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Eating for Your Eyes

Key nutrients to support vision.


Women’s Essentials Awards

Winning products that boost health and well-being.



Nutrition & Alcoholism A healthy diet may help support recovery.

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Celebrating Twenty Years

Listen to Ben Franklin One of my friends broke a leg in two places recently. While there was probably nothing that could have prevented the breaks— he fell off a 6-foot ladder, after all—it did make me think about the invisible changes occurring in our bodies as we get older. Osteoporosis has been called “the silent thief” because people often don’t realize they have this condition until a bone breaks. “Be Unbreakable” on page 38 provides a plan that will give your bones the nutrients they need to stay strong. Peak bone mass starts declining in young adulthood, so it’s important to consider these issues sooner rather than later. Like Ben Franklin said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Sun exposure is like that too. Bad sunburns in childhood are one of the top risk factors for skin cancer later in life. Read about sunscreens that will protect both you and the coral reefs on page 46. Writer Jane Eklund begins her article, “Nutrition v. Alcoholism” (page 25), with the following question, “Diet plays an important role in helping people manage chronic conditions like heart disease and diabetes. But can it help people who are in recovery from alcoholism?” I learned a lot from this article, including what happens to dopamine when alcohol gets abused and helpful supplements and foods that can help minimize alcohol cravings. Finally, don’t miss our Women’s Essentials Awards on page 20. We have award-winners in many categories that will help women look and feel their best.

To your health,

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Mike Barnett, marketing director for Clark’s Nutrition & Natural Foods Market Seth J. Baum, MD, author, Age Strong, Live Long Hyla Cass, MD, author, Supplement Your Prescription Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS, author of The Fat Flush Plan and 29 other health and nutrition titles Maria Noël Groves, RH (AHG), registered clinical herbalist, health journalist, and author of Body into Balance Clare Hasler, PhD, MBA, advisor, Dietary Supplement Education Alliance; executive director, Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science Tori Hudson, ND, professor, National College of Naturopathic Medicine and Bastyr University Christina Pirello, MS, chef/host, Christina Cooks Sidney Sudberg, DC, LAc, herbalist (AHG) Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, author of best-selling books on integrative medicine Roy Upton, cofounder and vice president, American Herbalists Guild; executive director, American Herbal Pharmacopoeia Taste for Life® (ISSN 1521-2904) is published monthly by CCI, 149 Emerald Street, Suite 0, Keene NH 03431, 603-283-0034 (fax 603-283-0141); © 2019 Connell Communications, Inc. All rights reserved. Subscription rates: $29.95. This magazine is not intended to provide medical advice on personal health conditions, nor to replace recommendations made by health professionals. The opinions expressed by contributors and sources quoted in articles are not necessarily those of the editor or the publisher. Advertisers and advertising agencies assume liability for all content of advertising and for any claims arising therefrom. Information appearing in Taste for Life may not be reproduced in whole or in part without express permission of the publisher. Creative and Sales Offices: 149 Emerald Street, Suite 0, Keene NH 03431 603-283-0034

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Probiotic IMPROVES DIABETES markers A common probiotic bacteria appears to improve the health of people with Type 2 diabetes. Fasting blood sugar, insulin concentration, and insulin resistance all decreased significantly in a new eight-week trial. Forty adults with Type 2 diabetes participated, with half taking daily capsules of Lactobacillus casei and the others taking a placebo. Blood samples were assessed at the beginning and the end of the study period. Other health markers also improved in the probiotic group, including weight and body mass index. SELECTED SOURCES “The effects of Lactobacillus casei on glycemic response . . . in patients with Type 2 diabetes mellitus” by L. Khalili et al., Iranian Biomedical Journal, 2019 n “Probiotic supplementation may improve indicators associated with Type 2 diabetes” by Cheryl Tay,, 3/19/19


Work out, EAT BETTER Young adults who began an exercise program also started choosing healthier foods—even with no prompting to change their diet. The 2,680 participants—ages 18 to 35—were not exercising regularly or dieting at the start of the study. After working out for several weeks, they were more likely to choose fruits and vegetables and lean meats while decreasing their preferences for fried foods and sugary beverages. “The process of becoming physically active can influence dietary behavior,” said researcher Molly Bray, PhD. “One of the reasons that we need to promote exercise is for the healthy habits it can create in other areas.” Participants engaged in 30-minute aerobic workouts three times a week on stationary bikes, treadmills, or elliptical machines. SOURCE “Want healthier eating habits? Start with a workout,” University of Texas at Austin, 1/30/19

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Vegan diet touted for WEIGHT CONTROL A vegan diet may help reduce weight by promoting beneficial hormones in the gut, according to new research. “These beneficial gut hormones can help keep weight down, enhance insulin secretion, regulate blood sugar, and keep us feeling full longer,” said study author Hana Kahleova, MD, PhD. “The fact that simple meal choices can increase the secretion of these healthy hormones has important implications for those with Type 2 diabetes or weight problems.” Vegan, or plant-based, diets are usually rich in fiber, which adds bulk without adding calories. That increases feelings of fullness. SOURCE “Vegan diets are best for gut hormones and satiety . . .,” Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, 1/29/19


