Fiber Diet is the Best Tool To Fight Fat

Fiber can be defined as that part of food which is not easily digestible but which mainly helps in making easy and smooth bowel movement. Fiber is present only in plant foods and is not found in animal foods such as meats and dairy foods. There are two types of fibers which are soluble fiber and insoluble fiber. That which dissolves in water is called soluble fiber and the one that does not dissolve is called insoluble fiber.

Soluble fiber is available in vegetables and fruits. This type of fiber slows down the emptying of the stomach and causes a feeling of fullness which makes us stop eating. It also causes slow absorption of food resulting in less production of insulin preventing weight | fat gain.

Insoluble fiber is found in whole grains. This type of fiber mainly acts as nature's laxative and helps in easy excretion of waste products out of the body.

High fiber diet is low fat diet and requires lots of water intake. This satisfies the appetite centers of the brain and induces a sense of fullness making you stop eating. Fiber diet stops the absorption of fat and make the metabolism use more energy for digestion. Fiber acts like a web trapping fat particles and excreting them without allowing fat to be absorbed by the body.

Fiber is also helpful in decreasing the risk of bladder cancer, breast and uterine cancer and colon cancer.

Popcorn is found to be the best of cereal foods full of protein and very high in fiber. It is a non-fattening food and if taken regularly improves bowel movement to keep you healthy and fit.

This Is What Happens When I Feed RAW Food To My Dogs

I have two Alaskan Malamutes and I have them on a B.a.r.f. diet.
(Biologically Appropriate Raw Foods)
I have seen a healthy gain in weight, teeth are clean and free of tar, shiny fur coat, and no digestive problems.

In the video they are eating a whole 3 pound rabbit.

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Dr. Nina: Enjoy the holiday baked goods, but never eat the dough | Columns

It’s that special time of year when we enjoy making and eating delicious homemade cookies, cakes and breads. And while “just a taste” of a yummy recipe batter may be tempting, think twice. It is important to steer clear of ingesting any bit of unbaked dough or batter that needs to be cooked, as it can make you dangerously ill.

While many are aware of the concerns of raw eggs and salmonella in unbaked batters, recent reports have revealed that even a taste puts you at risk of getting infected with Escherichia coli, because bacteria can thrive in raw, unbaked flour. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified a spike in the number of reported cases of E. coli infection in the past couple years and the investigation led to flour. And, yes, even a small amount can make you very sick.

While children are generally at greater risk of getting food poisoning than adults, no one, at any age, should ever take a lick from a whisk or a taste from the batter. Whether it’s pre-packaged or homemade, the heat from baking is required to kill germs that might be in the raw ingredients. The finished, baked product is far safer — and tastes great. By following safe food-handling practices when you are baking and cooking with flour, eggs and other raw ingredients, everyone can look forward to safely enjoying delicious, homemade holiday treats.

Dr. Nina’s What You Need to Know: About Raw Batters and Dough

Why you should never taste it: When most people think about health risks and cookie dough, they think about raw eggs. Eggs can be contaminated with salmonella, another type of bacteria, and food-safety recommendations encourage people to cook eggs until the white and yolk are firm to kill any bacteria. Because of this concern, many people bake using eggs that have been pasteurized to kill any harmful bacteria without actually cooking the egg itself.

Now there is another risk to consider in relation to raw dough: the flour itself. Just a week ago, a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine reported on the detective work that led to the recall of more than 10 million pounds of flour in summer 2016. It confirmed a type of E. coli bacteria previously lurking in wet environments such as hamburger meat and leafy vegetables also was thriving in the dry host of flour. Food-borne illness experts underscored, “It’s a new view of flour — that this dry, powdery substance, stored on a shelf for months, could have a live microorganism that didn’t spoil the flour but still could make you sick.”

Flour, typically a raw agricultural grain product directly from the field, generally has not been treated to kill germs or bacteria like E. coli. And germs can contaminate grain while it’s still in the field or at other steps as flour is produced

The FDA’s Office of Food Safety experts explain it this way: “If an animal heeds the call of nature in the field, bacteria from the animal waste could contaminate the grain, which could then be harvested and milled into flour.” And common “kill steps” applied during our food processing (so-called because they kill bacteria that cause infections) include boiling, baking, roasting, microwaving, and frying. But with raw dough, no kill step has been used. So for your final baked product, the high, sustained cooking heat will kill pathogens.

