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One RD's Opinion about the What The Health Documentary

Nutrition is getting to be just as touchy of a topic as politics and religion and What the Health really made things awkward. On the one hand, the documentary made it pretty clear that eating a plant-based diet is important. On the other it irresponsibly presented outright wrong or at least very misleading and.or out dated information. It's funny, kind of. Once upon a time nutrition wasn't even really a "thing" in medicine. But in today's nutrition arena. It's like everyone has to be on a team... Team Vegan? Team Keto? Team Low Carb? Team Fasting? Team Shakeology? Team Vegetarian? Team Gluten Free? Team Dairy Free? Team High Protein? Team Low Fat? Team Grain Free? Team Cleaning Eating? Team

The Power of Pistachios

When we think of heart-healthy foods, olive oil and garlic come to mind. Pistachios might deserve that title, too. Studying the "Pistachio Effect" on Blood Vessels Across most diets out there, nuts are usually "allowed". Paleo, Vegan, Atkins/Low Carb, Whole 30, and even diets that focus on low-fat intake include at least 1 ounce of nuts as a snack. Pistachios have positive effects on certain measures of stress in the body (Dreher M, 2012). In a study by Ravi R. Kasliwal, the researchers looked at 42 adults who had high levels of "bad" cholesterol, or a low-density lipoprotein level of 131-190 mg/dL. The adults were evaluated after a three-month intervention to determine the effects of pistac

We should all eat less meat but we don't all have to eat no meat

We should all eat less meat but we don't all have to eat no meat to be healthy. Nutrition 101. Why do we eat food? We eat food to get essential nutrients so we can survive. Essential means we cannot make so we must eat. When we eat we get calories. Calories are a unit of energy that we need to be alive. There are 6 essential nutrients. Calories come from 3 of them: carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. Vitamins, Minerals and Water are the other 3 Essential (cannot make so must eat) nutrients. They do not provide calories but without them we would not be able to metabolize the macronutrients (carbs, fats, and protein) for fuel and growth. As humans we discovered what we need to eat to survive.

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