No, You Don’t Have To Have Celiac Disease To Have A Wheat Sensitivity

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People who don’t have a diagnosis for celiac disease or a wheat allergy may face a lot of scorn and derision for claiming to be sensitive to wheat products, skipping pasta and bread.

But a new study by scientists at Columbia University may explain why certain grain products can cause intestinal discomfort in some people, even if they don’t have a widely-recognized medical condition.

It may also present doctors with a new way to test for this non-celiac wheat sensitivity, which for now has no diagnostic measure and must be assessed clinically, according to a person’s symptoms.

Not everyone who feels discomfort after eating wheat has wheat sensitivity, and lead author Armin Alaedini of the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University Medical Center said he hoped that his findings would one day lead to a definitive test that could distinguish between wheat sensitivity and garden variety discomfort.

Democratic Party Officially Includes Marijuana Reform in its 2016 Platform

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The Democratic National Committee, which is led by embattled anti-pot proponent Debbie Wasserman Schultz, has officially made the decision to include marijuana reform in the party’s 2016 platform.

Over the weekend, the DNC announced the party was taking sides with the issue of taming the pot laws in the United States, a position that is said to include the elimination of the criminal penalties associated with the possession of marijuana, tearing down the barriers currently in place with respect the studying the plant’s therapeutic benefits, and allowing the scourge of prohibition to be severed at the neck in those states electing to make the cannabis industry a part of their economic profile.

In a statement, the party said: “We believe that the states should be laboratories of democracy on the issue of marijuana, and those states that want to decriminalize marijuana should be able to do so. We support policies that will allow more research to be done on marijuana, as well as reforming our laws to allow legal marijuana businesses to exist without uncertainty. And we recognize our current marijuana laws have had an unacceptable disparate impact, with arrest rates for marijuana possession among African-Americans far outstripping arrest rates among whites despite similar usage rates.”

Unpacking Packaged Foods: Understanding The New Nutrition Labels

Background

On May 20, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued new federal guidelines for nutrition labeling, announced by First Lady Michelle Obama at the Partnership for a Healthier America Summit. The new content requirements for the labels marked the first significant update since this nutrition information was required by law in 1990. The updated labels were enacted as part of the Federal government’s response to the rising rates of obesity and the associated chronic disease epidemic linked to poor nutrition. An estimated 68% of adults in the United States are overweight or obese, and rates have surged from 15% of American adults in 1990 to 34.9% today. Additionally, as many as 17% of American children and adolescents are obese.

The nutrition fact labels use a 2000 calorie daily diet to calculate the percent daily values for ingredients in the products. People should remember when reading the labels that the 2000 daily calorie count might not be right for them and may require adjustment depending on their height, weight, gender, age, physical activity level and other factors. Furthermore, it should be noted that the % Daily Values on the label does not add up vertically to 100%; rather the percentages refer to the daily recommended amount of a nutrient that is included in one serving of a food or beverage.

Why the new labels?

Nutrition plays an important role in overall health. Overweight and obesity have been linked to rising rates of chronic illnesses, including type 2 diabetes and heart disease. The new food and beverage product label requirements align with the recently updated Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2016, and represent a component of the Federal government’s strategy to reverse obesity rates in the United States within a generation by helping consumers make more informed, healthier food and beverage choices.

What’s different?

The labels are designed to help people make more informed choices about what foods and beverages they are consuming. While the general format of the new nutrition label is similar to the original format, a few important changes have been made, including:

Strain of the Week: Sour Diesel

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Adopt These Healthy Eating Habits From Around The World

The summer travel season is in full swing, offering the opportunity to experience new cultures and foods firsthand. Even within the United States, you’ll see significant differences in local food and culture, and traveling abroad can offer insight into some of the healthiest eating habits from around the world.

If you don’t have a trip planned, there’s no need to worry. Several registered dietitian nutritionists are sharing their favorite international healthy habits and some globally inspired recipes to help you put them into practice at home.

Focus on vegetables

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“One of the healthy habits we have here in Greece is eating vegetables as a main course. We cook seasonal vegetables in olive oil and tomato and herbs, and have a big plate accompanied by bread and feta cheese,” says Elena Paravantes at Olive Tomato. A recent study from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts shows Greeks boast the highest vegetable intake in the world, and Paravantes says that one meal may include three to four servings of vegetables.