Fish may EASE ASTHMA symptoms A recent study found salmon, trout, sardines, and other oily fish to be beneficial for kids with mild asthma. The findings add to an increasing body of evidence that a healthy diet can help treat childhood asthma. Earlier studies have linked diets high in saturated fat, sugar, and salt to asthma risk. SELECTED SOURCES “Efficacy of a Mediterranean diet supplemented with fatty fish in ameliorating inflammation in paediatric asthma . . .” by M.M. Papamichael et al., Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, 10/30/18 n “Trial finds diet rich in fish helps fight asthma,” La Trobe University, 11/4/18 www.tas teforl i

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CHEMICAL-FREE KIDS SAFE, HEALTHY CHOICES FOR ADULTS, CHOOSING ORGANIC FOODS OFTEN CENTERS ON THE TWIN GOALS OF SUPPORTING A HEALTHIER ENVIRONMENT AND KEEPING OUR BODIES FREE OF TOXINS. BUT ONCE YOU BECOME A PARENT, THE HEALTH DANGERS OF PESTICIDE RESIDUE AND OTHER CHEMICALS BEING SERVED ON YOUR CHILD’S DINNER PLATE REALLY START HITTING HOME. “There’s no doubt that organic produce contains lower amounts of the potentially harmful pesticides and herbicides” used in conventional agriculture, says Stella Metsovas, a clinical nutritionist. She recommends families choose organic produce, as well as organically raised meat and milk. Organic versions of these foods have been shown to contain fewer residual amounts of drugresistant bacteria that are dangerous to a child’s digestive tract, she adds. Children may be more vulnerable to the effects of pesticides found on conventionally grown produce for several reasons, explains nutritionist Rania Batayneh, MPH, author of The One One One Diet. For starters, children eat more food and drink more water (on a pound-for-pound basis) than adults do. This exposes children to a relatively higher amount of pesticides than adults. Kids also tend to eat a less varied diet. So if a kid’s go-to foods come with a dose of pesticides, the toxins can add up over time. In addition, adds Batayneh, because organs are still developing— especially the nervous system—pesticide exposure could interrupt a child’s physical and mental developmental progress.

Prioritize Your Organic Buys The Environmental Working Group compiled data from the USDA to give parents a cheat sheet for the produce that has the most— and least—pesticide residue. If you can’t buy everything organic, refer to the lists to the right to focus on the foods that are safest in conventional form and those best bought as organics. TFL SELECTED SOURCES Personal communication: Rania Batayneh; Stella Metsovas n “EWG’s 2019 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce,”

Starting Off on the Right Foot A 2017 survey on the organic attitude of US families released by the Organic Trade Association shows that baby food ranked as the top category for which respondents said that buying organic is extremely important. SOURCE “Today’s Millennial: Tomorrow’s organic parent,” Organic Trade Association,

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The Dirty Dozen, the EWG’s 2019 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce: Strawberries 1  Spinach 2  Kale 3  Nectarines 4  Apples 5  Grapes 6  Peaches 7  Cherries 8  Pears 9  Tomatoes q  Celery w  Potatoes e  The Clean Fifteen Avocados 1  Sweet corn 2  Pineapples 3  Peas, frozen 4  Onions 5  Papayas 6  Eggplants 7  Asparagus 8  Kiwis 9  Cabbages q  Cauliflower w  Cantaloupes e  Broccoli r  Mushrooms t  Honeydew  y  melons

Thin Skinned Skin does not reach its full thickness until around age 20, making children’s skin more susceptible to personal care products laden with chemicals.

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Eating for Your Eyes HELP KEEP YOUR VISION SHARP We’ve all heard the phrase: You are what you eat. When it comes to your eyes, what you eat may affect what you see. Two of the most common causes of vision issues—age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and cataracts—may be prevented with specific vitamins and minerals found in food, certain studies suggest. The antioxidant vitamins A, C, and E, along with zinc, may help prevent the progression of macular degeneration. Low vitamin D rates have been linked to higher rates of myopia and reduced vision acuity. Some research indicates that vitamin D may help protect against AMD. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, which are generally grouped together in food, have shown the ability to improve pigment density in the macula and to improve vision. Astaxanthin is another carotenoid that plays a role in vision, helping protect against daily wear and damage to the eyes. Along with carotenoids, the dietary intake of omega-3 fatty acids may also enhance retinal health with anti-inflammatory properties, helping with the inflammation that may play a role in AMD. Which foods contain the most vision-supportive

