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    Greek yogurt has been strained to remove whey, which then gives it a creamier and thicker texture than traditional yogurt. Whey is the liquid remaining after milk has been curdled and strained. The straining process also removes some of the lactose and creates a product lower in sugar and total carbohydrates. Many enjoy the thicker texture of Greek yogurt, while others may not. Greek yogurt is higher in protein than traditional yogurt, but due to the removal of whey the calcium content may be lower. Many companies are adding calcium back to their products to make the content closer to traditional yogurt. Close examination and comparison of labels is important.
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    An article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) last year showed that among 17 risk factors, nutrition was the number one risk factor responsible for death and disability in the United States, with impacts greater than all of the other terrible habits upon which we need to work -- such as smoking, physical inactivity, diabetes, etc. Many would argue that nutrition should be our number one target for improving wellness. The 2013 American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Guidelines on Lifestyle Management to Reduce Cardiovascular Risk advises us to consume a dietary pattern that emphasizes intake of vegetables, fruits and whole grains; includes low-fat dairy products, poultry, fish, legumes, non-tropical vegetable oils and nuts; and limits intake of sodium, sweets, sugar-sweetened beverages and red meats. Many advocate the “Mediterranean-style” diet because it is heavy on the vegetables and fruit, whole grains, encourages more fish and less red meat and conveys cooking oil should be predominantly olive oil. Conclusion: Be mindful of what you eat, every day.
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    What does eating the rainbow mean?
    Eating the rainbow means using many colors of food to guide healthy eating. In this video, Crystal Robertson, a registered dietitian at Riverside Community Hospital, describes how this translates to foods.
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    What are the health benefits of eating kohlrabi?
    Kohlrabi is part of the turnip family; it's a root-looking vegetable that has leafy stems and a myriad of health benefits. In this video, nutrition expert Brooke Alpert, RD, discusses the many ways you can prepare kohlrabi, and what it tastes like. 
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    What other greens can I eat as a healthy alternative to kale?
    Any dark, leafy green will have similar health benefits to kale; including spinach, broccoli rabe, swiss chard and dandelion greens. Watch nutrition expert Brooke Alpert, RD, discuss some delicious alternatives to kale that are equally healthy.
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    A gluten-free diet is safe even if you have not been diagnosed with celiac disease. Some non-celiac disease intestinal disorders, like irritable bowel syndrome, can respond to a gluten-free diet. Just because your symptoms improve on the diet doesn't mean you have celiac disease. Diagnosis of celiac disease is by antibody tests and a small bowel biopsy.
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    What is the “pegan" diet?
    The "pegan" diet is a combination of the Paleo and vegan diets, which are both based on eating whole, real, unprocessed foods. Watch functional medicine me describe how these two diet types can work together for optimal health. 
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    Nowadays we have all kinds of foods available to us, but parts of them may be non-digestible by human beings and can cause diarrhea because of the sugar they contain. For instance, some sugars in certain fruits and vegetables are non-digestible. Stachyose, a type of sugar found in mushrooms, is not digestible. When these sugars pass through your intestinal tract undigested, they get to the colon, which has a trillion bacteria. The bacteria in the colon love sugar; it's like dessert. They metabolize it, ferment it and make gas. Then you bloat up, get diarrhea and don't feel well.
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    If you have non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS), it is helpful to keep a food log on a daily basis of everything you're eating and what symptoms you have. Take the log with you to your doctor. You can then go through it line by line and say, "Look, I had a bagel, and all of a sudden I had a terrible problem." Well, a bagel is made with a high-gluten flour. Or "I had a can of clam chowder." Your food log will help you and your doctor identify the foods that cause symptoms. By analyzing your food log, your doctor may say, "Here's your problem. These types of food are fine for you. Stay away from everything else."
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    If you have been diagnosed with non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS), start on gluten-free diet of vegetables, fruits, chicken, fish and red meat (if your cholesterol is not too high). Let things settle down for three to four weeks, and then start adding back foods to your diet one by one until you get a reaction. If that happens, eliminate this food from your diet and continue adding foods back one by one.
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