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Glycemic Index Chart: GI Ratings for Hundreds of Foods

Glycemic Index Chart: GI Ratings for Hundreds of Foods

The Glycemic Index is a rating system that measures how much a carbohydrate-containing food raises your blood-sugar levels. The lower a food is on the GI, the lower the effect on your blood sugar.

The standardized Glycemic Index ranges from 0 to 100. Zero-glycemic foods—those without carbohydrates—include items like cheese, eggs,

Leaky Gut Implicated in Autoimmune Disorders

Leaky Gut Implicated in Autoimmune Disorders

Leaky gut has been associated with a wide range of disorders, among them asthma, food sensitivities, psoriasis, allergies, and inflammatory bowel diseases. But what is leaky gut?

At its most basic, leaky gut is like having large holes in what is supposed to be tighten woven fabric. The holes allow

Q&A: Calorie Counting; Vitamin B12

Q. I need advice on how to lose weight the smart, healthy way. Do you think that tallying a daily calorie count would be a good start?
A. So many people want to know how to lose weight, but too many of them aren’t willing to do it the right way.

Condiments Add Flavor—But Watch the Salt

Adding condiments to a meal may seem like an afterthought, but those little squirts and spoonfuls of flavor can add a lot of taste. Condiments can turn a boring sandwich, burger, or soup into a culinary delight. Nutritionally speaking, however, most don’t bring much to a meal, except for a

Diet and Lifestyle Changes Can Alleviate GERD Symptoms

It’s easy to reach for antacids or prescription medications when the fiery pain of heartburn strikes. But you may find more relief by changing your diet and lifestyle instead. Heartburn is just one symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition that is often related to the foods you eat

Newsbriefs: Prediabetes Risk; Bladder Cancer; Weight Cycling

Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Raise Prediabetes Risk
Regular consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages significantly raises your risk for prediabetes (a condition that can lead to full-blown diabetes), according to a recent 14-year study (Journal of Nutrition, Nov. 9, 2016). Study participants who drank the highest amounts of sugar-sweetened beverages (an average of six 12-fluid-ounce

Cut Cardiovascular Risks With Your Diet

You already know that having high LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and/or blood pressure raises your odds of having cardiovascular disease (CVD), which increases your risk of heart attack, stroke, and other problems that affect your heart and circulatory system—but you may not know just how much your odds drop when you

The Pros and Cons of Probiotics

Probiotics are live micro­organisms—bacteria and yeasts—that are commonly referred to as “good” bacteria. They are believed to benefit digestive health by increasing the population of good bacteria in the intestines, which prevents “bad” bacteria (for example, Clostridium difficile and Escherichia coli) from causing illness.
Yogurt and kefir (a drink made from

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