoid modified food starch and maltodextrin to be gluten-free? The books and cookbooks I have read seem to say yes, unless it specifies it was made from corn. However, I am seeing more and more products with those ingredients labeling themselves gluten-free. Case in point, Quaker Cheese Rice Cakes contain Read more…

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G.I. Distress and That Time We Got Drunk on Pineapple.

I eat the stuff I like. I eat pineapple because I like it. It’s the same reason I eat Siggi’s Coconut skyr, aged & soft cheeses, artichokes, fresh basil, dill pickles, beets, walnuts & honey. So it’s swell that these foods happen to help my digestive system, because I’m willing to eat them. I just got sick Read more…

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The Immune System and Food Allergies

The immune system functions like a sentinel standing guard against foreign invaders. In the case of an allergy, the invaders are called allergens. The primary weapon that it uses against invaders is the production of antibodies. The antibodies cause reactions that result in the offending allergens being removed from the body. In many people, foods Read more…

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MCT’s: A Weapon Against Malabsorption

Malabsorption. It’s one of the hallmark symptoms of most gastrointestinal disorders, including Celiac Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (I.B.S.), and gluten intolerance. Malabsorption has many consequences and is the main component behind many of the symptoms associated with the aforementioned disorders. Essentially, when any nutrient other than fiber goes through your gut and doesn’t get absorbed, Read more…

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What is Gastroparesis?

The word gastroparesis often gives people the impression that their stomach is paralyzed and that there is nothing that they can do to solve their problem. Fortunately, this is often not the case, certainly not in the same way that someone with a serious spinal cord injury may suffer from paralysis. The diagnosis of gastroparesis Read more…

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It’s All Greek (Yogurt) To Me

Once upon a time, there was a group of people living in the Mediterranean called the Ancient Greeks. Perhaps you’ve heard of them. Their contributions to the modern world are numerous. They are credited with either inventing/discovering or being major contributors to everything from democracy to philosophy, medicine to mathematics, literature to architecture, and just Read more…

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Glutamine: The Gut’s Best Friend

Glutamine is one of the 20 amino acids that serve as the building blocks for all life on this planet (as far as life on other planets, who knows). But glutamine itself is a unique amino acid that really stands out from the crowd and may be especially beneficial to those intolerant to gluten. So Read more…

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G-Free Foodie Review – Kettle Cuisine

Kettle Cuisine has been around since 1986 when they began cooking soup, mainly for restaurants, using fresh, natural and high quality ingredients. Twenty years later, in 2006 when the FDA proposed a formal definition for gluten free foods Kettle Cuisine began creating gluten free soups and made them directly available to the consumer.  Founder and Read more…

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WHAT IS BEHÇET’S DISEASE?

Behçet’s disease (also known as Behçet Disease or Behçet’s Syndrome) is thought of as an autoimmune disease, but diagnosing Behçet’s disease is very difficult because no specific test confirms it. There is no “Behçet’s test”. The diagnosis is based on the occurrence of symptoms and signs that are the definition of the disease. Criteria for Read more…

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Taco Bell Cantina Menu: Legit or Not?

Taco Bell is the latest, and perhaps the last, fast food restaurant to join the nation’s health kick and start offering more nutritious menu options. In a bold move meant to cater to a larger demographic and compete with Chipotle, Taco Bell is now offering its Cantina Menu. The menu is designed to be fresher, Read more…

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