Healing Powers of Waterleaf

*Waterleaf, (Talinum triangulare), is one of those underrated and undervalued plants in Nigeria. Some even regard waterleaf as a nuisance, a stubborn weed that grows all year, though it flourished more during the rainy season.

*In many scientific studies and trails, waterleaf showed that it can inhibit proliferation of cancerous cells and shrink tumours. Other studies have been focused on its cerebral-protective potential and it indicates that consumption of waterleaf enhances brain activities and protect brain tissues.

*Waterleaf is also a good remedy for insomnia (sleeping disorder).

*Water leaf contains more proteins than cashew nuts, more pectin (a food fiber that helps digestion) than apples, and also have high level of vitamin B, essential amino acids, omega3-fatty acids, resins, iron, calcium, copper, lead, manganese and zinc. It is also a rich source of carotenoids, vitamin C, A, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, alpha and beta tocopherols.

*The pounded waterleaf is applied to soothe inflammations. An infusion of the leaves is taken as a diuretic. For prostate enlargement, the roots are boiled. The dosage is half a glass twice daily. Waterleaf is good and safe for pregnant women and growing children, as it boosts their blood levels. Eating waterleaf regularly as soup helps to regulate hypertension and diabetes.

*While waterleaf is very beneficial when it is taken as vegetable, dried herbs and infusion. However , juicing is the way to go if you want the best out of waterleaf. What is juicing? Juicing is a process whereby you extract vitamins, minerals and liquids from fruits and vegetables.

*To juice waterleaf, simply chop waterleaf, both stem and leaves, into pieces, in the same way as you do if you want to cook it. Then put two or three handfuls in the blender and add one liter of water. Blend in same way as you blend your tomato or fruit. Sieve out the chaff and you will be left with a dark green liquid, packed with vitamins and minerals. Ensure you drink and finish the whole drink within 10 minutes.

Do you feel tired and weak every time?

Are you battling with diabetes, hypertension and arthritis?

Are you prone to frequent bouts of malaria? Have you been diagnosed with cancer or you want to prevent it?

You want a glowing and youthful skin?

I strongly recommend you take waterleaf juice twice a week. A trial will convince you.

Courtesy: New telegraph online

Culled from WhatsApp by Ike Onwubuya

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A big breakfast could aid weight loss, glucose control

Honor Whiteman

You may have heard that breakfast is “the most important meal of the day,” and a new study helps to support this. It found that eating a big breakfast and reducing lunch and dinner size may be key for people looking to lose weight and improve their blood glucose levels.

Researchers suggest that three meals per day — starting with a big breakfast — could promote weight loss and better glucose control.

Led by researchers from Tel Aviv University in Israel, the study found that adults who were obese and had type 2 diabetes lost more weight and had better blood glucose levels after 3 months when they had a high-energy breakfast every day.

Lead study author Dr. Daniela Jakubowicz, who is a professor of medicine at Tel Aviv University, and colleagues recently presented their results at ENDO 2018, the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society, held in Chicago, IL.

Obesity is a leading risk factor for type 2 diabetes; excess weight makes it more difficult for the body to use insulin — the hormone that regulates blood glucose levels — effectively.

According to the Obesity Society, it is estimated that around 90 percent of adults who have type 2 diabetes are overweight or obese.

In terms of treating obesity and type 2 diabetes, switching to a more healthful diet is often the first port of call. But, as Dr. Jakubowicz notes, it’s not always what and how much we eat that might cause problems; it’s also the time of day at which we eat.

“Our body metabolism changes throughout the day,” as Dr. Jakubowicz explains. “A slice of bread consumed at breakfast leads to a lower glucose response and is less fattening than an identical slice of bread consumed in the evening.”

With this in mind, Dr. Jakubowicz and colleagues sought to find out more about how the timing of food intake influences weight loss and blood glucose levels.

Bdiet led to weight loss, reduced hunger

The scientists enrolled 29 adults, of whom 18 were male and 11 were female, to their study. Subjects were aged 69, on average, and all of them had obesity and type 2 diabetes.

The team randomly assigned each of the adults to two different diet groups for a total of 3 months.

One group followed the “Bdiet,” and this consisted of three meals per day: a large breakfast; a medium-sized lunch; and a small evening meal. The other group followed the “6Mdiet,” which consisted of six small meals spaced throughout the day, plus three snacks.

