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Diet advice from a professor who lived to 102

Fred Kummerow, who died last year at the age of 102, was a biochemist and Emeritus Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. He spent more than 60 years campaigning against “trans fats” i.e. vegetable oils that have been refined at high temperatures. He argued that cholesterol and saturated fats are not the main …

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Ancient secrets of Ayurveda that can benefit your health

Ayurveda is a system of diet and healing wisdom that originated in India more than 5000 years ago. If I had to choose just one system from the countless theories on diet that I have studied during the past 40 years, it would Ayurveda. It has influenced my thinking deeply and I keep coming back …

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Don’t graze unless you’re a cow, or want to look like one

I read a fascinating article in the HuffPost titled “Have American Parents Got It All Backwards?” It compared the eating habits of Americans to Koreans: “In Korea… children are taught it is important to wait out their hunger until it is time for the whole family to sit down together and eat. Koreans do not …

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Will eating fermented foods make any difference to your health?

It has taken me a long time to recognise the benefits of fermented (probiotic) foods. I’ve been reading about them for years. People have recommended kefir and yoghurt, sauerkraut, kombucha and other naturally fermented foods. But for some reason I’ve never grasped the importance of these foods and drinks. My eyes were opened recently by …

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“Help. Please tell me what I should eat!”

I get regular emails from people asking for help to balance their blood sugar. The most common request is, “Please tell me what I should eat. I need a meal plan.” Many people are so confused. They’ve read so many books, been to different doctors and health professionals and got conflicting advice. They simply don’t …

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“Sure methods of improving health and prolonging life”

A wise person once told me, if you want to acquire wisdom, read books written before the invention of the printing press. There’s a lot of truth in this. Particularly when it comes to books about diet and health. Most of what has been written since the 1970s is trash. Honestly, I wouldn’t put my …

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