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Editorial: Just say no to wheatgrass

Wheatgrass is not a worthy addition to your diet!

Many health nuts add a shot of this sprouted grain to their diet daily with little to no idea of what it actually is. Wheatgrass is a nutrient-rich type of young grass in the wheat family.  It is created by soaking or mechanically grinding it into water.  It’s sold as a dietary supplement in tablet, capsule, powder, and liquid forms.  You can purchase high priced wheatgrass shots and if often used for juicing or added to smoothies.   As indicated before, it can be expensive and it begs to ask if it is worth the price?  

 




Editorial: Artificial sweeteners are not all bad!

Editorial: Artificial sweeteners are not all bad!

I am a physician and I have read a lot of articles that vilify artificial sweeteners.  There are plenty of rat studies that suggest that they may be harmful to rodents.  Very few studies have shown any significant form in humans are the recommended dosage.  In fact, I would do a step further and say that there is limited evidence to suggest that nonnutritive sweeteners have any beneficial effects on metabolism, weight, and obesity-related chronic diseases. 

 


Editorial: Sleep medications are not the answer

Sleep medications are not without risk and will not help you with weight!

As a family physician, sleep medications are one of the common requests that I received from patients.  Sleep medications are one of the most common advertised medications that you will see online.  Sleep medications rank right behind impotence behavioral health, impotence, and dermatologic medications.   The research would have you believe the sleep medications will fix all that is wrong with your sleep, but the facts are that they are not without risk.  

 


Editorial: The truth about cinnamon and weight loss.

The facts about cinnamon, your metabolism, satiety, and weight loss

I recently read a blog post by a dietician who was slamming cinnamon and the medical and scientific community that has touted its benefits for weight loss.  The self-proclaimed “expert” suggested that readers put on their BS detectors in the first paragraph.  This is pretty telling that he is not approaching the topic with any semblance of openmindedness.   It is a textbook case of bias.  So what are the facts?  

 

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