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Are there hidden agendas in nutrition research? Part 2

The secrets of how the sugar industry influenced scientific research decades ago was the topic in my last post. But I also promised you more on conspiracy theories, conflicts of interest and stakeholders and what that really means for you. The guidelines for research sponsorship have indeed changed since the sugar industry’s hidden interference in […]

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Your Facebook questions answered: Are there hidden agendas in nutrition research?

“What about this, eh? I am always highly (usually completely) skeptical when anyone mentions conspiracy theories, but there looks like there’s actually merit to this one! Unbelievable!”  asks Enlightened Eater Facebook fan, Karen Jorgenson Cooper‎ Karen, while you may think of it as a conspiracy theory, when it comes to food companies and interest groups […]

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What’s best: full fat vs. low fat dairy products? Part 2

In my last post, I presented the research which shows that although saturated fat may not be the dietary demon once thought, it also doesn’t offer the health perks found in unsaturated fat such as extra virgin olive oil and canola oil. But the question is what about dairy products such as cheese, yogurt and […]

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What’s best: full fat vs. low fat dairy products? Part 1

  “Do you recommend eating full-fat or lower-fat dairy products?” asks Enlightened Eater Facebook fan Karen Jorgenson Cooper. Karen, it’s no wonder you’re wondering about dairy fat these days. With headlines such as “butter is back” screaming out at you, it’s no surpise that many people might want to pitch their lower fat dairy products. […]

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New report says not to worry about pesticide residues. Should I believe it?

  “Care to comment on the article, Ten Thousand New Reasons Not To Worry About Pesticide Residues?” asks Enlightened Eater Facebook fan, Karen Jorgenson Cooper‎. Karen, at first glance, this article in Forbes magazine by just looking at the title alone,  sounds very reassuring. It basically says we have nothing to worry about. The article […]

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Your Facebook questions answered: Is coconut water a hangover cure?

“Santa brought me a can of coconut water. The tag attached says it’s a hangover cure. Santa overestimates how much I drink. (By a lot!) But, I’m curious about the claims about coconut water. Is it any more effective at rehydration than tap water?”, asks Enlightened Eater Facebook fan Alison Smiley. Alison, coconut water, coconut […]

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Your Facebook questions answered: Does gluten disrupt hormones?

“Have you heard of  this: “Here’s a fact: Gluten has been shown to disrupt the endocrine system affecting the production of hormones in both men and women. Do you have a hormonal imbalance due to gluten?” asks Enlightened Eater Facebook fan, Jennifer Burnham. Jennifer, I’m always amazed at the confidence of health professionals who believe […]

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Your Facebook questions answered: Curcumin supplements – yay or nay?

“Here’s another topic you might want to address for those of us with joint pain. Turmeric supplements. I just saw these on the shelf, in 500 mg capsule form, labelled “anti-inflammatory to help relieve joint pain” They say curcumin is hard to absorb so people with arthritis etc should take these for improved function and […]

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