nutrients? Look for vitamin A in apricots, cantaloupe, carrots, mangos, and sweet potatoes. Vitamin C is abundant in kiwi fruits, oranges, raw red bell peppers, strawberries, and tomatoes. As for good vitamin E sources, eat nuts, avocados, wheat germ, and whole grains. Get more vitamin D from egg yolks, mushrooms, and oily fish. Antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin can be found in yellow and orange foods, such as nectarines, oranges, and squash. Green-hued foods are good choices too—broccoli, Brussels sprouts, zucchini, and leafy greens. Egg yolks are a good source of lutein and zeaxanthin. Astaxanthin is in seafood and seaweed. Look for omega 3s in coldwater fish, walnuts, and flaxseed. TFL SELECTED SOURCES “Eating for eyesight: Which foods protect your eyes?” by UHN staff,, 12/20/18 n “Look to fruits and vegetables for good eye health,” Vision Health Integration and Preservation Program, www.Health., 7/16 n “Top foods to help protect your vision,” Harvard Health Letter, www., 8/13

For a guide to nutrition breakdowns, see page 6.

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Carrot Fries with Cinnamon Salt dGnV From 15 Minute Vegan: On a Budget by Katy Beskow ($22.99, Quadrille, 2019)

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6 carrots, peeled and cut into Kx2-inch batons 4 Tbsp sunflower oil K tsp fine sea salt Pinch of ground cinnamon 1. Preheat oven to 425°. 2. Arrange carrot batons in a single layer on two baking trays, and then rub over oil. Bake for 13 to 14 minutes until softened.


3. In the meantime, mix together salt and cinnamon. 4. Remove carrot fries from oven and scatter liberally with cinnamon salt. Serve hot alongside Fiery Butternut Squash Ketchup (recipe follows). Kitchen Note: These “fries” are oven baked, making them a healthier alternative. You’ll love the hint of sweetness from the cinnamon. Preheat the oven as you’re peeling and chopping the carrots into batons to ensure it’s ready to cook the fries in the fastest time. Per serving (without ketchup): 318 Calories, 2 g Protein, 18 g Carbohydrates, 5 g Fiber, 28 g Total fat (4 g sat), 490 mg Sodium, HHHHH Vitamin A, E, HH Vitamin B6, K, H Vitamin B1 (thiamine), B3 (niacin), C, Potassium

Fiery Butternut Squash Ketchup dGnV From 15 Minute Vegan: On a Budget by Katy Beskow ($22.99, Quadrille, 2019)

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5K oz leftover roasted butternut squash 1 tsp harissa paste Juice of N unwaxed lemon Pinch of sea salt flakes 2 tsp plain soy yogurt 1. Add roasted squash, harissa paste, lemon juice, and salt with scant K cup of cold water to a blender. Or, alternately, blend in a bowl with a hand blender and blitz until smooth. 2. Swirl through yogurt and serve as a dip. Harissa is a hot, aromatic spice paste made using chilis, spices, herbs, and a little rose water. It keeps for months in the fridge. Use it to add flavor to tagines, soups, and hummus for plenty of heat with little effort.

Kitchen Note: Use leftover roasted squash to make this ketchup, which tastes great with Carrot Fries with Cinnamon Salt. Per serving (serves 2): 41 Calories, 1 g Protein, 10 g Carbohydrates, 2 g Fiber, 150 mg Sodium, HHHH Vitamin A, HH Vitamin C, H Vitamin B6

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Spinach and Bell Pepper Frittata with Goat’s Cheese

Salmon Stuffed with Spinach and Feta GnV


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From The Mediterranean Diabetes Cookbook, 2nd edition by Amy Riolo ($22.95, American Diabetes Association, available May 2019)

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35 minutes prep time n serves 4

1 Tbsp olive oil 1 orange bell pepper, seeded and cut into K-inch pieces 2 c thinly sliced baby spinach 1 garlic clove, minced 8 eggs

Salt and freshly ground black pepper K c milk (dairy or unsweetened nondairy) K c crumbled soft goat’s cheese V c thinly sliced chives

2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided 1 (16 oz) bag frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained well 1 tsp dried mint 2 Tbsp reduced-fat feta cheese, crumbled

N tsp unrefined sea salt Freshly ground black pepper, to taste 4 salmon fillets (3K oz each), skinned 2 c fat-free, low-sodium vegetable stock Juice of 1 lemon

1. Preheat oven to 350°.

1. Preheat oven to 350°.

2. Heat oil over medium heat in an oven-safe nonstick skillet or cast iron skillet. Add bell pepper. Cook, stirring often, until tender, approximately 5 minutes. Add spinach and garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Remove skillet from heat and season vegetables with salt and pepper.

2. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a skillet set over medium heat. Add thawed and drained spinach and stir to coat. Add mint, feta, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine and remove from heat.

