my treasured books is a gigantic volume of words and pictures
that defines distinct elements in the English language. Yes, I
know I can Google the same information. But I find it
satisfying to thumb through the pages of my American Heritage
Dictionary for in-depth meanings to words. So, in my book, the
thought that books are out of date is a myth.
according to my dictionary, refers to a popular belief, a
fiction or half-truth. And boy, do we have them in the field
of nutrition. Here are a few highlighted in Environmental
Nutrition (EN), a newsletter authored by registered dietitian
foods are healthier. Unless you have celiac disease or another
medical reason to avoid gluten ó a protein that occurs
naturally in wheat, rye and barley ó there is no additional
nutrition benefit from eating gluten-free foods.
wheat ó or wheat in general ó is bad for you. Again, if
you are sensitive to gluten (a protein in wheat that gives
structure to baked bread) or have a true allergy to wheat, any
type of wheat product is not good for you. For the rest of us,
whole wheat and other whole grain products have been found to
lower internal inflammation, which can decrease our risk for
cancer, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and heart disease.
need to limit salt if we donít have high blood pressure. Itís
true that some people are more "salt-sensitive" than
others. But even if salt does not raise your blood pressure,
it can damage the lining of blood vessels and increase the
stiffness of blood-carrying arteries, commonly known as
"hardening" of the arteries. Too much salt can also
weaken the heart muscle and do damage to kidneys, according to
scientists at the University of Delaware. Our goal? Less than
2,300 milligrams a day is recommended for most healthy people.
fish is not healthy. According to experts with the Monterey
Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program (www.seafoodwatch.org),
many popular types of seafood such as salmon and shrimp can be
safely farm-raised in addition to being caught in the wild.
Because of improved methods of aquaculture (fish farming),
most talapia and catfish are now farm-raised; so are oysters
and many clams and mussels. Safe farming methods may even help
improve the quality of our water, says Seafood Watch.
cause cancer and "feminize men." These charges
simply are not true, say researchers. Human studies show that
soy foods do not increase cancer risk and in some cases, may
lower it. For example, consuming soy foods during childhood
and adolescence may help lower oneís risk for breast cancer.
What about women recovering from a type of breast cancer known
to be estrogen receptor positive? They can safely enjoy
moderate amounts of soy foods ó 1 or 2 daily servings of soy
beverage, edamame, tofu or soy nuts ó according to the
latest research reported by the American Institute of Cancer