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Health Talk Recommends: What’s so bad about gluten?

If you’ve visited a grocery store or restaurant lately you’ve undoubtedly seen an increase in the amount of gluten-free food options available to you. The gluten-free food industry is exploding now, too, and according to a recent article in The New Yorker, by 2016 the gluten-free product industry will exceed $15 billion.

The article explains that gluten is one of the most commonly and heavily consumed proteins on earth, and has been for thousands of years. Gluten is created when two molecules, glutenin and gliadin, come into contact and form a bond. For the one percent of the American population with celiac disease, even the slightest exposure to gluten can trigger a violent immune system reaction that can damage the small intestine.

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Make a plan, but consider balance when it comes to Halloween candy

One of the biggest candy days of the year is upon us, and parents and kids alike are trying to strike an accord on how much candy will be consumed in the coming days.

How much, really, is too much? And is there a magic formula families should follow to ensure the Halloween stash doesn’t lead to bigger problems later on?

According to pediatric dietician Laura Gearman, M.S., R.D., L.D., with the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, it’s a good idea to make a plan ahead of time and discuss it as a family but there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to Halloween candy consumption.

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U of M expert: Maximize your health through diet and exercise

Regular exercise is extremely important for people of all ages in order to stay healthy, whether it’s running a marathon or simply setting aside time to power walk a few times per week. But knowing when to eat, what to eat and what exercises are safe at a given age can have a major impact on how someone gains muscle or loses excess fat.

In order to fully understand some variables that impact the effectiveness of a diet and exercise routine, Health Talk consulted David Jewison, M.D. in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.

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Men’s health: Diet and quality food key to lifelong health and wellness

Promising a slimmer waist or quick weight loss results, new diet fads or trends often offer the easy way out rather than focusing on lifelong health and wellness. Earlier this year Health Talk featured the top diet trends for 2014 with some words of advice from School of Public Health professor David Jacobs, Ph.D.

Jacobs advised to maintain a diet with minimally processed foods along with a more plant-centered diet along with smaller portion sizes.

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Expert Perspectives: Why Recent Diet Trends Should be Going Out of Style

Food and diet myths start when we are young: Swallowed watermelon seeds will grow the fruit in your stomach, if you eat too much of one food, your skin will change colors, and gum sticks around in your belly for up to seven years.

But it’s not just kids who get hung up on diet myths. Even adults are drawn in by seemingly healthy diets without understanding what they actually do to the body and overall health.

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The public and science go ‘nuts’ over the Mediterranean diet

Last month, Health Talk highlighted the best and worst diets for 2014 as determined by U.S. News & World Report. Once again, the Mediterranean diet was among the top overall diets, coming in tied at #3. Now, a new study by the Harvard School of Public Health has added some additional fuel to the Mediterranean diet fire.

The study tracked 780 male Midwestern firefighters over the age of 18 and concluded that firefighters who closely followed the Mediterranean diet had fewer risk factors for heart disease than those who did not eat this diet.

The good news for the public is you don’t have to be a firefighter to reap the benefits of the Mediterranean diet.

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