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Is it true that grape juice is as beneficial as red wine for the heart and body?

Is it true that grape juice is as beneficial as red wine for the heart and body?

Trick question!: Red wine is made without removing seeds, skins and even stems from the grapes. Eating whole black grapes would get you more of these antioxidants than grape juice. ...Read more

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Fruit Juice (Definition)

There is no indication for giving babies under one year of age fruit juices. Fruit juices do not contain the healthy nutrients that ...Read more


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Making juice out of an actual grape fruit, is it as good and beneficial as eating the grape fruit first thing in the morning?

Making juice out of an actual grape fruit, is it as good and beneficial as eating the grape fruit first thing in the morning?

Fruit is better : To eat the fruit itself is probably more nutritious and will have more fiber. If you add sugar to the juice the calories will increase. Be aware that grapefruit juice interacts with some medications elevating their level in the blood and can be very toxic. Somehow grapefruit helps to decrease weight. ...Read more

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Is it true that vodka is the lightest in calories and in inpurities? And mixed with tonic lemon is it the healthiest drink?

Is it true that vodka is the lightest in calories and in inpurities? And mixed with tonic lemon is it the healthiest drink?

No and No: Vodka is not the lightest in calories & definitely not the "healthiest drink." for a comparison of various alcoholic drinks see http://www.Wastedcalories.Com/drinkcalories.Html & http://www.Wastedcalories.Com/spiritscalories.Html not sure what you mean by impurities. The healthiest alcohol drink is probably red wine as it contains many antioxidants & is relatively low in calories. ...Read more

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An apple has as much sugar as a can of regular soda. Sugar really is itself. What is a popular eaten fruit with the lowest amount of sugar?

An apple has as much sugar as a can of regular soda. Sugar really is itself. What is a popular eaten fruit with the lowest amount of sugar?

Strawberries: Coca cola has 39 grams sugar/can; apples have 13.3 g sugar. Big difference! also, the amount of fiber in the fruit modulates how quickly its sugar would be absorbed and result in Insulin peaks. There's no fiber in coca cola, so you get a jolt of sugar! lower-sugar fruits include strawberries, blackberries & blueberries: http://tinyurl.Com/mya2jsm by the way -- a tomato is a "fruit" too. :-). ...Read more

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Is it true that cranberry juice is good for the kidneys?

Is it true that cranberry juice is good for the kidneys?

Uncertain: Native Americans used Cranberries for bladder & renal conditions. Cranberries contain proanthyocyanidins (PACs) which can help to prevent urinary tract infections (UTI's) in women with recurrent UTI's. They also have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory & anti-carcinogenic effects. ...Read more

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Is it true that tumeric root powder is very healthy and can be used like medicine?

Is it true that tumeric root powder is very healthy and can be used like medicine?

Tumeric: Turmeric contains cucuminoids like curcumin. This has anti-inflammatory & antioxidant effects. It is reported to ^ Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor which might help w brain functioning & v risk of some brain conditions such as Alzheimer's. It may help w treatment of arthritis & is reported to have anti-carcinogenic effects. ...Read more

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Some Indians in Malaysia say that yoghurt should not be consumed after Lunch. It is then considered as "poison" It has a cooling effect on the body?

Some Indians in Malaysia say that yoghurt should not be consumed after Lunch. It is then considered as "poison" It has a cooling effect on the body?

Not True: An "old wives tale". Yogurt is awesome anytime of the day and has many great health benefits. It does not have any cooling effect on the body. :) ...Read more

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It is said that green tea acts as a antioxidant. Weather it reduces any pimples on the face...

It is said that green tea acts as a antioxidant. Weather it reduces any pimples on the face...

Will disappoint: Green tea is variously promoted as "very good" or "very bad" for you -- it's an interesting mix of active substances but this isn't your answer. Antioxidants won't touch acne or most other illnesses. You're an adult and you owe it to yourself and those around you to get serious acne managed scientifically. If benzoyl peroxide doesn't clear you, get with your personal physician. ...Read more

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Is msg bad because it actually interacts with your brain and nerves as a chemical transmitter, or is that a myth?

