Dangerous fruits: nonsense or reality?

It is widely acknowledged that the healthiest diet must include a lot of fruits and vegetables. We try to eat as many seasonal products as possible but we do not think about potential consequences. What makes useful fruits and vegetables dangerous? Fruits that we widely use may negatively affect our health for a number of reasons: Too much fiber; The origin of fruits; Chronic or acute diseases. Dangerous fiber The main reason why ...

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Is a vegetarian diet unhealthy?

“Your diet is unbalanced”, “I bet, you are eating meat at night”, “Look at you! You don’t have any energy”, Vegetarians and vegans get used to hearing such comments. However, dietologist from different countries believe that if people eat reasonably, then any diet including vegetarian or vegan can be balanced and may have certain advantages. First, let's explain the terms. Vegetarianism is a broad term and includes several types of diets. While ...

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What are probiotics and prebiotics?

Dietologist Elena Motova has written an amazing book “Stomach is my best friend. Food for smart people” in which she professionally and with humor discusses serious and important aspects of our health. Here is an excerpt from Chapter 1.4 “Large intestine and its inhabitants” Who runs the house? We live together with one hundred trillions bacteria. I repeat 100.000.000.000.000! I got tired while I was typing all these zeros. It means that if ...

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8 approved but dangerous food additives

Food additives can be found in food only after numerous studies and only when they are considered safe. However, in some cases even approved substances can be dangerous for our health. Sodium nitrite Food additive E250 is nitrite salt and is used as antioxidant. It helps to preserve nice pink color of meat. Sodium nitrite also has antibacterial properties, it kills botulinus toxin. However, in excessive amounts sodium nitrite is toxic. A ...

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A source of true Vitamin A: liver is better than carrots

From our childhood we remember that Vitamin A (essential for adequate development, good vision etc.) is found in vegetables like carrots, bell pepper, pumpkin, sweet potato etc. The truth is that all these vegetables contain only the precursor to Vitamin A, carotenoids. We need to be consuming other foods to get the daily norm of Vitamin A. Retinoids vs. carotenoids The most important fact about vitamin A is the difference between ...

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The senselessness of a gluten-free diet has been proven

Only 1 percent of the world’s population suffer from the infamous gluten intolerance, but a gluten-free diet is, for some reason, practiced by a much larger number of people. Let’s talk about the concept Gluten is a proteinaceous substance contained in cereal grains, and it’s insoluble in water. When wheat flour is rinsed with cold water, the gluten it contains swells, but the starch component forms pellets that are suspended in the ...

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How Can Fats Be Harmful?

One of the most serious horror stories related to food chemistry involves trans fats. Here, chemist Sergei Belkoff describes extensively why trans fats are so dangerous. Fats are a necessary, energy-rich and delicious food component. Today, however, their content in the food we eat is excessive — and it’s not just the quantity that matters. The qualitative composition is also important. At the beginning of the last century, soybeans arrived in ...

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Fast and Slow Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates are a group of organic compounds representing one of the nutrients necessary for the body, as well as amino acids (proteins) and fatty acids (fats). Carbohydrates are detrimental for our body. They transform the energy we use for our everyday activities. Carbohydrates, however, can be distinguished by a variety of criteria, including nutritional value, structure and specifically the time it takes to break down food to the components in the ...

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Corn Oil

Corn oil is made from corn germ seeds. It’s transparent yellow in color and its taste is neutral and odorless. This is a product suitable for cooking (frying) and can also be used for baking, making vegetable sauces and in salad dressing. In most cases, corn oil is suitable for a healthy diet, as well for consumption by children. Production Methods and Composition Corn oil has properties similar to soy. It contains ...

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