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Is Sugar Alcohol Sugar?
I recently noticed on some energy bars that they promoted zero sugar but upon inspection the nutritional facts included sugar alcohols. What is sugar alcohol and does it count as sugar?
How many eggs in a healthy diet?
What’s the latest on cholesterol in the diet? Are eggs safe to eat? If so, how many in a week?
Where to Start in Losing Weight?
I am 51 years old and weigh 256 lbs. I have several medical problems, including knee pain. I also sit all day in my job and my long commute. I want to lose weight - where do I start?
Bulletproof Coffee?
I heard about “bulletproof coffee” – adding butter or another fat into your morning coffee. Are there really benefits?
Toddler Only Wants Cereal
My 2 1/2 year old was once a great eater, but now wants to eat only cereal - plain Cheerios to be exact. He won't eat any dinner but complains he's hungry before bed, so I let him have some cereal. How do I break the cycle?
Bone Broth - Healthy?
There is much ado about bone broth on the internet. Is bone broth a healthy food?
Low-Carb Diet for Children?
With all this talk about carbs being the enemy, is a low-carb diet appropriate for children?
Microwaving Plastic Bags of Veggies?
I love all the bags of vegetables that come pre-washed and provide directions for steaming in the plastic bag they are packed in. How safe is this? I’m microwaving in the same plastic bag used to transport and store the vegetables.
Lactose Intolerance and Goat Cheese
Does goat cheese contain lactose? If I am lactose intolerant, is it safe to eat?
Foods to Avoid in Pregnancy
What foods should I avoid in pregnancy?
What is a Fatty Liver?
I have been diagnosed with a fatty liver. What causes this and can this condition be reversed?
Tomatoes in a Diabetic Diet?
My husband has type 2 diabetes. He heard that tomatoes have too much sugar in them, however, most recipes for diabetics contain tomatoes or tomato products. How do tomatoes fit into a diabetic diet?
Saw Palmetto for Prostate Cancer?
Is there any benefit to taking supplements such as Saw Palmetto to help reduce or prevent prostate cancer? I have read conflicting articles. I am 70 years old and have been on active surveillance for prostate cancer since early 2010.
Lactose and Gluten Sensitivity?
Is the presence of lactose intolerance and/or irritable bowel syndrome typically associated with someone who may also be sensitive to gluten?
Principles of Healthy Eating
How can I keep myself from always wanting something sweet? Why does it seem like "healthy" foods don’t fill me up, but non-healthy foods do? Solution?
Health Benefits of Stevia vs. Sugar?
Is Stevia real sugar or is it a substitute? Sometimes I feel weak and shaky after being off sugar for a few days, and when I start using it again,I feel fine. Could I start using Stevia instead of sugar? Are there any real health benefits in doing this?
Eating Well While Losing Weight
My daughter and I are vegans. We are knowledgeable and eat a very healthy diet. She is about 40 lbs overweight and I need to lose 10 lbs. She has significantly reduced her food quantity, but it’s hard to get nutrition and diet at the same time. Any tips?
Vegetarian | Pescatarian Diet and Vitamin B12
I have been a vegetarian /pescatarian for over a year, and I keep reading that B-12 is one of the major vitamins that we lack on this diet. What foods can I consume that will help me sustain B-12 vitamins with a vegetarian/pescatarian diet?
Is a Vegetarian or Vegan Diet Healthy For Children?
Is it healthy for children to be vegetarians or vegans? I am a vegetarian, but I have some concerns that my children (4 and 8) might not get enough nutrients.
Most Nutritious Way to Cook Vegetables
I would like to get the most nutrition from my greens. Would I get more if I cook all the greens on the day that I buy them and eat them at several meals? Or keep the greens in the fridge and pull out only the ones I will cook, and eat at that one meal?
The Health Benefits of Goji Berries
What are goji berries and what are their health benefits? Can they promote weight loss?
Lowering Fasting Blood Sugar Levels
Is there anything that can be done to lower my fasting blood sugar? I can control my postprandial blood sugar by limiting carbs during a meal, but my fasting blood sugar has been rising over the last year and it seems to be beyond my control.
