Fiber 101 Play in new window | Download (Duration: 6:47 — 3.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSHave you ever made a purchasing decision based on one of these food label claims? Contains Fiber! More fiber than [fill in the blank] ! Added Fiber! With [fill in the blank] grams of fiber! High Fiber! You may […]

Walk Talk Nutrition talks chia seed Play in new window | Download (Duration: 8:48 — 4.0MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSChia seeds are promoted as a health food.  Is it a valid claim? Like flax, chia is high fiber and has significant omega-3 fatty acid content. It’s also a reasonably good source of iron and magnesium. Unlike flax, it’s […]

Why are bananas demonized?

What’s up with those anti-banana ‘belly-fat’ ads? If fruit could sue for slander, bananas would hire an army of lawyers.  Those anti-banana belly-fat ads are everywhere.  The implication: bananas cause belly fat.   Sadly they even pop up on this website, despite my best efforts to block them.  Strangely, clicking on one of those ads […]

Does fiber boost weight loss? Play in new window | Download (Duration: 6:10 — 2.8MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSSketchy interpretation of a recent study. You may have seen the headlines recently “To Lose Weight.. Focus on Fiber“.   This idea is not new.  It’s been around for decades.  So when I saw the recent headlines, I thought […]

Featured food: baked potatoes

Baked potatoes are the perfect winter comfort food. They’re also healthy.   A plain medium (5-inch) baked potato, including the high fiber skin, has: 165 calories (less than a cup of rice or pasta) 4.4 grams protein almost 4 grams fiber close to 1000 mg potassium, almost 1/4 of daily recommended intake significant vitamin C, […]

An apple a day keeps obesity away?

Make that “a Granny Smith a day”? Gut bacteria are under the microscope, so to speak, when it comes to obesity.  We know that: obese people have very different gut bacteria populations compared to lean people when obese people lose weight, their gut bacteria population changes to be more like those of lean people certain […]

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