The researchers tested the subjects’ blood glucose levels every 2 weeks during the study. They also used continuous glucose monitoring to measure overall glucose levels, as well as spikes in blood glucose throughout the study.

The researchers found that subjects in the Bdiet group lost an average of 5 kilograms after 3 months, while those who followed the 6Mdiet gained an average of 1.4 kilograms.

Hunger and cravings for carbohydrates also increased among subjects in the 6Mdiet group, but these reduced significantly for subjects who followed the Bdiet.

The effects on blood glucose levels

The scientists found that the fasting glucose levels of subjects in the Bdiet group fell by an average of 54 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dl) — from 161 mg/dl to 107 mg/dl — after 3 months, while fasting glucose levels of the 6Mdiet diet group fell by just 23 mg/dl, from 164 mg/dl to 141 mg/dl.

Upon looking at overall mean glucose levels, the team found that these dropped by 29 mg/dl in the first 14 days — from 167 mg/dl to 138 mg/dl — for subjects who followed the Bdiet, while they fell just 9 mg/dl among the 6Mdiet diet group, from 171 mg/dl to 162 mg/dl.

At 3 months, overall mean glucose levels decreased by 38 mg/dl in the Bdiet group — from 167 mg/dl to 129 mg/dl — compared with a reduction of 17 mg/dl in the 6Mdiet diet group, from 171 mg/dl to 154 mg/dl.

Mean glucose levels during sleep did not reduce at all for those subjects who followed the 6Mdiet diet, but subjects in the Bdiet group experienced a reduction of 24 mg/dl — from 131 mg/dl to 107 mg/dl — at 3 months.

Those who adhered to the Bdiet also required less insulin during the study period, with a reduction in 20.5 units each day. Subjects who followed the 6Mdiet diet, however, needed more insulin, with an increase of 2.2 units every day.

Meal timing offers benefits in itself

Notably, the study also revealed that participants adhering to the Bdiet experienced a significant decrease in overall blood sugar levels in as little as 14 days, even when the subjects themselves showed no weight loss.

According to the researchers, this finding indicates that the timing of meals itself can help with blood glucose management, though weight loss can help to enhance the benefits.

Overall, the team concludes that three meals each day — with breakfast being the biggest — may be of great benefit to people with obesity and type 2 diabetes.

“This study shows,” says Dr. Jakubowicz, “that, in obese, insulin-treated type 2 diabetes patients, a diet with three meals per day, consisting of a big breakfast, average lunch, and small dinner, had many rapid and positive effects compared to the traditional diet with six small meals evenly distributed throughout the day.”

These “positive effects” included “better weight loss, less hunger, and better diabetes control while using less insulin.”

“A diet with adequate meal timing and frequency has a pivotal role in glucose control and weight loss.”

Dr. Daniela Jakubowicz

Culled from https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321261.php By Ike Onwubuya

Hunger games: Why you tend to overeat after weight loss

Indo Asian News Service

Ever wondered why it is so difficult to maintain a healthy weight after substantial weight loss? The hunger hormone ghrelin tricks the bodies into thinking that it needs to eat more, and may be the culprit, research has shown.

According to Catia Martins, Associate Professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), most people with obesity are able to lose weight, even on their own, but only 20% manage to maintain the new lower weight. The study showed that when we lose weight, the stomach releases greater amounts of the ghrelin hormone, which makes us feel hungry.

“Everyone has this hormone, but if you’ve been overweight and then lose weight, the hormone level increases,” Martins said. However, the level of ghrelin does not adjust over time, but remains high. This means it’s likely that people who have been overweight will have to deal with increased hunger pangs for the rest of their lives, Martins said.

On the other hand, people who have lost weight need less energy to maintain their new and lighter bodies. Yet they feel hungrier, because the body is trying to get that weight back. The study, published in the American Journal of Physiology, Endocrinology and Metabolism, examined appetite in patients who participated in a comprehensive 2-year weight loss programme. Patients started out weighing 125 kg on average, but lost an average of 11 kg after two years. Two out of ten manage to keep weight down after programme.

The research suggested that it’s important to know which physiological mechanisms resist weight loss. “People can lose motivation and have trouble following the diet and exercise advice. All of this makes it difficult to maintain the new lower weight,” Martins noted.

