When Food Sneak-Attacks

Curious about candidiasis? Aching to alleviate acne? Dumb Little Man (a blog that, like Lifehacker, is devoted to helping you live better, or as DLM puts it: “save you money, increase your productivity, or simply keep you sane”) has published a list of “10 Food Side Effects You May Not Know.”

Got kidney stones? “People whose diets are high in animal protein and low in fiber and fluids may be at higher risk for stones. Several studies have shown that increasing dietary calcium and restricting salt, animal protein, and foods rich in oxalate, such as rhubarb, spinach, cocoa, nuts, pepper, and tea, can help prevent calcium oxalate stones from returning.” Stinky from body odor? The list says that red-meat consumption could be causing your problem.

But just to show that you can’t believe everything you read on the Internet, the piece says that eating high-cholesterol foods like eggs and organ meats can elevate your blood cholesterol. However the Harvard School of Public Health and others have recently debunked that claim, stating that the “average person makes about 75% of blood cholesterol in his or her liver, while only about 25% is absorbed from food. The biggest influence on blood cholesterol level is the mix of fats in the diet.”

Still, if you’re a migraine sufferer, you might want to take Dumb Little Man’s advice and eschew aged cheese, beer, red wine, and chocolate.

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