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Can a Starch-Smart® diet help reduce the risk of prostate cancer?

Studies show that dietary factors play a major role in prostate cancer progression and mortality. Prostate cancer is a hormone sensitive cancer and is strongly associated with diets rich in dairy products, meats, and refined vegetable oils. Men who consume a high-fat, low-fiber, animal-based diet have higher testosterone levels and higher rates of cancer than...

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Can a Starch-Smart® diet meet the nutritional needs of an athlete or improve their performance?

According to the American Dietetic Association, "Vegetarian diets are nutritionally adequate for all stages of life and for athletes." Evidence demonstrates that diets such as a Starch-Smart® diet, provides many health benefits for athletes. It also may lessen exercise-induced oxidative stress, and shorten recovery time. When vegan athletes focus on eating micronutrient rich foods, they...

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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 vegans...

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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 in...

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What should my cholesterol numbers be?

Unfortunately, most physicians today still consider a "normal cholesterol" level to be under 200. The average American's cholesterol is 210-220. However, these levels predict a 50% chance of dying prematurely from strokes or heart attacks due to atherosclerosis and diseased arteries. Heart disease is very rare in patients who have cholesterol levels below 150 and LDL...

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What are the benefits and risks of taking statins to lower high cholesterol?

Although statins can benefit those high risk patients with significant history of coronary disease; for the majority of patients, a Starch Smart diet proves to be just as effective at lowering cholesterol. High risk patients that would benefit from statin lowering medications are those that have had a previous heart attack, stroke, or an angioplasty...

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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 an...

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Can I get off of cholesterol medication even though high cholesterol runs in my family?

Although some individuals may have a genetic weakness for high cholesterol and it runs in their family, a Starch-Smart® diet has been shown to be effective in lowering cholesterol to safe and desirable levels. Dietary and lifestyle choices play a remarkable role in influencing the expression of these genes. Genetic weaknesses may be present, but...

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Can a Starch-Smart® diet help lower high cholesterol?

Elevated cholesterol, which is one of the risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease, kills over one million people every year. That's the bad news, the good news is that a Starch-Smart® diet can lower high cholesterol just as well or perhaps better than using statin medications. Dropping cholesterol levels can be seen in as little as...

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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, and...

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Is a Starch-Smart® diet safe for children to follow?

A Starch-Smart® diet is an excellent diet for children of all ages and can be started as soon as they are introduced to solid foods. Consuming a Starch-Smart diet not only provides superior nutrition, it also greatly impacts their future health. A well planned, plant-centered diet consisting of whole, unprocessed foods such as beans, intact...

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Is it true that eating carbohydrates will make me gain weight?

Whole plant foods, which are rich in both complex and simple carbohydrates, do not promote weight gain and are an essential component of a Starch-Smart® diet. Whole plant foods are low in calories and nutrient-rich. The weight and volume satisfies our appetites, prevents cravings, & sustains human life. Carbohydrates (starches such as rice, corn, potatoes,...

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