3. Whisk eggs and milk together in a large bowl until just blended. Don’t over-whisk eggs or frittata will collapse when cooling. Gently stir eggs into vegetable mixture in pan. 4. Sprinkle goat’s cheese and chives over top. Transfer skillet to oven and bake 20 to 25 minutes, or until edges are lightly browned and a knife inserted in center comes out clean. Per serving: 246 Calories, 17 g Protein, 5 g Carbohydrates, 1 g Fiber, 17 g Total fat (7 g sat), 441 mg Sodium, HHHHH Vitamin C, K, HHHH Vitamin B2 (riboflavin), HHH Vitamin A, B12, Phosphorus, HH Vitamin B6, Folate, H Vitamin D, E, Calcium, Iron, Zinc

3. Grease bottom of a baking dish with remaining tablespoon of oil. 4. Place salmon fillets on a work surface and cover with K cup of spinach mixture on each. Roll fillets up and stand them on one end. Place in baking dish, and turn to coat in oil. Season with salt and pepper, if desired. 5. Pour stock into bottom of baking dish. Pour lemon juice on top of fillets. Cover and bake for 20 minutes or until salmon is cooked through. Per serving: 319 Calories, 25 g Protein, 6 g Carbohydrates, 3 g Fiber, 22 g Total fat (5 g sat), 355 mg Sodium, HHHHH Vitamin A, B3 (niacin), B6, B12, K, Folate, HHHH Vitamin C, E, Phosphorus, HHH Vitamin B2 (riboflavin), HH Vitamin B1 (thiamine), Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, H Calcium, Zinc


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Nutrition & Alcoholism FOR THOSE IN RECOVERY, DIET CAN MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE Diet plays an important role in helping people manage chronic conditions like heart disease and diabetes. But can it help people who are in recovery from alcoholism? Even though alcohol addiction has long been classified as a disease—and, significantly, one that can lead to nutritional deficiencies—there’s no standard nutritional protocol for its treatment. But that’s changing, with a growing number of recovery centers incorporating nutrition therapy into their regimen—backed by an increasing body of research.

The Impact of Drinking Because alcohol’s calories are empty ones, and because alcohol can impede the body’s ability to use the nutrients it takes in, it’s not uncommon for heavy drinkers

to be malnourished. People beginning treatment are frequently deficient in vitamins A, B, C, and thiamine, zinc, and protein. Such deficiencies can compound issues that people with alcohol addiction face. Low levels of zinc, for instance, can translate into depression, irritability, confusion, and lack of energy. Low levels of folate and vitamin B6, coupled with a decreased ability to absorb amino acids, make it harder for the body to produce serotonin and dopamine—the brain’s mood-boosting neurotransmitters. continued on page 26

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On the Roller Coaster While alcohol abuse suppresses dopamine, alcohol itself boosts it, setting up a perfect storm for people vulnerable to addiction. Dopamine levels drop, but reaching for an alcoholic drink can restore them—briefly, until it contributes to their dropping again. The cycle is compounded by spikes and drops in blood sugar. Alcohol converts to sugar in the bloodstream; too much sugar can trigger the body to produce too much insulin. That leads to hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, which brings on cravings for sugar, often in the form of alcohol. It’s no wonder, then, that relapses are common for many, if not most, people struggling to be free of alcohol addiction. An estimated 50 to 80 percent of those who undergo treatment relapse within a few years.

Nourish and Heal Talk therapy and 12-step programs are key parts of recovery both for people who have recently given up drinking and for those with years of sobriety. Nutritional therapy complements that. Healthy eating and supplementing with vitamins, minerals, and amino acids targeted to the individual add another strategy for staying sober. Nutritional treatment for those in recovery aims to do a few things: correct deficiencies, control cravings, and establish healthy eating habits. In other words, get people healthy and maintain their recovery.

What Not to Eat Simple carbohydrates that quickly turn into sugar in the body are nonos. They produce the same kind of blood sugar surges and drops that alcohol does. That means avoiding

“A study at a Waco, Texas, veterans hospital looked at people who’d been heavy drinkers for up to two decades. Six months into nutritional treatment, 81 percent were still sober— a much higher rate than in the control group, where 62 percent returned to drinking.” white bread, pasta, rice, and baked goods. Processed sugar—and foods that contain it—should be avoided as well, for the same reason. They promote instability in blood sugar, and they bring on cravings for more.

What to Eat Meals and snacks should feature high-protein foods that have plenty of amino acids, along with complex carbohydrates. Healthy fats can help regulate blood sugar levels. (Note: People with damaged livers should avoid high-protein diets.) How does that translate into a menu plan? For breakfast, think eggs, which are high in protein and amino acids. Chicken and fish served with veggies are good choices for lunch and dinner—especially if the fish is a fatty one like salmon or sardines—and throw in beans or whole grains to round out the meal. Avocados, almonds, olive oil, fruit, and greens should also be on the list.

