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  • The six worst myths you’ve ever heard about weight loss

    (WXYZ) – We invited our social media followers to ask Dr. Nandi about weight loss tips they’ve heard about.

    Steve Graves-Wesolosky from Leonard, Michigan said “stop eating McDonald’s every day.”

    There are so many myths and misconceptions around what to eat when it comes to losing weight. I’m sure you’ve heard many of them like avoid all carbs, cut out fat, be hungry most of the day, or eat gluten-free foods only.

    Another false weight loss tip I’ve heard is “food that tastes good is therefore bad for you.” But this one is a bit tricky and brings me to Steve’s comment.

    Yes, I’m totally in agreement that eating fast food every day is very bad.  Unless of course you’re eating mostly salads.  But I don’t hear too many people bragging about yummy salads at their favorite fast food place.

    Now fast food consumption has certainly increased over the past three decades and the foods served are often heavy on fat, sugar and sodium.  Eating out too often can lead to weight gain as well as medical problems and chronic diseases.

    So I would definitely not make fast food a habit. Yes, fast food tastes good and this is an example of certain foods not being good for you. But if you think healthy foods are not very tasty, then your taste buds are likely messed up due to eating too many foods with added sugars and artificial sweeteners.

    Or you might just need to experiment more with recipes and learn new ways to bring out food’s natural flavors.

    Kathy Haig Grymonprez from Essex, Ontario commented that “Weight loss is found in the kitchen. Try to follow the 80/20 rule.”

    Kathy is spot on as I totally believe in the 80/20 rule. As many of you know, the 80-20 rule means 80 percent of the time make the right choices for your body’s nutritional needs, choosing real whole foods. The 20 percent is for those special treats.

    I am not at all about deprivation or starvation. In fact, as you very well know, I dislike the word diet. What I’d like you to do is eat a diverse range of foods that nurture your body, eat till you’re two-thirds full and aim for a healthy weight that’s right for you.

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    The six worst myths you've ever heard about weight loss
    There are so many myths and misconceptions around what to eat when it comes to losing weight. I’m sure you’ve heard many of them like avoid all carbs, cut out fat, be hungry most of the day, or eat gluten-free foods only.
    Posted by Partha Nandi, MD on Friday, March 16, 2018

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  • Health Benefits of Broccoli

    Broccoli has been a part of the European and Mediterranean diet since the 6th Century BC. It didn’t make a significant appearance in the Americas until the early 20th century. Today, the largest cultivator of broccoli in the world is now China, followed by India. Broccoli has become a very common food all over the world, particularly in Europe, America, and Australia. 


    Broccoli has antioxidants know to be able to help the body in a variety of ways. Broccoli is a wonderful source of vitamin C which is a great way to boost the body’s immune system. Also found in broccoli are flavonoids which can help to recycle the vitamin C in an efficient manner. This green superfood is enriched with carotenoids, lutein, beta-carotene and zeaxanthin.


    Broccoli contains sulforaphane which has great anti-inflammatory properties. Research is suggesting that it may be able to prevent or even reverse some of the damage to blood vessel linings that can be caused by inflammation due to chronic blood sugar problems. Broccoli contains fibers, fatty acids and vitamins that help regulate blood pressure in the body. This also helps in reducing bad cholesterol, hence leading to a healthy heart. Broccoli helps to protect blood vessels from damage as well.

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    Broccoli is high in fiber, therefore, it can help to rid the body of toxins through the digestive tract. Plus, contains many antioxidants that are known to help the body with its detox process. What this means is the antioxidants have the ability to aid the body in getting rid of unwanted contaminants. Broccoli also contains isothiocyanates, which help in the detox process at the genetic level.


    Research has shown that vitamin K is an essential nutrient needed for blood clotting but many believe it may also play an important role in keeping our bones healthy and strong. Promising results from studies in the U.K. have suggested that the vitamin K found in broccoli can improve overall bone health as well as increase bone mineral density and reduce fracture rates in those suffering from osteoporosis.


    Broccoli is a rich in beta-carotene which the body converts to vitamin A. Studies have shown that night blindness is associated with a deficiency of vitamin A. Plus recent studies have found that the carotenoids called lutein and zeaxanthin have been linked to a decrease in age-related eye disorders like cataracts and macular degeneration.

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  • 5 Health Benefits of Eggplant

    Eggplant or aubergine is a species of the nightshade and grown for its fruit. They are related to the tomato and the potato and was originally domesticated from the wild nightshade species, the thorn or bitter apple.

    Medical Benefits of Eggplant


    Eggplants contain fiber, potassium, vitamin C and B6. These are all known to help lower the risk of mortality from heart disease. Studies have shown that eating these lead to lower rates of heart disease even in smaller quantities. A recent study showed that people who eat vegetables such as eggplant containing these nutrients have a 34% lower risk of contracting heart disease than those who do not.  Eggplant also contains vitamin K which is necessary for blood clotting and helps prevent calcification of the arteries which prevents dangerous plaque deposits which may cause blockages.


    Eggplants contain a red-blue flavonoid plant pigment called anthocyanin which has been found to help with dropping blood pressure significantly. Lower blood pressure is known to lower the risk of stroke, heart attacks and blood clots. Eggplant also contains vitamin E which is good for treating and preventing chest pain, blocked or hardened arteries and high blood pressure.

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    Research has shown that eggplants contain polyphenols which are known for their anti-cancer properties. Eggplants have anthocyanins and chlorogenic acid which are antioxidants. They fight inflammation and oxidative stress related damage found in the body.  Studies have found that they can prevent tumor grown and help the stop the invasion and spreading of cancer cells. Eggplant contains vitamin A which may be beneficial in the treatment of cancers such as lung, breast, bladder, oral and skin cancer.


    Eggplants have been studied for their ability in helping those who have iron deficiencies. Eggplant has many essential minerals including iron and copper. These minerals assist in improving the health of red blood cells within the bloodstream. Studies have shown that consuming eggplant if you are anemic can help boost energy, strength and eradicate feelings of exhaustion and worry.


    Eggplants contain a lot of fiber and are low in soluble carbohydrates.  Nutritionists suggest adding eggplant to your diet if you have type 2 diabetes. One recent study found that a more eggplant based diet can help manage or prevent type 2 diabetes. More research is needed to back up these figures. Eggplants contain high amounts of alpha-glucosidase and angiotensin compounds that can control glucose absorption. Plus, eggplants have phenols which help insulin break down carbohydrates slowly which aids in controlling blood sugar levels.

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