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Q: When nutritionists talk about walnuts, do they mean black or English walnuts?

Answer :According to the California Walnut Board, a trade association, the walnuts you buy in stores-and those most commonly touted for nutritional benefits-

Q: I am confused by whether shrimp and other shellfish are good in the...

Answer : The good news for shrimp and other shellfish is that the major dietary factor that raises LDL (bad) cholesterol is saturated fat, not dietary cholesterol...

Q: Your Special Report on aspartame and high-fructose corn syrup (September Healthletter) made me...

Answer :In fact, regular table sugar (sucrose) isnt so different from high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), which contains either 55% or 42% fructose plus other sugars, primarily glucose. Table sugar is 50% fructose and 50% glucose. Both table sugar and HFCS contain four calories per gram, so if youre counting calories you should limit both sweeteners. …

Q: We live in southern Arizona where citrus trees thrive and own two well-producing...

Answer :According to the Center for Food-Drug Interaction Research and Education, led by Tufts and the University of Florida, most prescription drugs do not show a clinically relevant interaction...

Q: Back in the 1950s, Carlton Fredericks, a popular radio personality, touted the virtues...

Answer : Molasses is a concentrated byproduct of refining sugar cane into table sugar. Black strap molasses comes from the third and final boiling...

Q: In your June 2007 newsletter you reported the recommended AREDS antioxidants combination to...

Answer :Copper is an essential mineral with an established Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) of 900 micrograms (0.9 milligrams) per day for adults and a Tolerable Upper Intake Level (UL) of 10,000 micrograms (10 milligrams) daily. (The UL is the maximum daily intake of a nutrient that is likely to pose no risks of adverse health affects for almost all individuals.) According to Jeffrey Blumberg, PhD, director of the Antioxidants Research Laboratory at Tufts Jean Mayer…

Q: My eczema has become worse over the last few years. Are there any...

Answer :Eczema is a chronic skin disorder due to a hypersensitivity reaction-similar to an allergy-in the skin.