In addition to refraining from ever tasting uncooked flour dishes, it’s important to wash your hands in hot, soapy water after handling dough or flour, such as after dusting a rolling pin, counter top or dredging fish fillets. As for your final baked product: high, sustained cooking heat will kill pathogens.

Expanding the caution: The recent study result expands the array of raw goods to be concerned about — to even include homemade playdough. In tandem with health professionals, the CDC has posted warnings: Do not taste or eat any raw dough or batter, whether for cookies, tortillas, pizza, biscuits, pancakes or crafts made with raw flour, such as homemade play dough or holiday ornaments.

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) who helped develop warnings on eating raw flour products, warn children were among the most vulnerable noting, “As an adult you have the information to determine whether to take that risk, but when you give a child a ball of raw dough (or a taste of that batter), you’re putting risk values on that child.”

And parents and caretakers of young children should be particularly aware not only at home — but with other environments too. For instance, if your child is in day care or kindergarten, a common pastime may be art using “play” clay that is homemade from raw dough. Even if they’re not munching on the dough, they may be putting their hands in their mouth after handling the dough. Childcare facilities and preschools should discourage the practice of playing with raw dough or making homemade uncooked, play dough.

And so what about that cookie-dough ice cream? Good news, the commercial treats like cookie-dough ice cream is not only pasteurized but also heat-treated.

Possible effects of eating raw dough: Raw food products can harbor bacteria that can cause you to become ill, including fever, stomach pain, fatigue and chills. And we see symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal cramping because our body goes into full attack mode to get rid of the bacteria. In doing so, we lose fluids and also may not be able to ingest them, which can result in dehydration. Severe cases of dehydration can lead to acute kidney failure.

Generally, foodborne bacteria will cause symptoms within 1 to 3 days of eating the contaminated food — but sickness has been known to also occur within a half hour or up to 6 weeks later.

If you have any symptoms, see a medical doctor, immediately.

• Do not taste or eat any raw dough or batter, whether for cookies, tortillas, pizza, biscuits, pancakes or crafts made with raw flour, such as homemade play dough or holiday ornaments

• Do not let children play with or eat raw dough, including dough for crafts

• Bake or cook raw dough and batter, such as cookie dough and cake mix, before eating

• Follow the recipe or package directions for cooking or baking at the proper temperature and for the specified time

• Do not make milkshakes with products that contain raw flour, such as cake mix

• Do not use raw, homemade cookie dough in ice cream (again, the cookie dough ice cream sold in stores contains dough that has been treated to kill harmful bacteria)

• Keep raw foods such as flour or eggs separate from ready-to eat-foods. Because flour is a powder, it can spread easily

• Follow label directions to refrigerate products containing raw dough or eggs until they are cooked

• Clean up thoroughly after handling flour, eggs, or raw dough

• Wash your hands with warm running water and soap after handling flour, raw eggs, or any surfaces that they have touched

• During clean-up ensure that all the bowls, utensils, countertops, and other surfaces are washed thoroughly with warm, soapy water

• Consider using paper towels to clean up kitchen surfaces. If you use cloth towels, launder them often in the hot cycle

• If you have any recalled flour products in your home, throw them away.

The recent investigative reports serve as a very important reminder to each of us as the FDA turns up the volume in warning to be vigilant at all times of the year — but an added reminder during these holidays as our kitchens heat-up

Like many of you, I love the tantalizing foods of the holidays — from gingerbread houses to sugar cookies to red velvet cake to bread pudding, the list goes on. I cherish the time spent together baking with my family and friends along with the delightful tastes that make for wonderful memories. But let’s be sure to take these steps to reduce the risk of experiencing harmful effects related to the batter handling.

Dr. Nina Radcliff, of Galloway Township, is a physician anesthesiologist, television medical contributor and textbook author. Email questions for Dr. Nina to [email protected] with “Dr. Nina” in the subject line. This article is for general information only and should not be used for the diagnosis or treatment of medical conditions and cannot substitute for the advice from your medical professional.


