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Monthly Archives: May 2013

Our Germs – What Do We Know About Them?

A friend sent me a great article called "Some of My Best Friends Are Germs" by Michael Pollan about the efforts by a team led by Rob Knight at the BioFrontiers Institute at the University of Colorado, Boulder working on something called the American Gut project. The team analyzes the hundreds of microbial species harbored by [...]

Resistant Starch – Friend or Foe?

What is Resistant Starch? Resistant starch is a type of starch that resists digestion. Starch in general is a large complex carbohydrate used by plants such as oats, corn, potatoes, wheat, rice, nuts, legumes and some fruits such as bananas to store energy. Foods that contain starch make up a large part of many people's [...]

Solutions for Constipation

A recent large study to assess the associations of dietary fiber and liquid intake to constipation concluded: "The findings support clinical recommendations to treat constipation with increased liquid, but not fiber or exercise." To read the study, click here. This conclusion is no surprise based on the The Dark Side of Fiber blog series on [...]