Conduct a quick Google search, and you’ll find miraculous claims about a tropical fat that has become increasingly popular among health-conscious consumers in recent years: coconut oil. Health claims about the oil's ability to hel... Read more
In a college nutrition class I took back in the 90’s, I overheard a classmate boasting to a small group about how she only ate fat-free food. Most of America was still in the clutches of the fat-free craze, and my classmate’s views weren&... Read more
If you're prone to frequent heartburn symptoms, there are lots of simple things to try before you see your doctor. If one of more of these solutions works for you, great! If not, make an appointment to discover if your heartburn is really a sympt... Read more
I remember clearly the first time I realized that my heartburn was probably a symptom of a more serious condition. I was sitting at my desk at work sipping on a cup of coffee, trying to wake up, when I felt a searing pain in my chest. It was as if th... Read more
SparkPeople’s Exercise Reference Guides offer an in-depth look at the principles of fitness.
We often hear a lot about aerobic or “cardio” exercise and how it improves fitness, reduces one’s risk of lifestyle diseases, an... Read more
I think I have accurately diagnosed what is wrong with my treadmill. It would appear I have a dead speed sensor which is cheap and easy to replace. I have looked on line and found one source but cannot find any info whether or not the site is reput... Read more
I have been consistently shooting for spark's recommendation of 50% carbs, 30% fat, and 20% protein for a long time without results-- and I've also done 50% carbs, 20% fat, and 30% protein-- which is the way I eat naturally without trying to mess wit... Read more
I have acid reflux, and I have read that I shouldn't eat for hours before exercising as it causes my acid reflux to bother me. I only have time to exercise in the morning, is it ok to exercise without food?... Read more
Sparkpeople allows you to track your Folate three different ways: 1. Folate, total 2. Folate, food and 3. Folic Acid. What is the difference between these three. Are there seperate jobs of each? If so, what are they? Is one more important than the o... Read more
Every day when I run my nutrition feedback report I am low on potassium by at least a couple thousand milligrams. I know not all of the food in the tracker has the potassium content listed, as most processed foods don't, but I am sure I am still unde... Read more
Poppy Seeds are a good source of Omega 3's fatty acids. This is a good carb that provides energy, promotes digestion and helps breast cancer patients. Pumpkin Seeds are a natural source of carbohydrate, have amino acids, vitamins C, D, E, and K and m... Read more
In 2008, over-the-counter fish oil supplement sales in the United States nearly topped $740 million. Add to that the additional $1.8 billion spent on other omega-3 fortified foods like margarine and peanut butter and you can see that omega-3 is big b... Read more
In 1992, “Lorenzo’s Oil” was a heart warming hit at the box office starring Nick Nolte and Susan Sarandon, who portrayed sympathetic parents who searched for a treatment for their son Lorenzo, who suffered from ALD (adrenoleukodystrophy), a genetic d... Read more
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