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The Neurotoxin in Star Fruit 

Starfruit contains a neurotoxin known as caramboxin that can cause irreversible brain damage at high enough doses.  If someone walks into the emergency room with intractable hiccups, one of the questions the ER physician should ask is: Have you been eating star fruit?  In my video cautioning about oxalate-rich foods, Kidney Stones and Spinach, Chard, and Beet...

The Health Benefits of Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne pepper, often overlooked as merely a common spice, is in fact a nutritional powerhouse nestled within your spice collection. This extraordinary superfood enhances the taste of your dishes without adding unnecessary calories, making it a secret weapon for both flavor and health.Rich in essential nutrients, cayenne pepper offers a multitude of health benefits, including bolstering your immune system...

Canola Oil vs. Olive Oil: Which is Healthier?

Canola and olive oil are among the most popular cooking oils, but is one better to use to promote long-term health? People tout both as heart-healthy oils, but they impact your health differently. Let’s determine which is the best option.What is Canola Oil?Canola oil, derived from the rapeseed plant, is a budget-friendly, versatile cooking oil. Its low cost and...

A Look at the 5:2 Diet and the Fasting-Mimicking Diet 

What are the effects of eating only five days a week or following a fasting-mimicking diet five days a month?  Instead of eating every other day, what if you ate five days a week and fasted for the other two? As I discuss in my video The 5:2 Diet and the Fasting-Mimicking Diet Put to the...

25 Simple and Healthy Avocado Recipes

In today’s health-conscious world, avocados are celebrated as superfoods, thanks to their rich nutrient profile and abundance of healthy unsaturated fats. These fats not only energize but also sustain satiety well beyond mealtime. Recognized for their remarkable health benefits, avocados are considered a PowerFuel on the Nutrisystem weight loss plan, offering ample amounts of vitamin C, vitamin E and...

Is Our Life Expectancy Extended by Intermittent Fasting? 

Alternate-day modified fasting is put to the test for lifespan extension. Is it true that alternate-day calorie restriction prolongs life? Doctors have anecdotally attributed improvements in a variety of disease states to alternate-day fasting, including asthma; seasonal allergies; autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis; infectious diseases, such as toenail fungus, periodontal disease, and...

How Safe Is Alternate-Day Intermittent Fasting? 

Eating every other day can raise your cholesterol.  Are there any downsides to fasting every other day? For example, might go all day without eating impair your ability to think clearly? Surprisingly, as I discuss in my video Is Alternate-Day Intermittent Fasting Safe?, the results appear to be “equivocal.” Some studies show no measurable effects...

Losing Weight After 40: 7 Tips for Success

Do you feel like you gain weight just by looking at food now that you’re in your 40s? Are the weight loss tricks from your 20s not working as well anymore?Well, here’s the deal: you are not the same person in your 40s that you were in your 20s. For the most part, that’s a good thing. But, just...

Plant-Based Meats and Our Health

According to the United Nations, meat and dairy production would need to be doubled to meet the predicted demand for animal-based proteins in 2050, but the opposite is required to contain the ecological damage. As I discuss in my video The Environmental Impacts of Plant-Based Meat Substitutes, if we have any chance of sustainably meeting...

How to Stop Eating When You’re Bored

Boredom is a sneaky emotion. When you’re happy, sad, excited or anxious, you usually know why. But boredom just kind of shows up when your energy is low and there are no pressing demands on your attention. Bored eating is similar. You’re not feeling hungry, but you start eating because there’s nothing else you need or want to do.If...