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Inspectors ding restaurants for storing food improperly

Restaurants in Manatee County were dinged by food inspectors for storing raw food on top of cooked food, holding food at the wrong temperatures and appearing to falsify employee training documents in the latest inspections report.

  • At Kostas Family Restaurant, 1631 Eighth Ave. W., Palmetto, inspectors discovered encrusted material on a can opener’s blade and cited the restaurant for not including a consumer advisory for undercooked foods on the menu. Some employees at the restaurant lacked proof of state-approved employee training and there was not a certified food service manager on duty.
  • Inspectors at Sombreros, 1330 U.S. 301, Palmetto, discovered refried beans, shredded cheese and cooked chicken held above the suggested 41 degrees in a walk-in cooler. There were also issues with cooked food being held below the suggested 135 degrees and the menu did not state with menu items contain raw or undercooked food.
  • Clubhouse Sandwich Café, 323 10th Ave. W., Palmetto, was cited for not having sanitizer available for warewashing. The restaurant was ordered to use single-use items to serve food until the sanitizer was replaced. A stop sale was issued on sour cream, raw chicken and house-made ranch and blue cheese dressings after food inspectors discovered that they weren’t being kept below 41 degrees in a reach-in cooler. There also wasn’t a certified food manager on duty during the visit.
  • Raw animal food was stored over cooked food at Island Ocean Star, 902 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. Inspectors also say cooked and uncooked foods were being stored at too-high temperatures and the wiping cloth sanitizer solution exceeded the maximum concentration allowed.
  • At Ugly Grouper, 5704 Marina Dr., Holmes Beach, inspectors discovered food that was cold held at a temperature higher than 41 degrees. Inspectors say that the restaurant also stored raw food over cooked food in its walk-in cooler. There was also a trash can blocking employee access to the hand-washing sink, which contained soiled dishes. Inspectors also say employee training documents seemed to be falsified.

Best Way to Do a Raw Food Diet!

Let’s talk about the best way to do a raw food diet to finish the week. There is so much confusion on a plant based diet that it can be hard to figure out what is what. I’ve been following a raw vegan lifestyle for 5 1/2 years and have figured out the best way to make it work for me.
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History of Diet Pills in the United States

Dieting and diet pills are not just a new fad. As a matter of fact, doctors have been making diet pills for nearly 100 years in the United States. Here is a brief history of diet pills in the United States.

The first diet pills were created by Stanford University physicians. They contained a chemical called dinitrophenol, abbreviated DNP. This chemical involved some of the very basics of chemical and physical reactions. As you know, everything is made of moving particles. This does include food. The particles moving mean that everything is energy. DNP effects how food energy is broken down in your body. Normally, food energy is digested in your body and some of it turns into fat. However, when taking DNP food does not turn into fat but actually turns into heat and leaves your body. DNP was first sold as a dietary supplement in the 1930’s.

While amphetamines had been around for several decades prior, they were first introduced to the US diet pill market in the 1950’s. Amphetamines produce increased wakefulness and focus in association with decreased fatigue and appetite. This seems like a perfect pill for dieters, except that it can be dangerous. The popular diet pill Phentermine is considered an amphetamine. Also in this class of drugs is speed and crystal meth.

Another group of diet pills that came on the market contain ephedra. Ephedra is a natural ingredient. These pills made their debut in the US most significantly in the 1990’s. Ephedra affects people similarly as amphetamines, but not quite as strong.

So as you can see, diet pills have long been a part of American culture. It is important for overweight people to lose weight to become healthy. However, does it not seem counter-productive to that goal to take a diet pill that could be harmful to your health?

Diet pills such as Phentermine can work very well from some people and really help jump start their diets. There are a few things that should be mentioned though. It is a myth to think that just because the doctor prescribed it or the FDA approved it then it is good for. It is so important to know your body and take control of your health. On the other hand, while many of these forms of diet pills have been taken off the market because of serious side effects, that does not mean they will affect everyone that way.

Raw Food Diet Requires TROPICAL Fruit for Me

Some good mangoes reminded me that a raw food diet requires tropical fruit for me to thrive and not just survive. We’ve all got to do the best we can on a plant based diet depending on our circumstances. But after following a raw vegan lifestyle for so long in the tropics I can definitely tell you that is where I need to be.
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All Pet Foods are Not Created Equal and That Includes Raw

All Pet Foods are Not Created Equal and That Includes Raw
A raw food diet is keeping 22 y.o. Panda in outstandingly good health.

