Are Xylitol, Sorbitol, and Other Sugar Alcohols Safe Replacements For Sugar?

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In the last article of this series I discussed artificial sweeteners, and gave you my take on whether you should include them in your diet. This week, I want to talk about sugar alcohols, which are another popular low-calorie sugar substitute. Xylitol is the most popular and most extensively researched, so I’ll focus my discussion on it, but the general takeaway of this article applies to other sugar alcohols as well, such as sorbitol and… Read More

RHR: Why You Need a ‘Digital Detox’ (and How to Do It Right)

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Do you often have difficulty sustaining attention in tasks?  Do you often have difficulty listening when one is speaking to you directly?  Do you often have difficulty organizing tasks and activities?  In this episode, we cover my best tips to do your own ‘Digital Detox’ (and who might need one). In this episode, we cover: 2:02 How to tell you need a ‘Digital Detox’ 14:20 Chris’s best tips to do your own ‘Digital Detox’ 22:34… Read More

RHR: The Truth About Legumes, Saturated Fats, and Vegetarian Diets

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This week we cover two controversial topics: the legume-Paleo debate and my latest article on vegetarian and vegan diets. In this episode, we cover: 1:30 What Chris ate for breakfast 4:02 Behind the Dr. Oz controversey 15:00 Are legumes Paleo? 25:57 Why you should think twice about vegetarian and vegan diets 30:22 Is there any evidence saturated fat is bad? 31:50 Fermented foods and FODMAP intolerance 33:57 What to do for an infant on antibiotics… Read More

RHR: New IBS-FODMAP Research, Overtraining and Acne, and Treating Alopecia Areata

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Another (mostly) Q&A episode. Enjoy! In this episode, we cover: 6:38 What Chris ate for breakfast 9:30 Surprising new IBS-FODMAP research 21:33 Food allergies and testing for inflammation 27:04 What to do about chronically chapped lips after taking Accutane 33:01 When is cholesterol too low? 37:44 Does over-training cause acne? 48:22 Naturally overcoming alopecia areata Links We Discuss No Effects of Gluten in Patients with Self-Reported Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity Following Dietary Reduction of Low-Fermentable, Poorly-Absorbed,… Read More

The Roundup

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Here is The Roundup, Edition 6, bringing you the best from around the web from the past two weeks! Blast from the Past Last week, Forbes.com described how the journal Nature admonished Walter Willett, a leading nutrition and epidemiology researcher at the Harvard school, for being biased against scientists who reach different conclusions than he does. Specifically, they focused on his criticism of the recent study by Katherine Flegal and colleagues demonstrating that being slightly… Read More