Dietary Changes for Peptic Ulcer?
I have bleeding stomach ulcers. What foods do I need to avoid? What foods are beneficial?
Smart Snacks Ideas for Diabetics
What are your favorite snack ideas for people with diabetes?
Does Sugar Increase Your Risk for Diabetes?
Will eating too much sugar increase my risk for diabetes?
Does Salt Raise Blood Pressure?
Does salt raise blood pressure?
Diet and Hyperthyroidism
I recently was diagnosed with Graves's disease. I also have gluten intolerance and have been eating some gluten foods. Do you think that my diet contributed to hyperthyroidism?
Is Vitamin D Okay to Take?
I read on your site that calcium supplements are not advisable as it contributes to heart disease, but calcium ingested in food doesn’t. I’m reluctant to take supplemental calcium, but have continued to take Vitamin D on the days I'm not in the sun. Your
Low or Complex Carbohydrate Diet?
Is low carbohydrate or complex carbohydrate the best diet nutritionally?
Calcium Sources for Lactose Intolerant
How can I get enough calcium when I am lactose intolerant?
Why Am I Feeling Bloated?
I am 51, in good health, run 12 miles per week, and eat well. I seem to notice more often than not, breads and cheese really make me feel bloated; even the smallest portion can trigger this feeling. Is my system just not agreeing with these foods?
Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Diet
I have a gluten and a dairy intolerance as well as high cholesterol. Do you have a diet suggestion that may address these issues and still allow me to enjoy meal times? I hate tofu!
Health Effects of Sweetened Beverages
Is drinking too much soda harmful? And how much is too much?
Symptoms of Food Allergies
How can I know if I have a lagging reaction to a specific food?
Iron Supplements for Athletic Teens
Is it safe to take a low-dose iron supplement if you're not anemic? My teenage daughter is a distance runner, and her coach recommends them for girls on the cross country team.
Paleo Diet: Is the Paleo Diet Healthy?
Is the Paleo diet really a healthy way to eat?
Kidney Stone Prevention
I was recently diagnosed with a kidney stone, but my doctor thinks it will pass on its own without treatment. What is a kidney stone, and is there anything I can do to prevent getting them again?
Regaining Weight After Heart Surgery
My husband had triple bypass surgery last August and in December a defibrillator was implanted. He’s having problems gaining weight. They said that he can eat anything as long as he limits salt. Can he eat high-fat meals?
What is a Complex Carbohydrate Diet?
What exactly is a complex carbohydrate diet?
High Calcium Levels in the Blood
My calcium level is high. What foods do I need to cut down on? What about dairy products, orange juice, fortified cereal and eggs, which I thought were good for me? I’m on Tamoxifen and have been through chemo. Does that contribute to high calcium?
Non-Fat Milk vs. 1% - 2% Fat Milk
I'm a 55 year old woman. Is non-fat milk or 1 or 2 percent milk better for me?
Healthy Snack Choices
What are good snacks to eat throughout the day? Also - I don't like the taste of water. What can I substitute?
Antioxidants and Heart Health
Can antioxidants help prevent a heart attack?
Thinning Hair
Are there any safe oral supplements you would recommend for thinning hair? I believe this is happening because of hypothyroid medication.
Nutrition for Hair Regrowth
I am a vegetarian. I have unhealthy hair, dandruff and hair loss. A recent blood test indicated my testosterone is slightly higher than normal. I started including egg and ground flaxseed powder in my diet. Can you suggest a diet to promote hair growth?
Celiac Disease and Lactose Intolerance: Can enzymes help?
I just purchased a gluten lactase enzyme medication that claims to let me eat anything safely. I have recently been diagnosed with celiac disease, and also feel lactose intolerant. Will this product work, or did I just waste my money?
Tips to Lower Cholesterol
What's a bigger dietary cause of high cholesterol -- animal protein like eggs and meat, or high-sugar foods and simple carbs? Seems like I'm hearing a lot more about the harm of sugar these days.
