Do Polyphenols Improve Your Gut Bacteria?

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This is a guest post written by staff nutritionist Kelsey Marksteiner, RD. Click here to read her blog or join her newsletter! While you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who doesn’t think polyphenols are healthy for you, one of the lesser-known benefits of consuming a diet high in polyphenols is its beneficial impact on your gut bacteria. There are certain substances that have a very significant impact on our gut bacteria balance, like probiotics for… Read More

5 Reasons Why Even Vegetarians Should Eat Gelatin

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This is a guest post by Laura Schoenfeld, a Registered Dietitian with a Master’s degree in Public Health, and staff nutritionist and content manager for ChrisKresser.com. You can learn more about Laura by checking out her blog or visiting her on Facebook. There are so many amazing benefits that can come from eating gelatin, including improvements in digestive, skin, and mental health. Plus, gelatin can be used to make a yummy, all-natural dessert that’s actually good for us. So why aren’t we eating… Read More

Harmful or Harmless: Guar Gum, Locust Bean Gum, and More

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So far in this series on additives, I’ve discussed magnesium stearate, soy lecithin, carrageenan, and xanthan gum. These are the most common food additives found in processed foods, especially in processed “health” foods, and many health conscious shoppers have been unnecessarily concerned about avoiding some of the less harmful substances I covered in this series. In this final installment, I’ll review an assortment of gums that are often found either alongside or replacing xanthan gum and… Read More

Harmful or Harmless: Xanthan Gum

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I hope everyone had a wonderful and delicious Thanksgiving! Today, I’m continuing my series on common food additives. Last time, I discussed the health effects of carrageenan, a food additive that is commonly used as a stabilizer, thickener, or emulsifier. Another additive that shares many of these functions in commercial foods is xanthan gum, which is also popular in gluten-free baked goods for the elasticity it lends to dough. Although it isn’t as heavily discussed… Read More

Harmful or Harmless: Carrageenan

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Carrageenan, a heavily discussed additive in the world of alternative health, is an indigestible polysaccharide that is extracted from red algae, and is most commonly used in food as a thickener or stabilizer. Carrageenan-containing seaweeds have been used for centuries in food preparations for their gelling properties, but the refined, isolated carrageenan found in modern processed foods has raised concerns in the health-conscious online community. (1) Carrageenan is especially common in non-dairy milks such as… Read More

The Roundup

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Here is The Roundup, Edition 14, bringing you the best from around the web from the past two weeks! Blast from the Past A great study was just published illustrating the gut-skin-immune connection and the ability of probiotics to influence that axis. The authors discuss the vicious cycle of inflammatory gut disease, where inflammation leads to leaky gut, which leads to more inflammation, and so on. The inflammatory cytokines produced by this inflammation in the… Read More