New Study Shows Deception of Whole Grain Food Labels

Barley, spelt, millet, and quinoa are just a few examples of healthier whole grains. However, the food industry is inconsistently classifying foods as “whole grain” and, in many cases, misleading consumers according to a new study by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers.

One of the most widely used industry standards, the Whole Grain Stamp, actually identifies grain products that are higher in both sugars and calories than products without the Stamp. The researchers urge adoption of a consistent, evidence-based standard for labeling whole grain foods to help consumers and organizations make healthy choices. This is the first study to empirically evaluate the healthfulness of whole grain foods based on five commonly used industry and government definitions. (more…)

New clinical study confirms that beans are the preferred starch source for diabetics

I have taught for years that beans are nutritionally superior to whole grains, and should be the preferred starch source for diabetics – I often call my dietary recommendations for diabetics “the greens and beans diet” (learn more in my new book The End of Diabetes) A new study published by the research group of Dr. David Jenkins (who originally developed the concept of the glycemic index) has confirmed the advantages of beans over whole grains, especially for diabetics.1

Beans. Flickr: cookbookman 17

One-hundred twenty-one type 2 diabetics were split into two groups; a “low-glycemic index legume diet,” which emphasized beans and other legumes, and a “high wheat fiber diet,” which emphasized whole wheat foods and other whole grains. The bean group was instructed to consume 1 cup/day of beans, lentils, or other legumes and the grain group was instructed to consume an equivalent amount of a cooked whole grain or whole wheat bread, pasta or cereal daily for three months. (more…)

Up For Debate: Are All Calories Created Equal?

Measuring Calories
In our never-ending search for effective diets, several weight loss programs have adopted the principle that what really matters is not the foods you eat, but how many calories you actually take in.

In other words, it doesn’t matter if you eat pizza and ice cream or salmon and vegetables. As long as you stay within an allotted number of calories—or certain amount of “points”—allowed per day, you will lose weight. (more…)

How You Can Have High Blood Sugar Without Carbs

High blood sugar is bad. Carbohydrates raise blood sugar. Therefore carbohydrates are bad. The theory is simple, and yet incredibly flawed.

The truth is, you can have chronically high blood sugar even while religiously avoiding every starch and sugar in sight. Low-carb forums are littered with posts asking a very relevant question:

Why is my blood sugar so high when I’m not eating any carbs?

The answer is simple, yet often overlooked.

The Hormone that Raises Blood Sugar: No Carbohydrates Required (more…)

Curing Celiac Disease Using Holistic Naturopathic Techniques

Photo Credit:Medindia.netCeliac disease affects around 3,000,000 people in the United States, and this disease becomes more prevalent each year. As with practically all modern epidemics, lifestyle and diet are very closely related to it. About a year ago, we encountered a lady from WikiAnswers who was suffering with celiac disease. She had undergone multiple surgeries, and had spent years taking antibiotics (God only knows how much money was spent). At the time, we were not running a magazine, health show, or health-related blog, so we did not publish our research about this disease. I was recently asked by another lady about her own diagnosis of celiac disease, which reminded us of how common this condition is. By publishing our research now, we hope to help such people. Please let us know if you are one of those people, because we love hearing from our readers, and from people we have been able to help. (more…)

The Carbohydrate Hypothesis of Obesity: a Critical Examination

Introduction

I’d like to begin by emphasizing that carbohydrate restriction has helped many people lose body fat and improve their metabolic health.  Although it doesn’t work for everyone, there is no doubt that carbohydrate restriction causes fat loss in many, perhaps even most obese people.  For a subset of people, the results can be very impressive.  I consider that to be a fact at this point, but that’s not what I’ll be discussing here.  (more…)

New “China Study” Proves Wheat Makes You Fat (also Tired & Slow)

The following table shows the five-year weight change for the different quartiles of each diet pattern. Remember that the “traditional” and “vegetable-rich” diets are the only ones defined—at least in part—by wheat consumption (or lack thereof). (A) is the traditional pattern, (B) is the macho pattern, (C) is the sweet-tooth pattern, and (D) is the vegetable-rich pattern. (more…)

Win the War Against Carb Cravings

Can’t keep your hands out of the bread basket or control yourself around chocolate cake? If you feel like you’re always on the losing end of your sugar cravings, you may count yourself among the growing ranks of so-called “carb addicts”… a popular title for self-professed carbohydrate junkies. And research shows this title is a lot more fitting than you ever may have thought. (more…)