Supplements The experts on nutrition and alcoholism say a supplement regimen for treatment must be adjusted to body chemistry, so anyone considering adding supplements to their routine should consult a nutritionist or other healthcare provider who has experi-

ence working with people in recovery. Among recommended amino acids are glutamine, which is used to calm cravings during alcohol withdrawal, the mood-booster tyrosine, and 5-HTP or prescription tryptophan, which promote serotonin production. Vitamins B6, B12, and folic acid contribute to serotonin production too. Omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids play a role in neurotransmitter function, and can help reduce anxiety in people with substance abuse issues. One study of patients with addictions found that 70 percent were deficient in vitamin D and had insufficient levels of vitamin C; another found either iron or vitamin deficiencies (especially vitamins A, C, and E) in 50 percent. Those may be recommended as well.

The Results? Articles report anecdotal evidence— individual people who were finally able to leave alcohol behind, or who stopped craving alcohol, after nutrition therapy. Studies back them up. Nutritionist Joan Mathews Larson, the director of the Health Recovery Center in Minneapolis, reported that 74 percent of alcoholics who completed her program were still sober three years out. And a study at a Waco, Texas, veterans hospital looked at people who’d been heavy drinkers for up to two decades. Six months into nutritional treatment, 81 percent were still sober—a much higher rate than in the control group, where 62 percent returned to drinking. Adopting healthy eating habits is a key strategy in achieving and maintaining long-term sobriety. If you or a loved one deal with alcoholism, it’s an approach to consider. TFL

SELECTED SOURCES “Alcohol addiction and nutritional therapy” by Marsha McCulloch,, 5/21/18 n “The importance of nutrition in aiding recovery from substance use disorders: A review” by K.D. Jeynes and E.L. Gibson, Drug Alcohol Depend, 10/1/17 n “Nutrition therapy for treating alcoholism,”, 7/11/16 n “Substance abuse and nutrition” by Alyssa Salz, Today’s Dietitian, 12/14 n “What’s the best diet for newly sober alcoholics and addicts?” by Ruben Castaneda, US News & World Report, 1/9/17

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YEARS AGO, MOST PEOPLE BARELY KNEW WHAT GLUTEN WAS. THESE DAYS THE NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS AVOIDING THIS FAMILY OF PROTEINS HAS RISEN TO OVER 3 MILLION IN THE US ALONE. SOME FOLLOW A GLUTEN-FREE DIET OUT OF A DESIRE TO LOSE WEIGHT, IMPROVE HEALTH, ENHANCE ENERGY, OR INCREASE ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE. OTHERS MUST STRICTLY AVOID GLUTEN FOR MEDICAL REASONS. Celiac disease is an inherited autoimmune condition that affects about 1 percent of North Americans. Those with this disease cannot consume any gluten—a protein found in rye, barley, triticale, all varieties of wheat, and, in some cases, oats. If someone with celiac disease consumes gluten, their immune system attacks the lining of the small intestines. Over time, nutrient malabsorption occurs from the damage. Serious health conditions, including cancer and Type 1 diabetes, have been linked to celiac disease. Celiac disease can appear at any age. A study conducted by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health suggests that enterovirus may precipitate the condition. Enteroviruses are a group of viruses that cause mild infections. They tend to be more common in children under three. Most adults are immune to this class of viruses. Researchers discovered that two types of enteroviruses were often present before celiac disease antibodies developed.

Currently, the only treatment for celiac disease is a strict, lifelong avoidance of gluten. Non-celiac gluten sensitivity can cause bloating, diarrhea, brain fog, constipation, headaches, rashes, and abdominal pain (some of the same symptoms associated with celiac disease). However, someone with non-celiac gluten sensitivity will not develop damage to the tissues of their small intestines. Studies show that the immune system plays a role in the development of non-celiac gluten sensitivity. The good news is research indicates that for some individuals it may not be a lifelong condition, as is the case with celiac disease. A wheat allergy, which is different from celiac disease, occurs because the immune system mistakes gluten or some other protein in wheat as a disease-causing invader, as it does with viruses and bacteria. In response, the immune system develops an antibody. This creates responses in the body that can vary from congestion to breathing issues.

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Since most research has been conducted on those with gluten-related medical conditions, little evidence exists on the benefits of a gluten-free diet for those in the general population. If you do not have a glutenrelated medical condition, the decision to remove gluten from your diet is an important one. Removing all gluten is likely to reduce your overall intake of vitamins, fiber, and other nutrients such as iron, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, and folate. Prepared gluten-free foods tend to be more expensive and higher in fat and sugar than their gluten-containing counterparts. Discuss with your healthcare provider or a dietitian to determine if a gluten-free diet is the right choice for you. TFL SELECTED SOURCES “Celiac disease may be caused by gastrointestinal infection in childhood” by Lois Zoppi,, 2/15/19 n “Gluten-free diet” by Mayo Clinic Staff,, 2019