Is msg bad because it actually interacts with your brain and nerves as a chemical transmitter, or is that a myth?

Glutamate: The glutamate part of monosodium glutamate (msg) is a chemical that excites brain cells by interacting with receptors as a neurotransmitter. Too much excitement might damage brain cells. It is not clear how much msg gets into the brain, but it does cause some people headaches and other symptoms. ...Read more

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Is it true that one glass of red wine per night is good for your heart?

Is it true that one glass of red wine per night is good for your heart?

Red Wine for Heart: Antioxidants in red wine called Polyphenols- Resveratrol may help protect the lining of blood vessels in the heart. Most research on Resveratrol has been done on animals, not people. Resveratrol is present in Red and purple grape juices peanuts, blueberries and cranberries. American Heart Association, and National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute do not recommend alcohol to prevent heart disease. ...Read more

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I have high cholesterol, but am also a recovering alcoholic. Is there anything that does the job as well as red wine without the alcohol?

I have high cholesterol, but am also a recovering alcoholic.  Is there anything that does the job as well as red wine without the alcohol?

Yes: Red wine contains interesting molecules, but anyone who tells you this is the best way to lower cholesterol is joking with you. One of the key "red wine" papers was a fraud. Your physician has almost certainly recommended diet, exercise, and perhaps a statin (use only if the others fail and get a 2nd opinion). Very glad you are recovering -- this move will be a greater plus than anything else. ...Read more

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Is there a natural plant or drug that gives the cigarette a relaxing effect but does not harm the body and is not addictive? I need it for hard times.

Is there a natural plant or drug that gives the cigarette a relaxing effect but does not harm the body and is not addictive? I need it for hard times.

Smoking: Is there a natural plant or drug that gives the cigarette a relaxing effect but does not harm the body and is not addictive? I need it for hard times. ANS: YES-dying from CA lung or COPD form cigs is the ultimate relaxer but takes time. Surely you jest? Stop smoking now is the only advice I can give. ...Read more

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Does a white wine is good as red wine to protect the heart from fat and bad cholesterol?

Does a white wine is good as red wine to protect the heart from fat and bad cholesterol?

Doubtful: The last hoopla over red wine as protecting one's heart turned out to be based on fraudulent data. Your decision to drink wine or not, and what type, should depend on your tastes rather than the far-fetched idea that it's going to keep your heart healthy. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/01/12/us-red-wine-heart-idustre80b0bh20120112. ...Read more

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Is it true that a plastic bottle of water left in the sun will release dioxins and is particularly bad for woman to drink?

Is it true that a plastic bottle of water left in the sun will release dioxins and is particularly bad for woman to drink?

Yes: The issue it that chemicals are released into the water from the plastic in the bottle that have be shown to be carcinogenic. Breast cancer comes to mind as one type that may be related to the exposure of this chemical. ...Read more

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What are the health benefits of blackstrap molasses? It is so tasty, and with such a deep, dark color, it seems it must be good for you.

What are the health benefits of blackstrap molasses? It is so tasty, and with such a deep, dark color, it seems it must be good for you.

Tasty stuff: This was an old "health food" since the early 1900's, and you've correctly identified why people believe it must be magic. As a substitute for refined sugar, it contains a small amount of some minerals, including copper and iron, some of which it gets from the machinery in which it is prepared -- takes ~1/4 lb of molasses to get your rda of iron. Don't expect any other health benefits. ...Read more

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My dietician said carrot juice isn't good for you because it has a lot of naturally occurring sugar in it as opposed to a normal carrot? Is it bad???

My dietician said carrot juice isn't good for you because it has a lot of naturally occurring sugar in it as opposed to a normal carrot?  Is it bad???

Stop giving carrots: a bad rap! Yes carrots have a high glycemic index compared to some vegetables. Choosing a handful of baby carrots for a snack is healthier than a eating a twinkie. Go read the about the amount of nutrition in one carrot. Out of the ground is better than juiced! Go ask Bugs Bunny! ...Read more