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Erythritol – should you be concerned

Erythritol – should you be concerned

Until last week, the non-caloric sweetener erythritol was not on anyone’s radar screen. But recent research reports linked high levels of erythritol in blood to increased risk for heart attacks and stroke. Valid concern? Or a nothing burger? Erythritol 101 Erythritol is a sugar alcohol 

6 foods for heart health

6 foods for heart health

February is Heart Month. This year there is a lot of focus on learning CPR, but lifestyle changes that prevent heart disease are still emphasized by most public health organizations. The idea that specific foods and nutrients will prevent heart disease have been around since 

Chocolate under attack

Chocolate under attack

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, chocolate is under attack. The hysteria started when Consumer Reports published test results for some dark chocolate bars. Cadmium levels in some of those bars were judged to be too high. Should you care about this? Cadmiun 101 Before 

5 Healthy Aging Food Goals for 2023

5 Healthy Aging Food Goals for 2023

Year end lists are fun, if not always informative. Most of the Food Trends lists are thinly disguised marketing ploys. I found one at Better Homes & Gardens that predicted a “tinned fish revolution” (sell more canned tuna), increased use of gluten-free pastas (sell more 

Alzheimer’s disease and the ketogenic diet

Alzheimer’s disease and the ketogenic diet

When it comes to Alzheimer’s Disease, we’d all love to hear about a cure. Better yet, we’d love to hear about a diet or lifestyle that guarantees prevention. Diet and nutrition are certainly on the radar screen for prevention research, but at the moment we 

Artificial Sweeteners vs. Healthy Gut Microbes

Artificial Sweeteners vs. Healthy Gut Microbes

I was chatting with a friend recently about protein. She was concerned that it’s hard to pack protein into meals, and that her husband was drinking a protein shake. I replied that it was probably sweetened — plain protein powder isn’t very appetizing — and