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For the Love of Bread: Sourdough Fermentation and the Revival of Gluten Free Baked Goods

* the opinions expressed are those of the author and not Nutrition Ink. “How can a nation be great if its bread tastes like Kleenex?” —Julia Child Humans have been leavening, baking, and joyfully consuming bread for thousands of years, but for the approximate 1% of the US population affected by celiac disease and gluten sensitivity, most traditional bread, pasta, and baked goods are now off limits. Food companies and home cooks alike have worked valiantly to create gluten-free products that mimic the flavors and textures of the original baked goods with some success. I personally have tasted fabulous gluten-free cookies, but it is clear more improvement is needed. Gluten-free products are o

Can the DASH Diet Decrease Hypertension?

* the opinions expressed are those of the author and not Nutrition Ink. Millions of adults in the United States are diagnosed with Hypertension (HTN), high blood pressure. High blood pressure is a leading cause of two of the foremost risk factors of death in America: heart disease and stroke.(1) What are the treatment methods utilized for this widespread and pervasive ailment? High blood pressure is regularly treated with medication, however there are lifestyle modifications that have shown to be beneficial to aid in reducing blood pressure.2 One of the most successful and beneficial diets is the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, DASH, diet. There has been a plethora of studies conduc

Intermittent Fasting: Trend or Science?

* the opinions expressed are those of the author and not Nutrition Ink. ** Always consult with your primary care provider before starting any diet program. Intermittent fasting seems to be the new health craze. Not only has is it a buzzword in the media, but it has become a popular topic among health professionals as well. So what is all the hype about, and is there any validity to it? Intermittent fasting (IF) is a fancy term for the cycling between short periods of fasting and subsequent periods of eating. Also known as time-­‐restricted eating, this method is often used to promote weight loss, as well as improving blood pressure and cholesterol. The most popular methods of IF include: 16

Potential Side Effects of Artificial Sweeteners

* the opinions expressed are those of the author and not Nutrition Ink. Artificial sweeteners, or nonnutritive sweeteners, are commonly used sugar substitutes that are much sweeter than sugar and often contain zero calories and sugar. The most common artificial sweeteners are sucralose (Splenda), aspartame (Equal), and saccharin (Sweet‘N Low) While artificial sweeteners are often considered a healthier alternative to natural sugar, emerging research indicates they may yield potential adverse health effects. Despite the high-intensity sweetness of artificial sweeteners, recent research indicates these compounds result in different responses by the brain than sugar; one study reported glucose

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