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Marketing Tricks that Make Carb Counting Tough: Net Carbs, Sugar Alcohols, etc.

People who are trying to cut down on their carbs can have a tough time determining how many grams of carbs are really in the foods they buy. Every drugstore and supermarket in U.S. is filled with snack products that claim to be perfect for people with

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How Does Our Energy Expenditure Break Down?

Total Daily Energy Expenditure (TDEE) Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR)

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3 Surprising Benefits Of Cocoa Butter

Some of the most important health benefits of cocoa butter include its ability to improve skin health, boost the immune system, improve hair quality, prevent signs of aging, and reduce inflammation. Cocoa Butter Cocoa butter is probably something that you’ve heard of in various applications, including cosmetics, chocolates, ointments,

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Pesticide Residue Rankings for Fresh Produce

The USDA regularly performs tests and publish the test results on fresh produce items for “pesticide residue.” According to the USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration) test data, the below listed 22 keto-friendly popular foods rank as listed here “from worst to best”

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Combating Cancer by inhibiting blood vessel growth

All cancers begin in cells. Our bodies are made up of more than a hundred million million (100,000,000,000,000) cells. Cancer starts with changes in one cell or a small group of cells. Normally we have just the right number of each cell type. This is because cells produce

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How “too much omega-6 and not enough omega-3” is making us sick?

In the last article we discussed the problems humans have converting omega-3 (n-3) fats from plant sources, such as flax seeds and walnuts, to the longer chain derivatives EPA and DHA. Since EPA and DHA (especially DHA) are responsible for the benefits omega-3 fats provide, and since

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Which foods are good sources for Omega 3s?

Under the right circumstances, our body transforms Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA) into other omega-3s, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). However, even if we consume large amounts of plant-based ALA, our body converts ALA into EPA and DHA at a “very low ratio,” and only when there is a satisfactory supply of

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Finding omega-3 fats in fish: Farmed versus wild

Recently, a Harvard Heart Letter subscriber emailed us a question: Is there a difference between farm-raised and wild-caught salmon in terms of omega-3 fatty acid content? I’ve wondered about this myself while standing at the fish counter at my local grocery store. I can often find farm-raised

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Another Fat Wonder! DHA

DHA is a nutrient dense food for our brain. Another FAT WONDER! DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) is a fatty acid found in marine algae (sea weed) in the highest concentrations. Learn more about omega 3s here. Although marine animals are rich in omega-3s, they do not produce these fatty

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What A Wonderful Gift from Nature… Brassica

Spring seems to kick off early this year in San Jacinto Valley/Hemet region after continuous rains for the last 3-4 months. The high desert region is rapidly turning into a lush landscape with fascinating springtime wildflowers starting to blossom everywhere, forming a pattern of breathtaking beauty. All

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