As neither a vet, nor a nutritionist, I will not give advice or recommend diet for your pet here. However, I have gotten to know many pets very well in recent years as a sitter and their differing diets and fitness have certainly raised my curiosity about the role of nutrition in pet health. Here are my observations and a few resources if you have the same curiosity.

Recently I had the pleasure of spending a few days with Panda, pictured above, whom I nicknamed Mr. Jingles after the supernaturally long-lived mouse in The Green Mile.

Panda is 22 years old.

I promise if you met him and I told you he were 8 or 9, you wouldn’t doubt me for a second. His luxuriant coat is thick and sleek. He is agile, well-muscled, purrs like a motorboat and has clear, beautiful eyes. He is so bad-ass that he can stop a howling pack of beagles in their tracks with a single low rumble and a “Feelin’ lucky, punks?” look in his eye. He’s a specimen that commands respect.

madeleine-3As for that pack of rescue beagles…they range in age from 10 to 16, and are likewise thriving although the eldest is no longer able to run with the rest of them. This is particularly impressive given that they came from rough backgrounds. One’s misshapen jaw stands as testament to the horrendous conditions endured by breeder dogs in the puppy mills which supply pet retailers with their bouncy inventory.

How can these seniors all be thriving?

For this family, a combination of diet and holistic veterinary care has been the answer. In terms of diet, their owner is a staunch advocate of a species-appropriate raw diet, a trend that is growing among pet guardians eager to provide optimal nutrition for their charges. (Raw Bistro is this owner’s food of choice.)

This gorgeous boy has numerous food allergies that have taken a raw diet and acupuncture to get under control.

This gorgeous boy has numerous food allergies that have taken a raw diet and acupuncture to get under control.

Raw diets are not without their challenges, however. Cost can be prohibitive for some and DIYers can get their pets into serious trouble if they don’t know what they are doing. And homemade raw diets do require a tolerance for various animal parts appearing in one’s fridge. My current guest has been scarfing up chicken feet and tendons while carefully leaving sardine heads on my dining room floor this week. I’ve also handed out my share of raw turkey and duck necks.

For those who opt to buy their raw diets pre-packaged, there is still much to learn. If you have scanned pet food aisles (and freezers), particularly at boutique pet stores, the ever-expanding choices (and price tags) can be daunting.

What qualifies as raw anyway? Is raw kibble the same as freeze-dried, the same as frozen raw patties?

I was inspired to dig a little deeper into this question when one of my canine friends had a terrible experience with raw kibble. Terrible like her abdomen writhed as though aliens were about to pop out at any time. Terrible like you could barely sit in the same room for the emissions. It. was. BAD.

Turns out no, these various forms of raw food aren’t providing comparable nutrition. The processing required to turn raw ingredients into raw kibble and freeze-dried patties can significantly alter the quality.

And yet, the label still says raw and isn’t raw kibble better than conventional kibble? I honestly don’t know.  On the surface, it seems like it must be so. When faced with the decision, more and more folks are choosing the apparent upgrade. Heck, that’s what I would have done.

As a result, far too many well-intended pet guardians are trying really hard, spending lots of money in an effort to do the right thing for their pets, only to end up feeling discouraged and disillusioned when the results are poor. I know without question the guardian of the little gal on raw kibble has practically moved heaven and earth to bring this once unable-to-stand former puppy mill mom to a level of health that had her walking a full hour with me just last week. She’s a little miracle, due in no small part to her guardians advocacy but that food was a disaster for her.

So, yes, you DO have choices to make, whether you choose raw or a conventional food option.

Choice #1: Will you take a little time to dig a little deeper?

Not everyone is surrounded by dogs and pet professionals like I am now and when I look back at my early pets…Oh, to do it over again! So I’m with you guys…everyone is doing the best they can with the knowledge and resources they have at any given time. We all start where we’re at.

Your pet food choice may be heavily determined by your wallet, but even so, getting the biggest nutritional bang for your pet food dollar is a wise investment. Better nutrition can lead to fewer vet costs, after all. And besides, you want your companion to be able to do things with you for a long time and supporting their health is a way to do that.

