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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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My oldest child recently went off to college – nearly 1000 miles away from home. Obviously, given this distance, he wasn’t going to be coming home for dinner or visit regularly on weekends! One of my biggest challenges with this life change was to help him figure out how to stay healthy. Eating in the …

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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 …

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Lectins are a class of proteins that bind to carbohydrates. They aren’t to be confused with leptins, which are “peptide” hormones produced almost exclusively in fat tissue. Lectins play a wide, varied, and important role in all sorts of biological systems, from within the human body to plants, animals, bacteria and even viruses. They may appear …

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Few nutrients have pervaded both the supplement and industrialized food industries as much as lecithin. As a supplement, lecithin is touted as helpful for protecting cardiovascular health, reversing liver damage, and improving brain function and memory. It is frequently recommended by holistically minded doctors. Within the food industry, lecithin seems to be in almost everything …