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Dr. Zorba Paster: Vegetarian, vegan diets help diabetics lower blood sugar

If you are diabetic, recent research from the British Medical Journal points out that a vegetarian or vegan diet might be just what the doctor ordered. Lower blood sugar, improved …


Ignore the fad diets – sugar in fruit doesn’t make it unhealthy

In recent months, my dietitian colleagues and I have been encountering more and more people making claims like “fruit is bad for you” or “fruit is toxic.” “What is going …


WSU researchers set sights on wheat variety to combat celiac disease

A genetically modified variety of wheat with built-in enzymes to break down gluten have been produced in laboratories. Now, the researchers are hoping to refine the idea in an effort …


How to reboot your eating without resorting to a fad diet

That culturally ingrained notion that we need to repent after indulging is one reason the diet industry booms in January.


The new Weight Watchers is all about ‘wellness,’ but critics say it’s ‘diet culture’ in disguise

After more than a half-century, and countless, obsessive calculations on how many points you have to spend on your diet, Weight Watchers officially ceased to exist. On Monday, WW was …


House Call: Vitamins, supplements may not be necessary

If you eat a diet full of a wide variety of fruits and vegetables as well as with mostly plant-based protein sources, chances are that you don’t need vitamin supplementation. …


Nearly half of U.S. cancer deaths blamed on unhealthy behavior

A new look at cancer in the U.S. finds that nearly half of cancer deaths are caused by smoking, poor diet and other unhealthy behaviors.


Keep children engaged during summer break

Experts emphasize two essential goals for students throughout the summer – engaging the mind and being physically active.


Everything is Copy: A sugar addict faces her demon

Junior Mints, with their whiff of medicinal virtue, may be the perfect candy. Unless we consider Peanut M&Ms, offering protein and the smugness of legume consumption. Or perhaps Kit-Kats and …


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Study links diet soda to higher risk of stroke, dementia

Americans trying to stay healthy have abandoned sugary drinks for diet drinks in droves over the past few decades on the theory that the latter is better than the former. …


Despite the anti-carb diet fads, whole grains are still good for you

It hasn’t been a great decade for fans of grain consumption – not even whole grains. Popular diet books like “The Paleo Diet,” “The Wheat Belly Diet” and many others …


Ten nutrition mistakes even really healthy people make

A top 10 list of common but easy-to-repair nutrition mistakes.


Diet sweetener sucralose suppresses appetite

In what may be good news for dieters, a study has found that the artificial sweetener sucralose suppresses food intake. The study contradicts one published last year that found sucralose …


Neanderthal menu: Woolly rhino in Belgium, mushrooms in Spain

Eating like a caveman meant chowing down on woolly rhinos and sheep in Belgium, but munching on mushrooms, pine nuts and moss in Spain. It all depended on where they …


Dr. Zorba Paster: How to make food labels better

I like reading food labels. It’s not just because I’m a geek, a moniker I gladly accept, but because I want to eat right – more protein, less carbs, fewer …


A diet rich in fruits and vegetables outweighs the risks of pesticides

When you shop for groceries, do you carry a copy of the Environmental Working Group’s “Dirty Dozen,” list with you? It’s a list of the 12 vegetables and fruits with …


Why the ‘gluten-free movement’ is less of a fad than we thought

There’s growing evidence that severe gluten sensitivities exist outside the realm of celiac disease. And researchers simply don’t know how many of the people following a gluten-free diet may actually …


House Call: Right fats hold keys to healthy living

The advice on fat has changed many times over the years as we have learned more about the different types of fat out there and their effects on the body.


House Call: Summer produce easy way to increase fiber in diet

One of the things that summertime means to me is an abundance of fresh produce. This has gotten me to thinking a lot about nutrition. It can be hard to …


Dr. Zorba Paster: Low fat? Low carb? The trick, as always, is moderation

If you like carbs, go for carbs – just limit them. If you like fat, go for fat – but limit it. And overall, you still have to limit what …


House backs bill to ease calorie labeling requirements

The House has approved legislation to give supermarkets, fast-food chains and other food establishments some relief from government calorie labeling rules.


Six local residents share weight-loss success stories

More than a third of adults in the U.S. have a body mass index that puts them in the “obese” category. About two-thirds of adult Americans are either obese or …


Dr. Zorba Paster: Go Mediterranean, king of the diets

Have you been to one of your many area farmers markets yet? If not, you should definitely go. The cornucopia of nature just spreads out before you as you go …


Dr. Zorba Paster: Spinach shows its strength as superfood

Every TV show you watch that features health seems to tout one superfood after another. I used to think this was a junk term. I was never taught about superfoods …


Vegetarian, vegan diets aid weight loss, research shows

Evidence that vegetables are good for you abounds. And here’s more: Researchers who analyzed studies of people put on vegetarian or vegan diets found that they lost more than 7 …


Where’s the beef? Could be scarce in new federal diet guidelines

WASHINGTON – For years, the government has been issuing guidelines about healthy eating choices. Now, a panel that advises the Agriculture Department is ready to recommend that you be told …


On Your Health’s Paster comes to Spokane

Public radio’s renowned family doctor, Zorba Paster, visits Spokane on Thursday to talk about living a longer, sweeter life while answering audience questions about their personal health conundrums. But the …


Osteoporosis is more common and more dangerous than most think

Osteoporosis doesn’t just happen to old ladies. Rather, it’s a disease that can weaken anyone’s bones, regardless of age or sex, putting them at higher risk of fracture – which …


Nutrition plays key role in eye disease prevention

Yes, carrots are good for your eyes. But so are king crab, cantaloupe and canola oil. While eating nutrient-rich food and maintaining a healthy weight won’t fix near- or farsightedness, …


Intermittent fasting should include lifetime dieting plan

It certainly sounded like a fad to me. A while ago I caught a program on public television about a medical doctor in Great Britain. Dr. Michael Mosley, like millions …