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Nutrition

Kids Probiotics

Should kids take probiotics? Tips for building gut health in kids

Updated February 24th, 2018 This past weekend, my 8-year-old cousin had a stomach bug and asked me what she could do to make her stomach ache go away. The best advice I could give her was to not have anything with milk or dairy, to eat small portions of clear soups if she was hungry,… Read More

Carbs Addictive

Why are carbs addictive? Because they make us happy, literally

Pasta, mashed potatoes, pizza, oatmeal, crunchy sourdough bread with butter. Yum. Maybe not great for you all the time, but so tasty. Some would even say addictive. I can only speak for myself, but if I get rolling on a pizza, you’re looking at a runaway freight train that can easily put back a whole… Read More

Bifidobacterium vs Lactobacillus Strains

Bifidobacterium vs. Lactobacillus probiotics: what’s the difference?

All the growing interest surrounding probiotics has led to an explosion in the supplement market, which is estimated to be valued at $45.64 billion and growing. A probiotic is defined as a microorganism that survives the digestive process to confer a health benefit on the host, which in this case, is us. The health benefits… Read More

Acetyl-L-Carnitine

Boosting serotonin with food and supplements: what you need to know

We’ve all heard of serotonin, the “feel good” neurotransmitter that regulates sleep, mood, and sex drive. And because of its role in making us feel good, serotonin maintains a coveted place in the popular culture, especially in the supplement industry. People take supplements like 5-HTP to increase serotonin levels, but is this the best way… Read More

Bean Health Benefits

What’s in a bean? Lots of health benefits

Updated January 5th, 2018 You’ve heard the rhyme “beans, beans, they’re good for your heart,” which is true — but that’s not even the half of it. Beans are part of the legumes family, which includes peas and lentils. They’re cheap, you can use them a lot of different ways, and they’re an excellent source… Read More

TMAO and heart disease: what we know (and what we don’t)

In a previous post (and several others) John covered the ongoing debate about dietary cholesterol, with a particular focus on eggs. As part of that post he introduces the molecule called trimethylamine-N-oxide, or “TMAO” for short. TMAO is of great interest in the health community as a New England Journal of Medicine study linked elevated… Read More

Do plant based diets help us live longer? Separating fact from fiction

Updated November 19th, 2017  A big part of the reason I became involved with Gene Food was to help people understand that nutrition advice isn’t one size fits all. What works for some, won’t work for others. And yet, every food guru out there believes their diet is the best. The Vegan camp, in documentaries… Read More

Magnesium Health Benefits Supplement Gene Food

Does magnesium have health benefits? My experience after 3 weeks

Updated January 18th, 2018. A few weeks ago, I wrote about my caffeine problem. I love coffee but sometimes I feel like I reach for another cup too often. My energy levels feel like I need it. How do I remedy this? John smartly suggested some magnesium supplements because they help regulate energy. Many of… Read More

Caffeine Content in Popular Beverages

Caffeine consumption: what you need to know for tomorrow morning

Updated January 5th, 2018 Do you ever worry about your caffeine consumption? Asking for a friend. Truth be told, I drink about 3-5 cups (how “cup” is actually defined on a coffeemaker, not physical mugs) of coffee a day. I tell myself that I need to be better about switching to green tea in the… Read More

Natto Taste Test Superfood

Natto taste test: How does this super-funky superfood stack up?

Updated January 5th, 2018 It’s nattō time at Gene Food, folks. Why am I eating smelly fermented soybeans for breakfast, you might ask? OK, well maybe you aren’t asking that right off the bat. But you will. “It looks like glue with bugs in it,” my best friend said when I told her that John had… Read More

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