Joe Leech, Dietitian, MSc Nutrition & Dietetics

Nutrition and Prediabetes: A Primer for Busy Folks

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[Last updated 14th August, 2018]

Prediabetes is a strange one.

It affects almost 100 million adults in the US alone, yet most don’t even realize they have it.

The scary part is that if left unmanaged, it will progress to type 2 diabetes.

Fortunately, this progression can be avoided. In fact, prediabetes is completely reversible through a combination of simple diet changes, exercise, and weight loss.

This article highlights the most important things you can do to reverse prediabetes and reclaim your health.[Discover More…]

Coconut Oil vs Olive Oil vs Canola Oil? New Study Finds Olive Oil Is Best, Coconut Oil Has Zero Antioxidants, Canola Oil Is Worst For Cooking

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[Last updated 14th August, 2018]

A new Australian study could change the type of oils you use for cooking.

Researchers found that extra virgin olive oil is the most stable and safest to use at high temperatures.

Cooking with coconut oil was almost on par, however failed to come close when comparing levels of naturally occurring antioxidants.

Seed oils (also called vegetable oils) such as canola oil, grapeseed and sunflower oil were the least stable when heated and produced the most harmful compounds.

Researcher’s also found that an oil’s smoke point is a very poor marker of its safety and stability as a cooking oil, contrary to popular belief.

This is a detailed look at some of the main results as well as a Q&A with the lead author.[Discover More…]

Flexitarian Diet: Your Starter’s Guide and Sample Diet Plan

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[Last updated 9th January, 2019]

While there are many health benefits to being vegetarian, some of us don’t want to completely cut out meat.

This is the idea behind the flexitarian diet, which reduces meat intake instead of avoiding it altogether.

This article discusses the potential benefits and risks of following a flexitarian diet to help you decide if it’s a good plan for you.
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7 Benefits of Moringa: From Developing Countries to Nutrition Supplements

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[Last updated 14th August, 2018]

Bitter.

That’s the best word I can use to describe moringa, the seeds of which I tried in Uganda.

Despite its strong taste, moringa is quickly becoming a popular nutrition supplement in the U.S.

All parts of the moringa tree — including the seeds, pods and leaves — have long been used in other parts of the world for their nutritional properties.

This article looks at what moringa is and some of its most beneficial uses, including disease prevention and even water purification.[Discover More…]

What Is Leaky Gut Syndrome and Is It Even Real? A Sales-Free Look

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[Last updated 9th May, 2019]

Autoimmune diseases and digestive issues are more common than ever before.

There are several theories why, but a condition called Leaky Gut Syndrome is the most popular.

Its emergence has created a huge market for new supplements and associated products. But just how big of a problem is it?

This article is a sales-free look at what we currently understand about leaky gut syndrome.[Discover More…]

Histamine Intolerance: Everything You Need To Know Explained in Plain English

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[Last updated 9th November, 2018]

Histamine intolerance is poorly understood in the medical world.

Most health professionals are not knowledgeable on the topic; diagnosis is flaky at best; and the condition itself is difficult to treat.

That’s why I’ve created this guide. It’s a comprehensive, research-driven review of histamine intolerance, with a particular emphasis on diet and treatment.
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