“Obesity is a daily struggle for the rest of one’s life. We have to stop treating it as a short-term illness by giving patients some support and help, and then just letting them fend for themselves.”

Culled by Ike Onwubuya source: https://m.hindustantimes.com/fitness/hunger-games-why-you-tend-to-overeat-after-weight-loss/story-v3vI3gq8cVlr2dEjUis9yH.html

Middle Age lifestyle

THE ONLY SOLUTION AT MIDDLE AGE, IS A LIFE STYLE CHANGE.

As we grow older, say from 40 years up to 65. There is nothing better than a total life style change to preserve us and keep us healthy.

After 40 if a person still wants to keep living like a child, he or she might not make it passed middle age. If however such individuals make it, while living like children, then they might suffer a lot of health problems as they age.

One of the first things someone over forty years should consider, will be a life of moderation.

Drink moderately, eat healthy and wisely, sleep enough and don’t deprive yourself of sleep because of partying, hanging out and all such youthful desires and occupations.

Regular exercises should not be missed. Because at the age of forty and above the vital organs of a human being will need some aiding to function properly through exercising.

Any man or woman who after 40 still consumes alcohol like a little boy or girl and indulge freely in all the things he or she did at age 20, or say 25, does not understand that the body is no more the same as it used to be.

Many deaths, stroke, erectile dysfunction issues, heart problems, etc, that occur amongst middle age people today, can be avoided if people of this age group will just embark on a life style change.

I have seen friends, neighbours and relatives who like me are middle agers but suffer like old men, die untimely, play with so much Viagra because of erectile problem. This ought not to be, life style change is the answer.

At middle age a lot of changes takes place in us, living us not as strong as we use to be before, therefore we can’t put unnecessary pressures that only youthful bodies can take, on our aging bodies.

Eating time should be reduced to 7pm, because anything after 8pm is poison to the system of a middle aged person. Red meat should be substituted with white meat. Sugar, iced cold water, lots of salt, should be avoided. Load up on high-fiber fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Your whole digestive system does slow as you age, so fiber is very important. Consume fiber-rich foods such as whole grains, fruit, and vegetables. They will help you feel more energetic and give you fuel to keep going.

Regular check up on our blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, breast, prostrate and so on will be very helpful.

Bless you all fellow middle agers, we have gotten to that stage when we don’t think of every other person and leave ourselves unattended to, think of yourself more now, you need you to stay well.

After the age of 50 one may experience many types of illnesses. But the one I am most worried about is Alzheimer’s. Not only would I not be able to look after myself, but it would cause a lot of inconvenience to family members.

One day, my son came home and told me that a doctor friend has taught him an exercise using the tongue. The tongue exercise is effective to reduce the onset of Alzheimer’s and is also useful to reduce/improve

*1* Body weight

*2* Hypertension

*3* Blood-Clot in Brain

*4* Asthma

*5* Far-sightedness

*6* Ear buzzing

*7* Throat infection

*8* Shoulder / Neck infection

*9* Insomnia

The moves are very simple and easy to learn. Each morning, when you wash your face, in front of a mirror, do the exercise as below:

*stretch out your tongue and move it to the right then to the left for 10 times*

Since I started exercising my tongue daily, there was improvement in my Brain Retention.

My mind was clear and fresh and there were other improvements too.

1 Far sightedness

lesser

2 No giddiness

3. Improved wellness

4. Better digestion

5. Lesser flu / cold

I am stronger and more agile.

The tongue exercise helps to control and prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Medical research has found that the tongue has connection with the BIG Brain. When our body becomes old and weak, the first sign to appear is that our tongue becomes stiff and often we tend to bite ourselves.

Frequently exercising your tongue will stimulate the brain, help to reduce our thoughts from shrinking and thus achieve a healthier body.