A Case of Being Misunderstood Those with celiac disease are both reassured and upset by the gluten-free craze sweeping the nation, according to one small study. The plethora of gluten-free choices from food manufacturers and restaurants is encouraging. However, as many go gluten free voluntarily to lose weight or for other health benefits, those who must be gluten free for medical reasons are concerned that the severity of their disease is misunderstood. They also worry about being seen as “high maintenance.” “On the one hand, you have a lot more options available that taste better and are becoming more affordable. But at the same time, you have this gluten-free craze that’s recognized as kind of a fad diet, so celiac disease goes misunderstood in social situations, leaving patients more anxious,” reports study author James King. Marilyn Geller, chief executive officer of the Celiac Disease Foundation, notes that until a medication is developed for those with celiac disease, others will not take the condition seriously enough. “The real drawback is because there’s not yet a medication—and in America, we equate medications with serious conditions—people are not going to take it seriously,” she says. SOURCE “Gluten-free craze good, bad for celiac patients” by Maureen Salamon,, 10/16/18

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some, real, flavorful, yet simple. My family still enjoys sweet treats, muffins, and cakes. They are just made with nutritious flours like spelt or oat. We use fat in everything, but focus on extra-virgin olive oil, avocado and coconut oils, rather than processed and refined oils. When I was a low-fat foodie, I was avoiding fat but eating tons of sugar and little protein, which left me feeling exhausted, anxious, and in pain. As I started to nourish my body with a fuller range of foods, including healthy fats, I could actually feel my vitality return. Marrying into an Italian family helped me continue on my path to healthier eating. I learned the ways of the Mediterranean diet, with its fresh, simple foods, made from scratch, full of flavor from healthy fats and good-quality cheese, and usually served with red wine. TFL

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GREEN LIGHT FOR GREEN TEA FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS, PEOPLE HAVE TURNED TO TEA FOR ITS ABILITY TO CALM AND HEAL, AND GREEN TEA’S HEALTH BENEFITS EXCEED THOSE OF ANY OTHER TEAS IN YOUR CABINET. Green tea, brewed from the unfermented dried leaves and buds of the Camellia sinensis plant, is packed with powerful healing nutrients and antioxidants that can potentially protect against cancer, heart disease, and Type 2 diabetes. Some studies have indicated green tea can also help improve brain function and aid in fat loss. The secret is in the leaves, which contain a powerful antioxidant compound called epigallocatechin gallate. EGCG minimizes free radicals, fights inflammation, lowers LDL cholesterol, and reduces your risk of a number of life-threatening diseases. Ashley Ranaldi, ACE-certified health coach, explains: “Green tea has catechins—polyphenols (natural, plant-based substances)—full of antioxidants

that scavenge the free radicals in our body. It promotes better heart health and can help decrease obesity because it has an oxidative effect on fat.” Green tea has been shown to reduce blood sugar levels and lower the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Research shows that green tea drinkers have a lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease. When it comes to preventing cancer, green tea may also help. Research has found that women who regularly drank more than three cups of green tea a day had a lower risk of both developing breast cancer and experiencing a recurrence of breast cancer. And 29 different studies found that green tea drinkers were less likely to develop colorectal cancer. TFL

SELECTED SOURCES “Effect of catechin enriched green tea on body composition” by H. Wang et al., Obesity, 4/10 n “Effect of green tea on glucose control and insulin sensitivity: A meta-analysis of 17 randomized controlled trials” by K. Liu et al., Am J Clin Nutr, 8/13 n “Green tea consumption and breast cancer risk or recurrence: A meta-analysis” by A.A. Ogunleye et al., Breast Cancer Res Treat, 1/10 n “An inverse association between tea consumption and colorectal cancer risk” by Y. Chen et al., Oncotarget, 6/6/17 n Personal communication: Ashley Ranaldi, 3/19 n “The relation between green tea consumption and cardiovascular disease . . .” by S. Kuriyama, Journal of Nutrition, 2008

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Nature’s medicine Anise hyssop’s medicinal qualities are often overlooked, but it offers support for the digestive, immune, nervous, and respiratory systems, and may help reduce inflammation. Like other members of the mint family, anise hyssop is rich in antioxidants and offers antimicrobial properties. It can provide relief from mild digestive issues, including easing nausea and vomiting. Anise hyssop has no known contraindications.

Fresh and flavorful The leaves of the anise hyssop plant can be used in salads, fruit cups, and as a seasoning for a wide variety of dishes. The

What’s in a name? Although it shares a name with two common plants, the anise hyssop is not closely related to the hyssop (Hyssopus spp.) or to anise (Pimpinella anisum).

most common culinary use of anise hyssop is as a tea—fresh or dried, the leaves have a bright licorice-mint flavor. Iced tea made from anise hyssop makes a refreshingly cool beverage for hot summer days. The flowers are also edible.

