Frequently Asked Questions

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Do artificial sweeteners have a place in weight-loss programs?

Yes. The perfect place for artificial sweeteners is in the garbage. (ba da bing!) Unfortunately sweet tastes, whether experienced by sugar or by artificial sweeteners, increase our appetite.
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Are sprouts healthy? How do you grow sprouts?

Yes, sprouts can be very healthy to eat.  In fact, a Russian scientist group recently published a database of the antioxidant content in over 1000 foods, including sprouted seeds grains, and legumes. Dr. Michael Greger's video (below) shows us how the nutrient content changed dramatically after these foods were sprouted. One grain in particular...
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Should I be concerned if my HDL good cholesterol level drops?

HDL, or the "good" cholesterol is considered to be beneficial, since HDL helps removes the "bad" LDL cholesterol. Eating healthfully results in a reduction of the "bad" LDL cholesterol, but many times patients also see a reduction in their "good" HDL cholesterol, which can be concerning. Studies show that using drugs to raise HDL...
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Can a Starch-Smart® diet reduce the risk for getting cataracts?

Cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss, so it's no surprise that cataract surgery is one of the most common surgeries performed today. There are several factors associated with the development of cataracts, including what type of diet we eat. Dr. Michael Greger's video clip points to a study that concluded, "Vegetarians and...
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Can a Starch-Smart® diet improve male fertility?

Many couples who have been infertile have been able to conceive a baby after switching to a whole-food, nutrient-dense, plant-based diet. In a recent Harvard Study, increasing the intake of saturated fat by just 5 percent was observed with a 38 percent lower sperm count. Infertility rates are also higher in couples that eat...
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Can a Starch-Smart® Diet help those with multiple sclerosis?

Through the dedicated efforts of Dr. Roy Swank, many patients with multiple sclerosis have stopped the progression of their disease. Dr. Swank's approach involved using a low-fat diet. His research led him to the discovery that saturated animal fat was directly responsible for the frequency and severity of multiple sclerosis attacks. Dr. Swank's patients...
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Can many childhood illnesses be avoided when consuming a Starch-Smart® diet?

Scientific research indicates that our bodies have an incredibly strong immune system which is capable of preventing, defending, and repairing itself against disease causing microbes.  This can only happen when our bodies are given the proper fuel.  Yet today, American children consume less than 2% of of their diet from whole, natural, plant foods,...
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What are the health consequences for children who consume the Standard American Diet (SAD)?

It's been predicted that today's children will be the first generation whose life expectancy is shorter than that of their parents . This can be largely attributed to the diet we feed our children . Busy schedules and inaccurate nutritional information influence our meal selections. This has ushered us into an era of fast...
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What benefits can I see from walking regularly?

Dr. John McDougall lists a few of the benefits associated with walking regularly in his article: " Achieve 100% Health with Exercise " "Although dietary changes will take you a long way to being completely healthy, you will need some exercise to improve your fitness and well being. Exercise, as simple as a daily...
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What about back pain and exercise?

If you suffer from back pain, it's always best to consult your personal physician before starting an exercise routine. Dr. John McDougall offers some advice concerning back pain and exercise in his April/May 1999 McDougall Newsletter . Click on the link to view the entire article. "Regular exercise may be the most potent weapon...
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Is there hope for Multiple Sclerosis patients to improve?

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a dreaded disease that reduces life expectancy and quality of life. Conventional medical wisdom is that there is no cure. The available medications can have adverse effects and not be well tolerated. Many people seek alternative treatments out of a sense of desperation. MS is a neurological disorder caused by...
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What is Calorie Density and Why is it Important?

" Calorie density " is a term that describes a common sense dietary approach that not only ensures excellent nutrition, but also promotes lifelong weight management . When using this approach, we can increase the amount of food on our plates while the caloric content decreases. This optimizes the nutritional value of our meals,...
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