From the category archives:

Diet Issues

The Problem with Gluten Grains

July 13, 2010

Gluten is a collection of proteins found in:

Wheat
Wheat Cousins (Spelt & Kumut)
Rye
Triticale (a wheat-rye hybrid)
Barley
Oats
An endless variety of processed foods

Of all these grains, wheat is the most challenging, largely because it contains the most gluten.
Food manufacturers, especially bakers, love gluten and have a high regard for the types of wheat that contain the most gluten, [...]

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What are the health problems associated with refined grains?

June 29, 2010

There are some health problems associated with refined grains.
Eating refined grains can result in the body producing adverse metabolic consequences very similar to what the body experiences when we consume refined sugar.
The majority of refined grain products provoke our glucose levels (blood sugar levels) to increase significantly causing the body to produce insulin to counteract [...]

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Imbalances & nutrient deficiencies in refined grains

June 22, 2010

Gluten grains may be the most problematic of the grains but a high intake of non-gluten grains has caused plenty of health problems around the world too.
An example of this is corn. Corn is a non-gluten grain but it’s interesting to note that it is particularly low in niacin (vitamin B3) and tryptophan, an amino [...]

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Factors that led to a High Intake of Grains

June 15, 2010

Following on from last week’s article “What’s wrong with a high intake of grains?” we continue to explore the misconceptions of high intake of grains.
So, if a high intake of grains is not good for us, the question that pops to mind is;
Why do most of us believe they are actually good for us?
Why have [...]

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What’s Wrong With a High Intake of Grains?

June 5, 2010

There is a common misconception that lots of grains are good for us. Unfortunately grain, like everything else, is good for us but only in moderation.
But why you say?
Grains are rich in carbohydrates as well as calories, which is why they are used to fatten up livestock & subsequently also fatten us up when we [...]

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Gluten Free Supermarket Shopping

May 28, 2010

Keeping your trolley free of gluten is not always the simplest of errands. Previously we’ve discussed Gluten Safe grains (see my previous article “Inside The Gluten Free Kitchen”) but supermarkets are a maze of gluten products. Use this article to help you make the right choices in the supermarket:
Fruit:
All fresh fruit is gluten free. Buy [...]

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Gluten Free Diet Ineffective? Learn about Cross-Reactivity.

May 7, 2010

People who suffer from gluten sensitivity or celiac disease have one simple solution: a gluten free diet.
However, the human body is complex. For some, simply avoiding gluten is not enough. Cross-reactivity is a condition where your body’s autoimmune antibodies mistake other food proteins for ones you can’t tolerate. Cross-reaction to other foods creates the same [...]

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Gluten Free Restaurant Rules

April 23, 2010

If you enjoy a gluten free diet, then dining in a restaurant warrants a certain level of caution.
Firstly, ignore the complimentary bread!
Yes, you’re hungry.  Yes, it is free.
But it’s almost certainly not going to be wheat free.
The solution:

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Nutritional Treatments

March 18, 2010

If you’ve recently been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease such as gluten sensitivity, these are the basic treatments that are most likely to occur.
The first step doctors will take is to identify targeted nutritional needs.
All doctors will perform check-ups, using various methods but they’ll all achieve the end result of gaining a comprehensive understanding of [...]

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Mandatory Folic Acid Fortification Part 2

March 3, 2010

In my last blog I wrote about the implementation of Mandatory Folic Acid Fortification and began speaking of the effects it has. Now I will continue to write about the negative implications it has.
Many countries have begun to seriously question the entire concept of Mandatory Folic Acid Fortification (MFF). Ireland put the whole matter on [...]

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