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Soy & Sex Hormones: What You Need to Know

Posted by Halie Ostberg on Jan 25, 2019 9:55:15 AM

What started as the domestication of a bean species in ancient China has blossomed into a massive, worldwide industry. Soy production in 2017 (in the U.S. alone) was valued at almost 41 billion dollars. Soy has become common in animal feed, baby formula, and 60% of processed foods. It is hailed as a nutrient-dense protein source by many, whether it's in tofu, tempeh, sauce, oil, milk, nut, or bean form.

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Topics: Food & Mood, Diet & Mood, heart health, harmful ingredients, evidence-based, research-based, protein, hormones, estrogen, soy, plant-based, menopause

Is Going 'Keto' Worth the Risks? (evidence-based)

Posted by Halie Ostberg on Jan 16, 2019 8:34:42 AM

While keto (ketogenic diet) is a current fad, low-carb diets are nothing new. The low-carb concept has masqueraded under many different names, with the most popular version (apart from keto) being the Atkins diet. 

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Topics: Carbs & Mood, Diet & Mood, heart health, low carb eating, evidence-based, weight-loss, blue zones, balance, moderation, healthy habits, healthy carbs, healthy eating

Beyond Chia Pets: All About Ancient Grains

Posted by Halie Ostberg on Jan 9, 2019 11:22:21 AM

Until relatively recently, the only reference to “Chia” in popular culture was the Chia Pet®. My, how the once lowly chia has risen to nutritional heights (along with an assortment of other “ancient” grains). Like many nutritional practices, chia seeds reflect the rediscovery of ancient wisdom.

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Topics: healthy snacks, heart health, Omega 3, indigenous, evidence-based, research-based, omegas, ancient grains, healthy carbs, chia, healthy eating, omega 6

There's Something Fishy About (Most) Fish Oil...

Posted by Halie Ostberg on Nov 12, 2018 8:52:41 AM

While quality fish oil and omega-3s can be immensely effective supplements (for example: lowering fat levels in the blood - triglycerides), the industry's average time from "catch to capsule" is 2-3 years. This means many fish oil capsules contain rancid fish oil, which can actually be harmful to your health.

This study found fish oil supplements from three top-selling brands in the U.S. contained toxins, oxidized lipids, and saturated fats (all in quantities above international standards).

But with so many fish oil options on the shelves and little FDA regulation, how can you know which ones are the highest quality?

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Topics: heart health, Omega 3, quality fish oil, functional foods, lower cholesterol

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