Culled from whatsapp by Ike Onwubuya

WHAT CAN THESE FRUITS DO FOR YOU

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*apples*

•Protects your heart

•prevents constipation

•Blocks diarrhea

•Improves lung capacity

•Cushions joints

*apricots*

•Combats cancer

•Controls blood pressure

•Saves your eyesight

•Shields against Alzheimer’s

•Slows aging process

*avocados*

•Battles diabetes

•Lowers cholesterol

•Helps stops strokes

•Controls blood pressure

•Smoothes skin

*bananas*

•Protects your heart

•Quiets a cough

•Strengthens bones

•Controls blood pressure

•Blocks diarrhea

*beans*

•Prevents constipation

•Helps hemorrhoids

•Lowers cholesterol

•Combats cancer

•Stabilizes blood sugar

*beets*

•Controls blood pressure

•Combats cancer

•Strengthens bones

•Protects your heart

•Aids weight loss

*broccoli*

•Strengthens bones

•Saves eyesight

•Combats cancer

•Protects your heart

•Controls blood pressure

*cabbage*

•Combats cancer

•Prevents constipation

•Promotes weight loss

•Protects your heart

•Helps hemorrhoids

*carrots*

•Saves eyesight

•Protects your heart

•Prevents constipation

•Combats cancer

•Promotes weight loss

*cauliflower*

•Protects against Prostate Cancer

•Combats Breast Cancer

•Strengthens bones

•Banishes bruises

•Guards against heart disease

*cherries*

•Protects your heart

•Combats Cancer

•Ends insomnia

•Slows aging process

•Shields against

*chili peppers*

•Aids digestion

•Soothes sore throat

•Clears sinuses

•Combats Cancer

•Boosts immune system

*figs*

•Promotes weight loss

•Helps stops strokes

•Lowers cholesterol

•Combats Cancer

•Controls blood pressure

*flaxseed*

•Aids digestion

•Battles diabetes

•Protects your heart

•Improves mental health

•Boosts immune system

*garlic*

•Lowers cholesterol

•Controls blood pressure

•Combats cancer

•kills bacteria

•Fights fungus

*grapefruit*

•Protects against heart attacks

•Promotes Weight loss

•Helps stops strokes

•Combats Prostate Cancer

•Lowers cholesterol

*grapes*

•saves eyesight

•Conquers kidney stones

•Combats cancer

•Enhances blood flow

•Protects your heart

*green tea*

•Combats cancer

•Protects your heart

•Helps stops strokes

•Promotes Weight loss

•Kills bacteria

*honey*

•Heals wounds

•Aids digestion

•Guards against ulcers

•Increases energy

•Fights allergies

*lemons & Lime*

•Combats cancer

•Protects your heart

•Controls blood pressure

•Smoothes skin

•Stops scurvy

*mangoes*

•Combats cancer

•Boosts memory

•Regulates thyroid

•aids digestion

•Shields against Alzheimer’s

*mushrooms*

•Controls blood pressure

•Lowers cholesterol

•Kills bacteria

•Combats cancer

•Strengthens bones

*olive oil*

•Protects your heart

•Promotes Weight loss

•Combats cancer

•Battles diabetes

•Smoothes skin

*onions*

•Reduce risk of heart attack

•Combats cancer

•Kills bacteria

•Lowers cholesterol

•Fights fungus

*oranges*

•Supports immune systems

•Combats cancer

•Protects your heart

•Straightens respiration

*pineapple*

•Strengthens bones

•Relieves colds

•Aids digestion

•Dissolves warts

•Blocks diarrhea

*prunes*

•Slows aging process

•prevents constipation

•boosts memory

•Lowers cholesterol

•Protects against heart disease

*strawberries*

•Combats cancer

•Protects your heart

•boosts memory

•Calms stress

*sweet potatoes*

•Saves your eyesight

•Lifts mood

•Combats cancer

•Strengthens bones

*tomatoes*

•Protects prostate

•Combats cancer

•Lowers cholesterol

•Protects your heart

*walnuts*

•Lowers cholesterol

•Combats cancer

•boosts memory

•Lifts mood

•Protects against heart disease

*water*

•Quenches thirst

•Promotes Weight loss

•Combats cancer

•Conquers kidney stones

•Smoothes skin

*watermelon*

•Protects prostate

•Promotes Weight loss

•Lowers cholesterol

•Helps stops strokes

•Controls blood pressure

•Fights dehydration

Which among the favours of your Lordwill you deny?

Eating Fruit on Empty Stomach

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This will open your eyes ! Read to the end; and then, send it to others on your list as I just did to u!

Dr Stephen Mak treats terminal ill cancer patients by an “un-orthodox” way and many patients recovered.

Before he used solar energy to clear the illnesses of his patients, he believes on natural healing in the body against illnesses. See his article below.

