If you’ve given up bread and other traditional baked goods in favor of gluten-free options, you’re probably eating xanthan gum. But what is xanthan gum? Is it safe to eat regularly? Get the facts, along with my take on this food additive.
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You probably already know about some of the health concerns associated with refined sugar, but what about low-calorie substitutes like sorbitol? Is this sweetener safe to eat, and is there room for it in a healthy diet? Keep reading for my take on the topic and find out which sweetener may be the best choice for you.
If you’re taking a harder look at your diet in an effort to make healthier choices, you’re probably thinking twice about ingredients in the foods you choose, reading labels more closely, and wondering about the safety of common preservatives and food additives you’ve encountered. And, if you drink non-dairy milk beverages, you may have seen the additive carrageenan. Keep reading to find out more about this food additive and whether it’s healthy and safe to consume.
This is a guest post written by staff clinician Amy Nett, MD. A few weeks ago, Chris interviewed Yrmis and Bobby from Mission Heirloom on his podcast, and the topic of glutamate in our food was briefly discussed. Since then, we have had several questions from our patients about potential health concerns regarding glutamate, so I decided to take a closer look to see what role dietary glutamate plays in our health. What is glutamate… Read More
Over the past couple months, I’ve delved into the topic of sweeteners, hoping to shed some light on what can often be a controversial issue in the Paleo and ancestral health community. So far, we’ve covered natural sweeteners, artificial sweeteners, sugar alcohols, and even refined sugar and high fructose corn syrup, and I’ve showed you why all sugar is not created equal. For the final post in this series, I want to give you all… Read More
You’ve probably heard it countless times, especially in low-carb circles: sugar is sugar is sugar. This is true in principle – the glucose, fructose, and sucrose found in table sugar or high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) are the same molecules as the glucose, fructose, and sucrose in honey, fruit, and starchy vegetables. But when it comes to the way your body uses these sugars, these foods are hardly comparable. In this article, I’ll show you… Read More