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The Food 411: Ever wonder why you shouldn’t heat certain oils?

  Did you know?   Vegetable oils contain mostly heat-sensitive polyunsaturated fats. When heated, these fats turn into toxic compounds, ie: trans fat. So even if the label doesn’t say so, you may be consuming transfat. So what oil should I use for cooking?  Its all about geometry… Due to their structure, saturated fats are able to resist a heat-related damage called oxidation because they do not have any room for oxygen to squeeze in. Monounsaturated fats, such as olive oil,

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The Food 411: Got Goat Milk?

Do you experience gas, bloating, diarrhea or mucus after drinking milk? Has your doctor told you that you are lactose intolerant? Maybe it is the type of milk you are consuming. Turns out that many folks who have issues with cow milk might do much better with goat.   What is wrong with cow milk? Many folks head toward the office door when I advise them to remove cow dairy from their diets. It is a highly inflammatory food and for many, initiates an immune

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The Food 411: Can we make our healthy foods even healthier?

  Okay, this isn’t going to be a don’t eat this/don’t eat that kind of article. Everyone has heard enough about food sensitivities or if not, read more here. Instead, I think we should focus on taking the great foods that we are already eating and increasing their nutrient density. I thought I had an epiphany, but turns out I wasn’t the only one. Since I tend to think about my work 24/7, it didn’t seem odd to me to

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The Food 411: Garlic

Did you realize in order to obtains garlic’s health benefits, you must first chop, mince or crush it and then let it rest for 10 minutes before using? Garlic contains a compound called alliin that requires an enzyme, alliinase to activate it. Mother nature was kind enough to provide in the same package so all you need to do is mix! You know it is ready when you get that great pungent smell and bite to it. Letting garlic rest

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The Food 411: Can sauerkraut help ward off a Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection?

For those of you who have had an H. pylori infection, you remember the ulcers, gastric reflux, bloating, nausea or a deep gnawing pain in your stomach that sent you running to the doctor. But did you know that these bacteria may also cause frequent belching, reduced appetite, unexplained weight loss, joint or muscle pain, chronic fatigue, thyroid issues, and psychological symptoms? H. pylori can put you in a brain fog where you feel like you can’t figure anything out,

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The Food 411: Soy, friend or foe to your brain?

Many people believe that eating soy is a healthy alternative to eating meat. It is true that in some countries such as Japan, eating small amounts of fermented soy has been shown to contribute to overall health by lowering breast and prostate cancer, osteoporosis, etc.. But it is important to clarify that the soy they refer to is different than soy that has been genetically modified, contaminated with carcinogenic herbicide and pesticides, and manufactured into an unnatural food source. Our

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