- Q Is fast food really addictive?
Dr. Mike Dow, Addiction MedicineWhen you consider that a glass of wine and the amount of fat in a cheeseburger release about the same amount of dopamine in the brain, you can understand why both alcohol and fatty food can be addictive, so yes. In studies, we see the same withdrawal... Full Answer
- Q How can a dietitian help me meet my nutritional needs?
Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, CardiologyTo scrutinize your current diet and to set up a plan that precisely meets your nutritional needs, consult a registered dietitian, who can take into account your food preferences and allergies or other health issues (such as lactose intolerance). Many... Full Answer
- Q Which food habits will protect me from a viral infection?
Dr. Mehmet Oz, CardiologyTo fight a viral infection: Stay hydrated. During the winter months we have a tendency to lose fluids when our heated homes and dry air rob us of moisture. You'll know if you are hydrated if your urine is a clear pale yellow. Dark yellow is a sign that... Full Answer
- Q What are the health benefits of hemp seed?
Dr. Lindsey Duncan, Nutrition & DieteticsHemp seed is a beneficial fiber because it's a good source of omega fats with a proper ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are important because they support healthy brain function and heart health. Hemp seed fiber is... Full Answer
- Q What is the history behind raisins?
Dr. Michael T Murray, Naturopathic MedicineIt's probably safe to say that raisins were discovered by humans the first time they found them accidentally dried out on the vine. But it took several hundreds of years before they determined which of the 8,000 varieties of the grape genus would produce... Full Answer
- Q How can I eat more soy?
Dr. Mehmet Oz, CardiologyWhole soy foods are your best bet. They are not processed, so they retain the most nutritional benefits. You are probably already familiar with foods like tofu and edamame. Tofu, soft and firm blocks of coagulated soymilk, is an Asian staple that... Full Answer
- Q Why is soda bad for my health?
Emilia Klapp, Nutrition & DieteticsSoda is poor nutritionally on two fronts. The sugar content causes the body to generate large amounts of adrenaline and insulin to clear the sugar from the bloodstream. If this practice is repeated often (say, by downing one soda or more daily),... Full Answer