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Lectins: The Least Understood Hot Nutritional Topic These Days

Lectins are among the hot nutritional topics these days thatneed a dose of reality. Some people are touting “Avoid!” Other people respond, “Impossible.” I am firmly in the second camp; we need lectins. So, before discussing them, let’s put them in perspective. In life, we hope to simplify decision-making into black or white outcomes. Indeed,…

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Top 10 Facts on Nutrition

1. Nutrition is the key to a healthy immune system and resistance to disease.2. Provide variety of whole, nutrient dense foods for health and longevity.3. Feed species appropriate diets; needed not just to survive but thrive.4. True food allergies rare; food intolerances common. Food elimination trials poorly followed.5. Dogs have become obligate omnivores; genome evolved…

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Tiptoeing from Treats into Home Cooking for Pets

I often hear from frustrated clients who are unable to find a commercial pet food that does not contain an ingredient or ingredients to which their pet may react. This is definitely a shortcoming from an industry that provides an abundance of choices. My suggestion is always to home cook and freeze meals for a…

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Curcumin: Why it is the spiciest topic these days

Curcumin is a phytochemical (also known as phytonutrient) which is present in turmeric, a plant that is a member of the ginger family, originated in Southeast Asia and commonly used in curry. The word “phytochemical” is an umbrella term (meaning chemicals from plants) that encompasses several classes or subcategories such as polyphenols and allyl sulfides…

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The No-Carb Kick Needs to Be Checked

Feeding overcooked white rice is an age old method to curb mild diarrhea in dogs. White rice does rank high on the glycemic index so I suggest only feeding it for a very short period of time and in moderation. Better still, feed well-cooked brown rice instead. (Persistent diarrhea needs to be attended to by…

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An Explanation of Nutrigenomics

Nutrigenomics. Scary word, right? It is purely a newer compounded word that even at the time of this writing, Microsoft Word does not recognize it in its dictionary. I want to take a moment to break it down and explain it to you. Nutri = Nutrition Genomics = A discipline in genetics that applies molecular…

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