About the Author

Lisa Cantkier

Lisa Cantkier

Lisa Cantkier is a nutritionist, educator, and writer who specializes in living well with food allergies and special diets. She enjoys learning about and sharing the latest research findings on these topics. Living with the challenges of celiac disease for a lifetime has taught Lisa that every bite matters—food is one of the most important aspects of health and it can either harm or help us.


Lisa is the coauthor of The Paleo Diabetes Diet Solution, a three-in-one guide, cookbook, and meal plan that aims to help understand, prevent, and manage type 2 diabetes and blood sugar dysfunction. The book includes 125 delicious paleo, diabetes-friendly, and celiac-friendly recipes that are all free of gluten, grains, sugar, and dairy. Visit her website at www.lisacantkier.com.

Articles by Lisa Cantkier

Acidic Foods Can Lead to Health Woes and Dental Problems

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Acidic Foods Can Lead to Health Woes and Dental Problems

Today’s popular eating plans—among them the ketogenic diet—often focus on reducing carbohydrates, limiting sugar intake, and eliminating processed foods. These diets are typically high in fat, so if you follow one, it’s important to understand the difference between healthy fats and those you should avoid. A diet low in carbohydrates

E. Coli: Dangerous Bacteria Crops Up (Again) in Health Scare

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E. Coli: Dangerous Bacteria Crops Up (Again) in Health Scare

Romaine lettuce contaminated by E. coli caused dozens of illnesses and five deaths between November 2017 and June 2018. Just before Thanksgiving 2018, we received news of another E. coli outbreak traced to romaine lettuce. No deaths resulted, but 43 people fell ill with a strain of Shiga toxin-producing E.

Are Cage-Free Eggs More Nutritious?

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Are Cage-Free Eggs More Nutritious?

We see the designation “cage-free eggs” on cartons in the grocery store, but what does it mean? And does it make a difference in the quality of eggs?

One thing is certain: Eggs are a versatile and useful ingredient for just about any type of recipe, which is why they

Butternut Squash Benefits Include Heart and Eye Health

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Butternut Squash Benefits Include Heart and Eye Health

Butternut squash is a delicious and versatile vegetable that can be roasted, toasted, mashed, sautéed, and, most notably, pureed into soup. It’s typically associated with the fall and winter seasons and its sweet taste makes it a wonderful, filling comfort food. In addition to its great taste and versatility, butternut

Allicin: Garlic’s Secret Weapon

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Allicin: Garlic’s Secret Weapon

If garlic isn’t a staple in your kitchen, you might consider making it one: Scientists are uncovering more layers of fascinating medicinal benefits related to this potent member of the onion (Alliaceae) family. With biblical references and a history that dates back to Ancient Egypt and the infamous Greek physician

Phosphorus Foods: Balance, as Always, Is the Key

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Phosphorus Foods: Balance, as Always, Is the Key

The minerals you absorb from consuming a healthy diet are more important to your well-being than you might realize. Phosphorus, for example, is the second-most-plentiful mineral in your body, next to calcium. And what does phosphorus do for us? Approximately 85 percent of the body’s phosphorus is in bones and

Is Seltzer Water Healthy?

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Is Seltzer Water Healthy?

Although clean, filtered water is your best choice for hydration—some say reverse osmosis water is king— carbonated beverages offer a nice change from the ordinary. To spice up your life-dependent fluid intake, there are multiple choices on the market with seltzer water being among the most popular. But is seltzer water healthy?

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Healthiest Vegetables to Eat? Start with These 6 Choices

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Healthiest Vegetables to Eat? Start with These 6 Choices

We need to eat our vegetables, but information about how to prepare them can be conflicting. Cooking certain vegetables—winter squash, sweet potatoes, and tomatoes, for example—can release more nutrients. Others, however, are better for us if they’re eaten raw. It’s the latter group we’ll discuss here: six top veggies to