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Do You Know Nutrition: Lack of fat causes stale bread

By By Phylis Canion
May 8, 2012 at 12:08 a.m.


Why does french style bread get stale so fast?

French bread is made without fat. The fat content in bread tends to slow down the loss of moisture in bread and keep it softer by reducing the percentage of gluten from forming too strong of a structure.

French bread can get stale in as little as five hours. When I lived in French West Africa, I made two daily trips (via bicycle) to buy French bread.

It was fresh, delicious and always baked twice daily - morning and afternoon. I always made an afternoon run because if there was a heel left from the morning purchase, I could drive a 16 penny nail into a two-by-four with it by noon.

Can you please share with me information regarding fibromyalgia? Over the past five years, my sleep habits have changed dramatically and not for the better. I am tired all day long and usually in a pretty bad mood, according to my family. My family will be happy with any information that you can share with me. I am curious as to what causes it, what are fibromyalgia symptoms and what your nutritional recommendations would be.

Fibromyalgia, which is unexplained fatigue and body pain, is a very real medical condition although there is no clinical test for it, according to internist and author Dr. Timothy McCall.

Based on my research, there is a connection with sleep disturbances yet it is unclear whether these are a cause or effect of fibromyalgia.

The American College of Rheumatology has identified several associated factors that contribute to the development or perpetuation of this condition - stress, immune or endocrine abnormalities or biochemical abnormalities in the central nervous system.

Symptoms come and go over time and may develop after a period of stress, lack of sleep or unusually heavy physical activity. Symptoms vary from individuals but here is a list that I have compiled: widespread musculoskeletal pain, severe fatigue, sleep problems, stiffness when walking, bowel problems, chronic headache, facial pain, depression, anxiety and painful periods to name a few.

My recommendation is to avoid caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, artificial sweeteners, animal fats and partially hydrogenated oils (i.e fast foods). It is beneficial to include more fresh fruits and vegetables, anti-inflammatory fats (found in deep water fish, flaxseeds and walnuts), which are derived from omega-3 fatty acids, and water.

Thought for the week: When odds are one in a million - be that one.

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Phylis B. Canion is a doctor of naturopathic medicine and is a certified nutritional consultant, email her at doc.phyl@yahoo.com. This column is for nutritional information only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure.

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