Archive for the ‘Harmful Foods’ Category

Is Raw Kombucha Tea Good For You?

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Kombucha Tea is a beverage with a lot of hype floating around it, and raw foodists are taking the bait.

Because kombucha brewed at home doesn’t have to be pasteurized, raw foodists applying the standby, “if it’s raw it must be healthy,” solution have sometimes seen is as something great.

But what does the science actually tell us about this food? Is there merit behind the health claims? Any dangers? In this article I examine Kombucha in depth.

Reader Questions:

I’ve also answered questions from a few readers:

Kathy wanted to know how to prevent weight loss on a raw food diet and learn to eat enough food. I give her my best advice.

Tammy wants to know if I suggest new raw foodists should eat only bananas for 30 days. I explain my stance here.

Should David be worried about oxalic acid? I tell him.


The Foods That Cause Constipation

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Constipated? Feel like you never completely get everything out, or that it takes too long?

Suffering with colitis, I was constipated from my late childhood onward, and it was only after I started paying attention to what I was eating that I found my solution.

There are a number of foods that directly lead to constipation, and in this article I tell you what they are and how to avoid them.

I also recently answered Yasmin’s question about the edibility of raw potatoes and beans.


The Dreaded Nightshades: Are Tomatoes Toxic?

Sunday, July 10th, 2011

I periodically get questions about the family of vegetables called nightshades, which includes such delicious members as the tomato, tomatillo, tamarillo, and many other favorites.

But nightshades have been connected to inflamation, arthritis, and other problems. Some members of the family will kill you if you eat them, and their nickname, deadly nightshade, is well-earned.

So should we avoid them?

Here’s my answer.