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  • Is there any specific diet modifications required for people with Hashimoto disease?
    Hashimoto disease is common cause of hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid). It is an autoimmune disease, in which the body's defense system attacks the thyroid gland. Usually, the diet of people diagnosed with Hashimoto disease, has to followed closely in order to control weight fluctuations related to thyroid hormone changes. So a diet should be tailored accordingly. Moreover, special care should be taken when cholesterol lipoproteins increase in blood, and calcium intake needs to be monitored in some patients.
  • Is it true that the mixture of ginger and cinnamon is dangerous?
    Ginger and cinnamon are condiments that have proven beneficial effects on diabetes control( for cinnamon) and great antioxidant capacity( for both). Although the correct amount by which these beneficial effects become apparent is not yet well defined, these 2 types of condiments, if used in moderate amount in any diet cannot but be beneficial. Same positive effect when the 2 are mixed together. Noting that these 2 match well in taste and are used often together in many recipes. Finally, one must always remember that Moderation remains a principle that should be applied in one's diet to avoid any eventual side effect, if any.
  • Does "stevia" has any side effects?
    Stevia is a plant that is native to South America. It is probably best known as a source of natural sweeteners.Native people in South America have used stevia as a sweetener for hundreds of years. In foods, stevia is used as a non-caloric sweetener and flavor enhancer. Stevia is a plant that contains natural sweeteners that are used in foods. No side effects have been reported yet for stevia normal regular consumption. My advice would be to consume it in moderation: moderation remains a key to avoid possible side effect, if any. "Natural" doesn't necessarily means perfect!
  • Is there a diet that can help kids with autism?
    Some studies showed improvements in autistic children after following a gluten-casein free diet. But these results are controversial and need further research to confirm its efficiency. Meanwhile, it is important to note that such a diet lacks many essential nutrients. It is recommended that when parents decide to put their child on such a diet, to seek help of a dietitian.
  • I’ve heard that high-fibre foods aren’t suitable for young children. Why?
    Foods that contain a lot of fibre (like wholemeal bread and pasta, brown rice and bran-based breakfast cereals) can fill up small tummies, leaving little room for other foods. This means that your child gets full before they’ve taken in the calories they
  • I am a 17 year old I need to gain weight, I’ve been told to take fish oil; is it efficient?
    Fish oil is a good source of good fats called omega 3 fatty acids, but it is also very rich in vitamin A( extremely high), and vitamin D. To gain weight taking supplements such as fish oil is not the solution ecause you will not be increasing your caloric