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October 30, 2019

Q: I read that FDA is allowing a qualified health claim to be put on edible oils, such as olive oil, sunflower oil or canola oil. What does that mean? JR, Greenville.

A: Late last year, the Food and Drug Administration said that there is enough evidence to allow foods with oleic acid in them to…

Kolasa, Kathy

October 23, 2019

Q: I am trying to find a healthier alternative for candy to give trick-or-treaters in my neighborhood. Do you have any ideas? DA, Greenville.

A: It’s true we are asking kids to eat less sugar for health. Parents to need to monitor how much candy a child eats in a day. I asked Jocelyn Bayles…

Kolasa, Kathy

October 16, 2019

Q: I saw the news that it’s ok to eat red and processed meat. What and who do I believe? J and B H. Formerly of Greenville

A: Yes, a surprising study was released the week of Sept. 30 saying that eating less red meat may not make your healthier. It found fault with previous nutrition studies…

Kolasa, Kathy

October 09, 2019

Dear readers: I heard from many of you last week in response to the headlines that “there was no need to cut down on red and processed meat.” We just were able to get copies of the original studies — five systematic reviews — and several medical students, colleagues and I…

Kolasa, Kathy

October 02, 2019

Q: I recently developed gout. An old friend of mine dug a piece of well-worn paper from his wallet. It was a list of foods someone told him to avoid a long time ago. He said it pretty much works for him. Is this an old wives’ tale or are there scientific recommendations on how to…

Kolasa, Kathy

September 25, 2019

Q: I don’t know what to do. I have diabetes and my doctor had told me it was OK to drink diet soda. My friend told me she heard it’s not safe. What do you think? HJ, Farmville

A: I bet your doctor probably told you it would be best if you drank water as your beverage of choice. Marissa…

Kolasa, Kathy

September 18, 2019

Q: My neighbor told me she went to an all-day event last year that was great for people with diabetes. Do you happen to know what, where, when? JS, Greenville

A: I am always happy to promote the Winning with Diabetes Event. Tuesday, Nov. 5, is the date for the 18th Annual Winning with Diabetes…

Kolasa, Kathy

September 11, 2019

Q: My daughter has been diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome. What lifestyle measures can help her? JF, Winterville

A: Yes, lifestyle changes can help your daughter and other women who are diagnosed with PCOS and can reduce some of the undesirable side effects. Chloe Opper, a Brody medical…

Kolasa, Kathy

September 04, 2019

Q: I thought intermittent fasting was a fad diet, but I heard a reputable speaker talk about it. What do you think? RJ, Greenville.

A: Once considered a fad, intermittent fasting is the target for serious research. The results of new studies do not paint a clear picture for us. Connie Zhong, a…

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September 04, 2019

Q: I thought intermittent fasting was a fad diet, but I heard a reputable speaker talk about it. What do you think? RJ, Greenville.

A: Once considered a fad, intermittent fasting is the target for serious research. The results of new studies do not paint a clear picture for us. Connie Zhong, a…

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