Beautiful blooms When mature, the anise hyssop plant—a North American native—can reach four to five feet in height, and produces gorgeous, longstemmed purple flower spikes. Blooming in mid to late summer, anise hyssop is a great self-seeder, but doesn’t necessarily run wild in the garden like other members of the mint family. Anise hyssop is hardy in zones 4 to 10. TFL

SELECTED SOURCES “Anise hyssop, Agastache foeniculum” by Susan Mahr, University of Wisconsin-Madison Master Gardener Program,, 9/11/15 n The Complete Herb Book by Jekka McVicar ($29.95, Firefly, 2008) n Grow Your Own Herbal Remedies by Maria Noël Groves ($24.95, Storey, 2019) n “Herb of the Year,” International Herb Association,

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BE UNBREAKABLE GIVE YOUR BONES THE NUTRIENTS THEY NEED YOUR SKELETON MIGHT NOT BE AS HARD AND UNCHANGEABLE AS IT SEEMS. BONES ARE IN A CONTINUAL STATE OF FLUX. MINERALS ARE CONSTANTLY MOVED OUT OF BONES AND NEW MINERALS ARE INSERTED IN THEIR PLACE. THIS PROCESS RESULTS IN YOUR SKELETON BEING COMPLETELY REMODELED AS NEW BONES EVERY DECADE. Bone cells called osteoclasts continually nibble away at bones, pulling out calcium. Meanwhile, another type of bone cells called osteoblasts send calcium back into bones to build them up. When osteoclasts remove more calcium than is replaced, the bones weaken and the stage is set for osteoporosis. Think of your bones as a bank account for calcium and other minerals: These minerals build up in density during childhood and through the teen years. Your bones reach peak bone mass density in young adulthood. Then, unfortunately,

the decline generally starts, which can—for many adults—end in a broken bone caused by osteoporosis. Osteoporosis does not develop overnight. This disease is known as the “silent thief” because it siphons away the strength of your bones without outward signs—until a bone breaks. Osteoporosis and low bone mass affect 44 million Americans, which is 55 percent of all people in the US older than age 50. It really is a women’s issue, with 8 out of every 10 people with thinning bones being female.

THE KEY 3 What can you do to protect bone health? Focus on three key nutrients. First is calcium. Calcium is practically synonymous with bones, and for good reason. Adequate calcium intake guards against fracture risk. There is no need to exceed recommended calcium amounts, which are 1,000 milligrams (mg) per day (through a combination of dietary and supplement sources) if you are 50 or younger and 1,200 mg per day for women 51 or older. Excessive calcium (e.g. double these numbers) can be troublesome for kidney and heart health. continued on page 41

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But don’t be scared off about calcium: Most people fall short (rather than having too much) with this mineral, and it’s especially important for postmenopausal women to keep up with calcium intake. For most people, calcium supplements are needed to make up this shortfall. Second in the bone health lineup: Vitamin D. This vitamin doesn’t get as much attention as calcium, but it plays a huge role in bone health. Experts now understand that calcium and vitamin D work together to create break-resistant bones. Large studies document the benefit from supplementing with calcium plus vitamin D to reduce fracture risk in middle-aged and older adults. Third, consider the bone support provided by omega-3 fatty acids. Emerging research documents a promising protective effect of omega 3s on bone health, particularly in postmenopausal women. With an osteoporotic fracture occurring every three seconds worldwide, it pays to use every tool possible to build durable bones and avoid becoming another osteoporosis statistic. TFL

A PLAN FOR RESILIENCE If you want to maintain dense, fracture-resistant bones throughout life, try the following: • Take a calcium supplement to bring your daily calcium intake (from foods and supplements) to 1,000 mg per day if you are 50 years old or younger and 1,200 mg per day for women 51+ years old. • Eat calcium-rich foods, such as dairy products, leafy green vegetables (such as collards, kale, and parsley), sea vegetables (such as kelp and dulse), broccoli, and tofu. • Take extra vitamin D, since this vitamin helps your body absorb calcium. Aim for 600 IU daily. • Include weight-bearing exercise (such as walking, jogging, aerobics, dancing, or stair climbing) in your fitness routine to slow the loss of bone mass. • Don’t drink alcohol excessively (no more than two drinks per day). • Skip the saltshaker. • Avoid soft drinks that contain phosphoric acid.

Victoria Dolby Toews, MPH, has been a health journalist for more than two decades. She is the author of Life After Baby: Rediscovering and Reclaiming Your Healthy Pizzazz (Basic Health Publications, 2012).

