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Sugar can be listed in the ingredients list by different names. What is two other names for sugar?

Sugar can be listed in the ingredients list by different names. What is two other names for sugar?

Many: Aside from anything that ends in "sugar" like (cane sugar, brown sugar...), other names for sugar are: glucose, fructose, galactose, maltose, sorbitol, honey, molasses, the malts (barley, diastatic), the syrups (golden, refiners, maple, barley)... ...Read more

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Obesity (Definition)

Having too much body fat. It is different from being overweight, which means weighing too much. The weight may come from muscle, bone, fat, and/or body water. Both terms mean that a person's weight is greater than what's considered healthy for ...Read more


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Are fresh fruits bad for those with fructose malabsorption?

Are fresh fruits bad for those with fructose malabsorption?

Fructose problem: If you cannot absorb fructose, then the worse you can get is loose stools and a lot of gas. ...Read more

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Any suggestions for avoiding sodium in restaurants, other than "hold the salt & seasoning"?

Any suggestions for avoiding sodium in restaurants, other than "hold the salt & seasoning"?

Good Luck with That: The western diet relies heavily on salt for seasoning. And restaurants don't hold back at all. Try this: 1. Never eat from the bread basket (breads, cakes, pancakes, etc. Are full of salt). 2. Avoid creamy, cheesy sauces. 3. Avoid restaurants that use pre-prepared starters (usually your chains, diners) 4. Avoid smoked meats and deli cuts. 5. No salad dressings (usae oil and vinegar). ...Read more

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Can refined sugar, artificial colors and other additives affect mood?

Can refined sugar, artificial colors and other additives affect  mood?

Yes: I had a mother whose child had add but when she got the child off of foods with colors, the problem went away. This is not a study but a case report. ...Read more

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For partial lactose intolerance, is there a website or other resource that tells how much lactose remains in various brands and flavors of yogurt?

For partial lactose intolerance, is there a website or other resource that tells how much lactose remains in various brands and flavors of yogurt?

See Below: In General Greek yogurt has less lactose than regular but I am not aware of any website that compares them. You can buy liquid lactase on Amazon and stir it into yogurt and 24 hours later most if not all of the lactose will be gone. ...Read more

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Endocrinologist/Dietician: Can you send a link to a list of highly popular brand named foods bought at grocery store low in carbs/sugar for diabetic?

Endocrinologist/Dietician: Can you send a link to a list of highly popular brand named foods bought at grocery store low in carbs/sugar for diabetic?

Interesting question: Foods that are naturally low in carbs include: non-starchy vegetables and low-sugar fruits such as: Salad Greens (lettuce, spinach, cabbage); Swiss chard or other chard, collard greens, kale, bok choy; Herbs (basil, parsley, cilantro); radishes, sprouts, cucumbers, tomatoes; avocado, asparagus, broccoli, green beans, Brussels sprouts; meats, fish, and eggs. Otherwise read food labels. ...Read more

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Online sources mention so many benefits of ginseng. can you list facts?

Online sources mention so many benefits of ginseng. can you list facts?

Many proven benefits: GInseng has been used by healers for thousands of years & they have observed many benefits, but only some have so far been proven by preliminary research, including enhanced immune function, supporting heart health, improved mental function, physical endurance & strength, reduced stress, improved sex drive, function & fertility & possibly reduced cancer risk- see http://tinyurl.com/m6v6b8m ...Read more

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There are a lot of purported health benefits associated with eating cacao or cacao nibs. I found these whole cacao beans at the grocery store. Why should I eat these as opposed to tastier chocolate?

There are a lot of purported health benefits associated with eating cacao or cacao nibs. I found these whole cacao beans at the grocery store. Why should I eat these as opposed to tastier chocolate?

to avoid sugar: Cacao has many proven health benefits but is bitter. Chocolate is basically cacao with added sugar. Sugar is toxic with many proven detriments. Thus, with cacao nibs you get all of the benefits without the downside of sugar. However, a good compromise is dark chocolate- at least 70% cocoa solids, but one with 85-90% cocoa solids is even better. See http://bit.Ly/1fnptkt ; http://bit.Ly/1gxkzhb. ...Read more

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What are the reasons for obesity in us? Gmo grains? Corn syrup?

Eating: The bottom line is that if you take in more calories than you expend, your body will save it as fat. Bad food choices coupled with a lack of exercise are probably the causes. Thin people eat healthy food [fruits, vegetables, lean meats and dairy] and they are active. Obese people are, in general, not active and have poor eating habits. ...Read more

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Please suggest me foods which are non-allergenic as well as low glycemic(both qualities together, e.G. Chicken) for a whole day diet plan.Please help.

Please suggest me foods which are non-allergenic as well as low glycemic(both qualities together, e.G. Chicken) for a whole day diet plan.Please help.

Individual needs: The most common foods causing sensitivities are wheat, corn, soy, eggs, dairy, peanuts, and tree nuts -- but you as an individual might react to any or none of these. A holistic or integrative physician can help you with a food elimination diet ; lab testing to learn your sensitivities. After this, a nutritionist will be able to help you develop a personalized food plan that works. Good luck! ...Read more

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Read that most branded breakfast cereals(even those low in sugar & saturate fat) are made by high heat extrusion process & most nutrients r lost.True?

Read that most branded breakfast cereals(even those low in sugar & saturate fat) are made by high heat extrusion process & most nutrients r lost.True?

TRUE: except nutrients (Vitamins etc) are generally ADDED as the next step (as is sugar unfortunately) Look for "natural" cereal products (Available in most "Health Food" Stores or Supermarkets! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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Confused by prescription terms qid, qd, qhs, etc. Are there official guidelines for pharmacists for writing instructions on the labels on bottles? Any website?

Confused by prescription terms qid, qd, qhs, etc. Are there official guidelines for pharmacists for writing instructions on the labels on bottles? Any website?

Not for patients: Any good pharmacy would never write the abbreviated doctor shorthand on the bottle of medication you get. If you are unsure of anything, have them relabel the bottle in words that you can understand. If you are asking before the prescription is filled and you want to know, consult a pharmacy or medical shorthand manual on latin prescription abbreviations. ...Read more

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Are store brand contact lens solution harmful compared to the well known brands such as bausch and lomb.

Are store brand contact lens solution harmful compared to the well known brands such as bausch and lomb.

Store brand: Store brand contact lens solutions are just not as good at removing debris and protein from the contact lenses. I have seen more people develope red eyes and contact lenses intolerance while using store brand solution. These solutions will not permanently damage you eyes but are just not as good as bran name solutions. I prefer a solution called revitalens. ...Read more

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List of hypoallergenic foods?

List of hypoallergenic foods?

Essentially none.: All foods are capable of becoming an allergen. However, the most common foods to cause allergy are peanut, tree nuts, shellfish, wheat, egg, milk, and soy. But, avoiding them will not necessarily be any more effective than eating them regularly at preventing the development of allergy. However, you must avoid any food that you have adverse reactions to. ...Read more