We don’t all have time to research all the ins and outs of the pet food industry , and you may not ever get around to watching Pet Fooled, but if you are pressed for time and at least want to look up the food you are currently feeding your dog, check out Dog Food Advisor and see what they have to say. You can also sign up for recall alerts while you are there.

Cat owners will learn a lot by visiting this article at Their team researched 1,759 cat food formulas, spent months analyzing the cat food industry, and surveyed 97 veterinary professionals, as well as hundreds of devoted cat owners. Despite felines’ complicated dietary needs, they were only able to identify 9 formulas that contained high-quality, risk-free ingredients.

For both dog and cat owners, if you want a general overview of your pet food options from best to worst, here is a great overview article by Dr. Karen Becker.

The key is to do the best you can with what you have. A little research now will help set your pet on the path to optimal health for years to come.

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The Danger Lurking in Raw Pet Foods

Cats eating raw pet foods can shed bacteria responsible for antimicrobial resistance, posing a public health risk.

Antimicrobial resistance is a global problem in human and veterinary medicine. Extended-spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL)– and AmpC beta-lactamase (AmpC)–producing bacteria contribute to this resistance and transmit their resistance-conferring genes through plasmids. ESBL/AmpC-producing Enterobacteriaceae (ESBL-pE) has been identified in several sources, including food animals, which poses a major concern for human health. The Enterobacteriaceae family contains Escherichia coli.

ESBL-pE has also been isolated from companion animals. Previous studies have reported similarities in ESBL-pE strains between humans and companion animals. Such findings raise the question of whether direct contact with animals or their feces increases the risk for antimicrobial resistance transmission.

Raw pet food (RPF) consumption has been considered a potential risk factor for ESBL/AmpC shedding in companion animals. In addition, previous studies have reported ESBL-pE within RPF products. To date, however, no studies have investigated an association between RPF consumption and ESBL/AmpC shedding. The current study, recently published in PLoS ONE, reported this association, demonstrating that RPFs are “an important risk for ESBL/AmpC shedding in household cats,” the study investigators wrote.


Thirty-six unrelated pet cats were divided into 2 experimental groups according to commercial diet type: non-RPF (control group, n = 17) and RPF (exposed group, n = 19). The investigators selected 35 non-RPF and 18 RPF diets for the study.

The cats’ owners fed the assigned diet type, completed a questionnaire, and submitted a once-weekly fecal sample for 3 consecutive weeks. In total, 108 fecal samples were collected (51, control; 57, exposed).

Fecal samples were first cultured on agar plates with cefotaxime. Bacterial colonies then underwent further genetic analyses to identify and characterize the bacterial species and genes. The 53 commercial pet foods underwent similar culture and genetic analyses.

Fecal Sample Analysis
Approximately 65% of fecal samples were culture-positive in the exposed group, compared with only 6% in the control group. Fecal bacteria concentrations were higher in the exposed group.

Investigators identified 135 E coli isolates, 114 of which had ESBL/AmpC-encoding genes. Eighty-one isolates contained the blaCTX-M genes; previous studies have noted that CTX-M beta-lactamases, which are among the most frequently isolated ESBLs, have played an important role in the evolution of antimicrobial resistance. The specific blaCTX-M genes identified in the current study were similar to those found in food animals, which was expected given that poultry and beef are common protein sources in pet food.

Statistical analysis indicated a strong association between RPF consumption and ESBL-pE fecal shedding, making “RPF a probable source of ESBL/AmpC shedding in companion animals,” the investigators wrote. Factors such as other in-contact animals and predation habits were not significantly associated with ESBL-pE fecal shedding.

Food Analysis
Nearly 80% (14/18) of the RPF diets contained ESBL-pE. None of the non-RPF diets contained this bacterium.

Taken together, this study’s findings highlight the risk of feeding raw pet food to companion animals for both the animals as well as their owners handling raw pet food,” concluded the investigators. They advised that pet owners be made aware of the risk of ESBL-pE transmission when handling raw pet food.


Dr. Pendergrass received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. Following veterinary school, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Emory University’s Yerkes National Primate Research Center. Dr. Pendergrass is the founder and owner of JPen Communications, a medical communications company.