SELECTED SOURCES “Bone remodeling: A tissue-level process emerging from cell-level molecular algorithms” by C.F. Arias et al., 9/19/18 n “Long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid dietary intake is positively associated with bone mineral density in normal and osteopenic Spanish women” by J. Lavado-García et al., 1/5/18, PLOS One n “Calcium and vitamin D: Important at every age,” NIH Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases National Resource Center, n “Calcium in the prevention of postmenopausal osteoporosis: EMAS clinical guide” by A. Cano et al., Maturitas, 1/18 n “Calcium plus vitamin D supplementation and risk of fractures: An updated meta-analysis from the National Osteoporosis Foundation” by C.M. Weaver et al., Osteoporos Int, 1/16 n “Effects of omega-3 fatty acids on bone turnover markers in postmenopausal women: Systematic review and meta-analysis” by D. Shen et al., Climacteric, 12/17 n “Facts and statistics,” International Osteoporosis Foundation, www. n “Osteoporosis prevention and management: Nonpharmacologic and lifestyle options” by M.S. Christianson and W. Shen, Clin Obstet Gynecol, 12/13

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“MCT oil is classified as a functional food—meaning it has a health benefit beyond the nutrients it provides,” explains Ashley Ranaldi, an ACEcertified health coach. “It’s used in bulletproof coffee and is popular with the ketogenic diet and intermittent fasting.” Unlike long-chain triglycerides found in avocados, nuts, and olive oil, MCT oil contains shorter chains that are more easily digested. Because shorter triglycerides do not need to be broken down the way longer-chain fats do, they can be used as an immediate source of energy. “The oil goes straight to the liver and produces ketones so our bodies burn fat for fuel instead of carbohydrates,” explains Ranaldi. MCT oil has also been shown to stimulate the release of peptide YY and leptin, two hormones that help us feel full and can aid in weight loss.

MCT & Heart Health Supporters of MCT oil claim it can stimulate the growth of good bacteria in the gut, which can help promote weight loss, one of the biggest factors for preventing heart disease. Another is keeping cholesterol in check. In one small study, two dozen overweight men took a combination of MCT oil, flaxseed oil, and phytosterols for 29 days and lowered their total cholesterol by 12.5 percent. When olive oil was used instead, the men’s

cholesterol dropped by only 4.7 percent. MCT oil can also help reduce C-reactive protein (CRP), an inflammatory marker that increases the risk of heart disease. In another study, about 100 healthy people ages 50 to 75 were randomly assigned to consume 50 grams daily of either extra-virgin coconut oil (a predominately saturated fat), extra-virgin olive oil (a predominately monounsaturated fat), or unsalted butter. Those consuming the MCT-rich coconut oil experienced a significant increase in HDL (good cholesterol). The butter eaters found their LDL level significantly increased after the four-week trial. No significant increase occurred for those assigned to consume the olive oil or the coconut oil. While MCT oil offers benefits, it is high in calories and should be used as a replacement for other oils, not as an add-on. A couple of tablespoons as a supplement may help you manage your weight. Some researchers believe larger, longer-term human studies are still needed to better understand MCT oil and its potential benefits for heart disease. TFL SELECTED SOURCES “Consumption of a functional oil rich in phytosterols and medium-chain triglyceride oil improves plasma lipid profiles in men” by M.P. St. Onge et al., J Nutr n “Gut microbiota and metabolic health: The potential beneficial effects of a medium chain triglyceride diet in obese individuals” by S. A. Rial et al., Nutrients, 5/16 n “Medium chain triglyceride oil consumption as part of a weight loss diet does not lead to an adverse metabolic profile when compared to olive oil” by M.P. St. Onge et al., J Am Coll Nutr, 10/08 n Personal communication: Ashley Ranaldi, 3/19 n “Randomised trial of coconut oil, olive oil or butter on blood lipids and other cardiovascular risk factors in healthy men and women” by K.T. Khaw et al., BMJ Open, 3/18

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What to Look for in a Sunscreen Choose broad-spectrum sunscreens with minerals

that deflect UV rays, like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Select an SPF (sun protection factor) of 30 and reapply every two hours. Minimize sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Wear a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and protective clothing. “The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends keeping your baby away from the sun,” says Melinda Olson, founder and CEO of Earth Mama Organics. “Earth Mama manufactures barrier sunscreens using non-nano zinc that reflects the sun, and high SPF organic oils, not chemical sunscreens, so they’re safe to apply on babies 6 months and older.” TFL SELECTED SOURCES n “Hawaii passes bill banning sunscreen that can harm coral reefs” by Elaine Glusac,, 5/3/18 n “Many common sunscreens may harm coral . . .” by April Fulton,, 7/2/18 n “The trouble with ingredients in sunscreens,” Environmental Working Group, n “’We have one reef’: Key West bans popular sunscreens to help keep coral alive” by Lindsey Bever,, 2/6/19

Men, Protect Yourself! Only 14 percent of men regularly use sunscreen on all exposed skin, including their faces, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Eat” Your Sunscreen Research suggests certain nutrients provide modest protection from sunburn. Those include beta-carotene and other carotenoids such as lycopene, lutein, and astaxanthin. High doses of vitamins C and E provide some protection. Pine bark extract has been clinically shown to guard against sun damage; it can also reduce skin damage that’s already occurred, decreasing the color of age spots in healthy young women. SELECTED SOURCES “Do any supplements help prevent sunburn or skin damage from sun exposure?” n “The protective role of astaxanthin for UV-induced skin deterioration in healthy people: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial” by N. Ito et al., Nutrients, 6/25/18

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