Lactose is a type of natural sugar in milk. During digestion, lactose is normally broken down by lactase, an enzyme that is produced in the small intestine. However, some people are deficient in lactase, so they have difficulty digesting lactose, a condition referred to as “lactose intolerance,” or LI. LI
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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) analyzed the current food labels for two years, and is now ready to debut the results. They feel the new labels will better inform and guide America’s food choices. The deadline for switching over to the new label is July 2018, although some manufacturers
Eat a “Rainbow” for Maximum Nutrition
Much of what we said in the previous chapter about vegetables also applies to fruits, including the importance of eating a “rainbow” to get a variety of beneficial phytonutrients. According to the USDA’s MyPlate, women over age 50 should get one and a half
If you’re aiming to reduce the number of calories you consume in order to lose weight, you’ll want to include plenty of low-calorie foods, ones that are high in nutritional value—in your diet plan. Fortunately, almost all non-starchy vegetables and fruits are low-calorie foods, so you have a large selection
“Excess sugar and refined carbohydrates, from desserts and sweetened coffee drinks to white bread and white rice, contribute to poor heart health by increasing LDL cholesterol, inflammation in the body, and weight gain. Extra pounds add more stress on your heart and increase your risk for other diseases (high blood
Every day, you strategically map out your diabetes meal plan. You count your carbohydrates, limit your sweets, and choose your beverages carefully: a vegetable here, a piece of fruit there, and voila! And then it hits you: Can diabetics eat fruit?
It’s a logical question to ask, considering that fruit contains
You may find it uncomfortable to talk about gut issues such as constipation, diarrhea, abdominal pain, gas, and bloating, but such symptoms are all too common. An estimated 25 to 30 percent of Americans suffer from digestive problems annually.
Identifying the Problem
“Every person is unique, so it’s important to get to
The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend we limit intake of added sugars to 10 percent or less of calories. This means that, for an average 2,000 calorie diet, only 200 calories should come from added sugars. That’s about 12 tsp (teaspoons) or around 50 grams a day. Any more
It’s not much of a secret that drinking sugary beverages isn’t the best thing for your waistline or your health. And, even though the use of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) in the U.S. is declining, it’s still high. SSBs—which include soda, fruit drinks, and energy and vitamin water drinks—are the top
When you want a hot breakfast but don’t have time to prep everything from scratch or stand over the stove, frozen breakfast foods are ready to step in. With the help of a microwave oven or toaster, your frozen meal generally is ready to eat in five minutes or less.