Macronutrients

Consider This Before Deciding to Eat Keto

October 22, 2021 |

The ketogenic diet, first conceived as a last-ditch method to relieve severe epilepsy, has been adopted by many as a viable option for weight loss.  A ketogenic diet is extremely low in carbohydrates and forces the body to burn fats instead of carbohydrates for energy.  This works because the human body has evolved to be…

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Should You Be Worried About Insulin Resistance?

October 8, 2021 |

If you are one of the many North Americans who fear high-carbohydrate foods, you may be moving to a diet lower in carbohydrates and higher in fats and proteins.  It may even be your own physician who is sending you in this direction. When blood glucose (sugar) levels rise, you are said to be prediabetic.…

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THE BASICS:  Where Do I Get My Protein? (and, Incidentally, My Fiber?)

August 13, 2021 |

This is without a doubt the most common question asked about plant-based diets….and no wonder.  Protein bars and drinks are available everywhere, advertised to provide boosts in protein that are touted to prevent fatigue and provide energy for exercise, to help recover from a workout and rebuild damaged muscle fibers.  The disquieting thing is that…

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Cholesterol Concerns: Part Two

April 9, 2021 |

“Looking” Inside Your Blood Vessels   Part One of this article examines the many influences affecting the numerical value that represents your own unique blood LDL-cholesterol level.   This, added to uncertainty about the accuracy of cholesterol lab tests, reveals the need for additional ways to quantify the health of your blood vessels.  In other words,…

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Cholesterol Concerns: Part One

March 26, 2021 |

The Problems with Cholesterol Testing When it comes to health, cholesterol is a much discussed subject.  It is often given a negative connotation but cholesterol is not inherently bad.  In fact, this waxy substance is necessary for life and our bodies are able to make all they require for well-being. Cholesterol is carried by the…

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