Heard of nightshades? They are a group of plants that include some very commonly eaten foods. Tomatoes, eggplants, capsicums and potatoes are all nightshades. These are staple foods eaten all around the world. But if you go digging into ‘health and wellness’ advice on the Internet, you’ll come across all sorts of alarming health warnings about nightshades. Digestive issues and … [Read more...] about Nightshade vegetables: health hazard or nutritional powerhouse?
Lectins are the new dietary demon responsible for all of our modern health ills - at least if you take YouTube clips and diet books on their word. These lectins are a major driver of inflammation, weight gain and chronic disease it seems. Yet to believe this, you need to ignore the reality that humans have been eating lectin-containing foods like wholegrains and legumes for … [Read more...] about Lectins: exposing the manufactured health scare around these plant proteins
If you’re active on social media in the health and nutrition space, it’s very likely you’ve seen health advice over the last few years warning you about the health harms of seed oils. These seed oils are toxic don’t you know? And they’re blamed for a whole host of health ills such as inflammation, lowered immunity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer and more. Oh my. But the … [Read more...] about Seed oils are not ‘toxic’: separating fact from fiction
Inflammation is today getting top billing as the latest health concern you should be worrying about. From avoiding so-called ‘inflammatory foods’ to eating more ‘anti-inflammatory foods’ to treat and even cure inflammation, is there no disease that cannot be explained by our understanding of inflammation?Far from something scary, inflammation is a natural process that helps … [Read more...] about Inflammation: the good, the bad and the ugly
'Dairy causes inflammation' is a popular catch cry in the 'alternative health' sphere that I hear oft repeated. The scientific evidence shows the opposite though, with dairy having significant anti-inflammatory action.Is dairy really an inflammatory food that should be on the 'avoid' list for everyone? I've always wondered how it has come to be, that my decades in medical … [Read more...] about Dairy causes inflammation and the Easter Bunny is real