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Your Guide to Being Gluten-Free

Guide to Being Gluten-Free
  The benefits of being gluten-free are heavily debated by scientists and health professionals, those who refrain from eating gluten frequently attest to feeling lighter and more alert, and to losing weight. Here is you guide to the debate on eating gluten-free, and how to accommodate your friends and family who will have to pass up any kind of beverage with processed grains. Recent studies have shown that around 30% of Americans try to avoid eating gluten, whether to avoid an allergic reaction, or simply to improve their health. What is Gluten? Gluten is a family of proteins found in grains like wheat, barley and rye. There are two main components of gluten; glutenin and gliadin. It is gliadin that causes allergic reactions, like irritation of the digestive tract because the body cannot properly digest the protein, therefore causing serious digestive problems. Commonly, most people who have celiac disease will fail to...
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Food Diversity is Key to Good Health

Food Diversity is Key to Good Health
Historically, macronutrients, vitamins, minerals, fish oil, and fiber have been the center of nutritional advice. Now, we have added a new topic to our ongoing conversation is about food diversity being the key to good health. To enhance our diets, and maximize the efforts of our journey toward good health, we must understand how to utilize phytochemicals (or phytonutrients) from plants. There is a tremendous growing body of research on the use of phytochemicals for therapeutic purposes. What we used to call vitamin P (flavonoids), vitamin U (glucosinolates and indoles), and vitamin Q (ubiquinone) were dethroned from vitamin status because specific deficiency symptoms could not be established; they were simply called phytochemicals and classified as secondary metabolites. As Gottfried S. Fraenkel explains in his article, “The raison d'Etre of secondary plant substances,” published in the journal Science, “Secondary metabolites are organic compounds that are not directly involved in normal growth, development,...
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