Natural ways to lower blood pressure?
I’m a 41-year-old woman who exercises regularly and eats healthy food. High cholesterol and high blood pressure run in my family. My blood pressure is borderline high. Are there natural ways to lower blood pressure without medications?
Chia Seeds Health Benefits
I've been hearing more and more about the nutritional benefits of chia seeds -- that they can help regulate blood sugar and promote weight loss. Any truth to this?
Aerobic vs. Resistance Exercise
Experts say not to skip meals because it slows metabolism down. We are also advised to exercise to burn fat. Now they say you can’t just do aerobics, you need resistance training. I’m training with weights and all I'm doing is getting bigger.
Avocados: Healthy Fat for Diabetics?
I had my gall bladder removed last year. I’m also diabetic. I know I’m supposed to eat low-fat foods. I know avocados contain healthy fat. Should I stay away from them or is it alright to eat them?
Nutritional Value of Seaweed
I just discovered seaweed and really like it. I could easily eat it every day but I am concerned about how much is too much. Please give me guidelines and the types that are the safest to eat.
Menopause and Belly Fat
I'm a very active pre-menopausal 50-year-old who eats right and works out four to six times a week. Why in the world can I not lose my belly cellulite and build more muscle? I'm ready to quit everything and just get fat and eat junk food!
Decreasing Belly Fat: Do Protein Shakes Work?
To reduce belly fat, I have read about diets that include using plant based protein shakes or smoothies that are supposed to “melt away” belly fat. Is there any truth to this?
Healthy Hydration
What are the health risks from not drinking water? My husband is terribly addicted to soda and any other drink that is not plain water. He drinks about a 1/2 cup of plain water a day.
Sugar Addiction and Alcoholism Link
I am a 49 year old recovering alcoholic and have three years of sobriety. Since I got sober I have not been able to control my sugar cravings. Is there any thing I can do?
Diverticulitis: Best diet for diverticulitis
I've been diagnosed with diverticulitis (no longer acute) and have been told to avoid nuts and seeds. Do things like peas, beans, corn count as seeds? What is a good diet to avoid another bout of diverticulitis? (I'm also lactose intolerant.)
Low Calorie and Healthy Snacks
I exercise hard in the early evening and eat dinner after that. Each night at around 9:30, I'm ravenous. What is a good snack that will actually satiate the hunger without calorically unraveling the hard work of my work out?
Eggs and Cholesterol: How many eggs a week can I eat?
If you are a healthy person in her sixties, what is a safe number of eggs one can eat each week?
Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Bloating
Why is it that recently, at my age of 44, I get extremely bad stomach aches and feel really bloated, one to two weeks before my period? I've never had this before.
Foods for Hypothyroidsm
Are there certain foods which can help my hypothyroid condition?
Vegetable Supplements?
I know I should eat more vegetables but I hate veggies! Especially those super healthy ones like broccoli and cauliflower. Are there good supplements I can take or some kind of yummy chocolate shake with hidden vegetables in it?
Preventing Osteoporosis
I am trying to prevent osteoporosis. What supplements and foods are best?
Healthy Calorie Intake to Lose Weight
How do I compute my basic healthy calorie intake? What are some basic facts about how many calories a person needs to burn to lose weight?
Pollock Fish Nutritional Facts
So much of frozen fish entrees consist of Pollock. How nutritional is this fish compared to cod, salmon, tuna, etc.
Overweight and Healthy?
Can a person be overweight and still be in good health?
Lap Band Surgery: How many calories a day?
I recently had the lap band surgery and I have lost 65 pounds but I am getting discouraged because my weight seems to have stopped there. How many calories should I have a day? I am limited to about a cup of food three times a day.
Calcium for Vegetarians: Sources of Calcium
I am a vegetarian and have recent concerns about lack of calcium and risk of osteoporosis. What can I eat that is high in calcium besides dairy?
Smoothies: Are they healthy?
Are commercial smoothies healthy?
Energy Drinks for Kids
My kids drink those energy drinks every day. Is this bad for their health? How would I convince them of that?
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