To get a taste of that Mediterranean tradition, try Greek Style Green Beans-Fasolakia Lathera.

The 3-Day Juice Cleanse Plan Shopping List

START SLIDESHOW   Many popular detox diets swarming the internet promise to help you lose weight and boost energy levels. The truth is, many of these cleanses deprive your body of important nutrients that can leave you feeling starved, fatigued, dehydrated, dizzy, and nauseous – while still tacking on extra pounds! Use this shopping list…

Study Finds Drop In Prescription Drugs In Medical Marijuana States

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A new study found that states with legalized medical marijuana in 2013 saved $165.2 million in national Medicare program and enrollee spending.

 

States looking for a way to reduce Medicare spending and prescription drug use may want to turn to legalizing medical marijuana, a new study suggests.

The District of Columbia and the 17 states that had medical marijuana as an alternative to prescription drugs in 2013 saved an estimated total of $165.2 million in Medicare program and enrollee spending that year, researchers at the University of Georgia reported in the journal Health Affairs this month.

“The results suggest that if all states had implemented medical marijuana the overall savings to Medicare would have been around $468 million,” a press release on the findings stated.

 

How To Get Twice As Much Use Out Of Fresh Herbs

Most people cut the leaves off fresh herbs and toss the rest. This is a big mistake. Not only are you throwing out good food, but money too. The stems are often times just as flavorful as the leaves― if not more ―  plus they’re entirely edible, too.

You should be working fresh herb stems into your recipes. It’s easy enough to do, and will double the amount of mileage you can get out of a bunch of parsley. Or cilantro. Or thyme (as long as your stem is still fresh, and not woody). Here’s how you do it:

1. Add stems to broths. 

 

Herb stems are perfect for broth and stock. They release all their flavor, are tossed at the end, and no one is the wiser. Plus, stems freeze well, too. So if you have a bag of food scraps in the freezer waiting to be turned into stock, just toss these in with the rest. Thyme and rosemary stems are perfect, but parsley is a great addition, too.

2. Blend stems into pestos. Basil, parsley and cilantro are three herbs that lend themselves well to pesto. Use just the tender stems of these herbs and save the woodier ones for stocks. Keep in mind that parsley stems have a stronger flavor than the leaves, so this will be a potent spread.

3. Add stems to guacamole. We’re talking cilantro here. Chop them up and add them to your next batch of guac, just like you would the leaves. There’s no reason you shouldn’t have been doing this all along.

The Strongest Strains on Earth 2016

strongest-strains-on-earthAt the start of 2016, we examined the six HIGH TIMES Cannabis Cups from the previous year and the thousands of entries they tallied. The goal? To ascertain exactly which of the entries deserve to be called the strongest strains on planet Earth.In years past, we’ve built our “Strongest Strains on Earth” list simply in order of potency. We’ve reorganized the article to categorize these potent strains by their place of birth. (Readers enjoyed this format last year, so we’ll use it again.) These rankings represent only one data point: THC potency, as determined by lab testing. They do not include the judges’ scores or notations, or any other cannabinoids or terpenes (the latter can be read about in our new annual feature, “The Best-Tasting Buds on Earth”). However, this year we’ve included a short list of the strongest CBDstrains from 2015 to complement our THC charts.So if you’re looking for a strain with a knockout punch, one that will get you high when you’re feeling low—you’re in the right place!

8 Surprising Ice Cube Tray Hacks

One of the most underutilized items in your kitchen: the humble ice cube tray. You can use it to freeze much more than H20—from coffee to pesto to wine. Here, nine creative ideas that will help you prevent food waste while saving time and money.

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Wine ice cubes

We know, we know. What’s “leftover wine”? But in the unlikely event that you have a half-empty bottle sitting on your kitchen counter, freeze the remaining vino into wine ice cubes. Pop one out next time you’re making a recipe that calls for cooking wine or need to de-glaze a pan without having to open a fresh bottle. Another idea: Throw a couple cubes into a pitcher of sangria to chill the drink without watering it down.