It is one of the strategies to heal cancer. As of late, my success rate in curing cancer is about 80%.

Cancer patients shouldn’t die. The cure for cancer is already found – *its in the way we eat fruits.*

It is whether you believe it or not.

I am sorry for the hundreds of cancer patients who die under the conventional treatments.

*EATING FRUIT*

We all think eating fruits means just buying fruits, cutting it and just popping it into our mouths.

It’s not as easy as you think. It’s important to know how and *when* to eat the fruits.

What is the correct way of eating fruits?

*IT MEANS NOT EATING FRUITS AFTER YOUR MEALS!*

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*FRUITS SHOULD BE EATEN ON AN EMPTY STOMACH*

If you eat fruits on empty stomach, it will play a major role to detoxify your system, supplying you with a great deal of energy for weight loss and other life activities.

_FRUIT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT FOOD._

Let’s say you eat two slices of bread and then a slice of fruit.

The slice of fruit is ready to go straight through the stomach into the intestines, but it is prevented from doing so due to the bread taken before the fruit.

In the meantime the whole meal of bread & fruit rots and ferments and turns to acid.

The minute the fruit comes into contact with the food in the stomach and digestive juices, the entire mass of food begins to spoil.

So please eat your fruits on an *empty stomach* *or before your meals !*

You have heard people complaining :

Every time I eat watermelon I burp, when I eat durian my stomach bloats up, when I eat a banana I feel like running to the toilet, etc.. etc..

Actually all this will not arise if you eat the fruit on _an empty stomach._

The fruit mixes with the putrefying of other food and produces gas and hence you will bloat !

Greying hair, balding, nervous outburst and dark circles under the eyes all these will *NOT* *happen if you take fruits on an empty stomach.*

There is no such thing as some fruits, like orange and lemon are acidic, because all fruits become alkaline in our body, according to Dr. Herbert Shelton who did research on this matter.

If you have mastered the correct way of eating fruits, you have the *SECRET of beauty, longevity, health, energy, happiness and normal weight.*

When you need to drink fruit juice – *drink only fresh fruit juice,* NOT from the cans, packs or bottles.

Don’t even drink juice that has been heated up.

Don’t eat cooked fruits because you don’t get the nutrients at all.

You only get its taste.

Cooking destroys all the vitamins.

But eating a whole fruit is better than drinking the juice.

If you should drink the fresh fruit juice, drink it mouthful by mouthful slowly, because you must let it mix with your saliva before swallowing it.

You can go on a 3-day fruit fast to cleanse or detoxify your body.

Just eat fruits and drink fresh fruit juice throughout the 3 days.

And you will be surprised when your friends tell you how radiant you look !

*KIWI fruit:*

Tiny but mighty.

This is a good source of potassium, magnesium, vitamin E & fiber. Its vitamin C content is twice that of an orange.

*APPLE:*

An apple a day keeps the doctor away?

Although an apple has a low vitamin C content, it has antioxidants & flavonoids which enhances the activity of vitamin C thereby _helping to lower the risks of colon cancer, heart attack & stroke._

*STRAWBERRY:*

Protective Fruit.

Strawberries have the highest total antioxidant power among major fruits & protect the body from cancer-causing, blood vessel-clogging and free radicals.

*ORANGE :*

Sweetest medicine.

Taking 2-4 oranges a day may _help keep colds away, lower cholesterol, prevent & dissolve kidney stones as well as lessens the risk of colon cancer._

*WATERMELON:*

Coolest thirst quencher. Composed of 92% water, it is also packed with a giant dose of glutathione, which _helps boost our immune system._

They are also *a key source of lycopene the cancer fighting oxidant.*

Other nutrients found in watermelon are vitamin C & Potassium.

*GUAVA & PAPAYA:*

Top awards for vitamin C. They are the clear winners for their high vitamin C content.

Guava is also rich in fiber, which _helps prevent constipation._

Papaya is rich in carotene; this is _good for your eyes._

*Drinking COLD water or drinks after a meal = CANCER*

Can you believe this ?

For those who like to drink cold water or cold drinks, this article is applicable to you.

It is nice to have a cup of cold water or cold drinks after a meal.

