Which is better: raw or cooked?

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Let’s finally put an end to the debate of raw vs. cooked.

Of course, in the grand scheme of a well-balanced, nutrient-dense, varied, whole foods diet, the cooked vs. raw debate isn’t that critical for most people.

And I’ll tell you that the answer isn’t as simple as “raw is always better” or “cooked is always better.”

Coconut Oil: Hype or for real?

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A food preservative is a substance added to foods to make them last longer – to “preserve” them. Preservatives are added to foods that go bad quickly and they are now in all kinds of products in our grocery stores.

How bad are artificial sweeteners?

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The idea behind artificial sweeteners is that you can still get the sweetness, without the calories; like when you have a “diet pop” versus a regular one. Theoretically, this was going to help people maintain a healthy body weight, and hopefully not increase anyone’s risk of heart disease, diabetes, or obesity.

But, it doesn’t always work out the way we think it will…

Food Preservatives

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A food preservative is a substance added to foods to make them last longer – to “preserve” them. Preservatives are added to foods that go bad quickly and they are now in all kinds of products in our grocery stores.

How to Read Nutrition Facts Tables

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The Nutrition Facts table is on the side of most packaged foods. It’s often found close to the ingredient listing.

The purpose of it is to help consumers make better nutrition decisions. When people can see the number of calories, carbs, sodium, etc. in food, they should be able to eat better, right?

Are digestive enzymes for me?

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Digestion is the process that breaks food down so that it can be absorbed. Digestion starts in the mouth with salivary enzymes and chewing, and continues into the stomach where more enzymes are added along with churning motion.

So often, I find that people with digestive issues want to jump straight into using a supplement. But as a naturopathic doctor, I like to try other strategies first to improve digestion.

Coffee: Is it good for me or not?

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Coffee is one of those things – you either love it or hate it. You know if you like the taste or not. You know how it makes you feel (i.e. your gut, your mind, etc.).

And sometimes we grow to love it because going “out for coffee” is such a societal norm. 

But how do we know if it’s good for us. The headlines say it’s great one day and the next day you should avoid it!

There is actual science behind why different people react differently to it. It’s a matter of your genetics and how much coffee you’re used to drinking.

Everything You Think You Know About Healthy Eating is Wrong

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Oh my – nutrition and diet info is everywhere!

And each expert and association tries to lead you in their direction because they know best and their advice is going to help you. Right?

Well, maybe…

Everyone has heard (and maybe lived through) the intense focus on how much you eat. This has gotten way too much attention because while this does affect your weight and energy level, it’s certainly not the “holy grail” of health.

Let’s focus a bit more on the often overlooked (and proven) benefits of what you eat and drink and how you eat and drink it.

Three Tips to Avoid Overeating at Meals!

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Sometimes those holiday feasts are just amazing.

And it’s not just the abundance of delicious food but also the people, the decorations, and the ambiance.

It is way too easy (and common) to indulge on those days.

But it doesn’t always stop there.

Sometimes we overeat on regular days. Or at regular meals. Or All. The. Time.

Here are three tips to avoid overeating at meals.