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“Eat what you like, and still lose weight!” “Stop counting calories and start losing weight!”. Are these sound bites part of a new McDonald’s marketing blitz? Or some other dietary fad set to fool the masses? Actually, they are neither. They are online blurbs for The Harcombe Diet, whose author Zoe Harcombe PhD, is scheduled …

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Do you like cucumbers? If so, its cousin monk fruit, also known as luo han guo, may interest you. You may have even eaten monk fruit extract without knowing it! Monk fruit is a small, subtropical melon that grows on a herbaceous perennial vine of the cucurbit family. It is native to southern China and …

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Milk, it does a body good. Or does it? Or did we do something bad to it? Dairy in the modern world has came a long way from just the cow. Pasteurization, homogenization, and dozens of 5+ syllable words are needed to even begin to capture the industrial processing that dairy now undergoes today. You …

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In the increasingly wide and (sometimes) wonderful world of sugar substitutes, what about stevia? This naturally sweet herb turned industrialized darling is marketed in many forms. Healthfood store shelves have it on offer as green stevia leaf, white stevia powder, stevia extract, and by far the most popular, liquid stevia available in a dozen or …

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It never ceases to amaze me how manufacturers so brazenly play bait and switch with the food labels for their products. The latest ingredient game that educated consumers need to know about is seitan. This is especially true for those who may be unknowingly eating it in the form of sprouted breads such as the …

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Go into a supermarket or healthfood store these days and you will be hard pressed to find products that are NOT labeled as natural. Natural is everywhere, even when a product is clearly not. Attractively presented bottles of GMO canola oil loaded with Roundup residue?  Natural! Ice cream with added rat poison antifreeze to make it easily …

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The average person consumes around a cup of refined sugars every single day. This is 16 tablespoons per day and adds up to just shy of three pounds per week, or 152 pounds per year! In 1970, Americans ate 123 pounds of sugar per year, and 100 years ago, it was half that amount (1). With so much …