*However, the cold water or drinks will solidify the oily stuff that you have just eaten.*

*It will slow down the digestion.*

*Once this ‘sludge’ reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food.*

*It will line the intestine.*

*Very soon, this will turn into FATS and lead to CANCER !*

_*It is best to drink hot soup or warm water after a meal.*_

Let’s be careful and be aware. The more we know the better chance we could survive.

A cardiologist says:

if everyone who gets this mail sends it to 10 people, you can be sure that we’ll save at least one life.

So lets do it

Culled from whatsapp by Ike Onwubuya

Mindful eating may help in weight loss: study

Source: http://nation.com.pk/26-Nov-2017/mindful-eating-may-help-in-weight-loss-study

Islamabad-A new study led by Carolyn Dunn, a nutrition specialist at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, evaluated effect of being more mindful about eating in a weight management programme. The study will be presented at European Congress on Obesity to be held in Porto, Portugal.

Dunn and colleagues evaluated effectiveness of mindful eating in an online weight management programme called Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less (ESMMWL), developed by NC State University and the NC Division of Public Health.

Although it is preventable, obesity is not an easy problem to solve, as many causes and contributing factors including behaviour, environment and genetic predisposition work together to initiate and maintain the disease, the study states.

Individual behaviour affects diet, amount of physical activity or inactivity and medication use. Environmental factors such as availability of a range of foods, opportunity for physical activity, education and food marketing also have a big impact, the study reveals.

Mindfulness is a type of Buddhist meditation during which a person focuses on his or her present thoughts, feelings and sensations. An important feature of mindfulness is to pay attention without judgement or evaluation – there is no right or wrong thought or feeling, there is only the awareness of what it is right now.

Mindfulness entered the mainstream as a therapeutic practice in 1980s through the work of people such as Jon Kabat-Zinn and his mindfulness-based stress reduction programme at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, where there is now a centre for mindfulness.

The programme uses an approach to mindful eating where the participant is invited to focus on many facets of dealing and interacting with food, such as paying attention to how it tastes, noticing hunger and fullness cues, and planning mealtimes and snacks.

For their study , which takes the form of a randomised controlled trial, the researchers asked people looking to enrol on the ESMMWL if they would be willing to take part. Of the 80 participants who said yes, 42 were randomly assigned to the intervention group and 38 to the control group.

The results showed that the participants who completed the programme lost more weight than the others who remained in the control group for the duration. The average weight loss in the group that completed the programme was 1.9 kilograms compared with 0.3 kilograms average weight loss in the control group, a result that the researchers describe as ‘statistically significant’.

All participants completed the MEQ, but the before and after differences in the total score and the scores on the subscales were significantly larger in the group that completed the programme than the control group.

“Results suggest that there is a beneficial association between mindful eating and weight loss . The current study contributes to the mindfulness literature as there are very few studies that employed rigorous methodology to examine the effectiveness of an intervention on mindful eating”, the authors of the study remarked. Meanwhile, nutrition experts say some people eat gluten-free food when they do not need to, and they might end up eating less healthy food, too.

Walk into any grocery store across the United States and you’ll find thousands of different products lining the shelves. Yet among the many cans, bags and boxes of food. Many of these products have the words “gluten free” emblazoned across their labels. The food trend is so widespread that the term “gluten free” is now synonymous with healthy, according to nutrition experts.

Andrea Garber, is an associate professor of paediatrics at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and the chief nutritionist at the school’s eating disorders programme and childhood obesity programme.

She said that the choice of eating only gluten-free products could be based on perceived health benefits and not out of medical necessity. This could put the habit into what many in her field call the “halo effect.”

The authors said that an overreliance on stocking your kitchen with gluten-free products could pose serious health risks, especially for children. They cited obesity as the number one concern.

“Where nutritional values of gluten-free products do vary significantly from their gluten-containing counterparts, such as having higher levels of saturated fat, labelling needs to clearly indicate this so that patients, parents, and caregivers could make informed decisions,” Dr Sandra Martínez-Barona, fellow lead researcher from the Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria La Fe in Spain, said.

Garber said that the study is a good example of how confusing healthy eating has become. “Many people need gluten-free foods because of disease,” she said, adding, “But if you do not, and you eat gluten free, you might be undermining your own health attempts.”

People who have celiac disease do have legitimate reasons to check food labels.

Culled by Ike Onwubuya