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The keto diet is a low-carb, high-fat diet that includes meat, dairy, eggs and low-carb vegetables.
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A few weeks ago on St. Louis on the Air, we learned about a brand-new medical device that allows users to measure nutritional ketosis with a breathalyzer. Nutritionists say they’ve witnessed the reemergence of the keto diet as a means for weight loss in the past few years.

Both during and after that segment aired, we received a lot of questions about the keto diet, as well as some concern that this may be an unhealthy choice for some people. So, we looked into it on Thursday’s show with people who follow the latest research on the topic.

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In the new Netflix documentary "The Game Changers," a former team physician for the St. Louis Rams and Cardinals challenges what he refers to as a “locker-room mythology about meat, protein and strength.

“The attitude of most athletes for many years was that you had to eat meat to get protein, [that] we need that protein to get big and strong, and again, that meat was the best source. But that’s clearly just not true,” Dr. James Loomis said Friday on St. Louis on the Air.

“There are many, many highly successful athletes, both in the strength world … but also endurance athletes, who really thrive on a plant-based diet.”

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Children who eat poor diets are more likely to be bullies at school, according to research from Saint Louis University.

The study, which used data from a World Health Organization survey of 150,000 children across 40 countries in Europe and North America, examined the relationship between diet and bullying behavior. Students who had poor diets or experienced frequent meal deprivation were more likely to bully their peers.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 28, 2011 - Letting go is not always an easy thing to do. Embracing something new can be even more challenging.

At this time of year, people are making all sorts of resolutions that require changes in behavior, choices, lifestyle and more. I'm no expert on this subject, but as a perfectionist I have spent a lot of time and effort trying to get things right. So I have a few thoughts on the subject that I hope might help someone make a change.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 16, 2011 - On her way up to more than 130 pounds above her ideal weight, social worker Jennifer Beavers, 36, of Crestwood, ate on the run as often as three times a day. Fried chicken sandwiches were her No. 1 choice, but she had many favorites.

"Every fast food restaurant seemed to call my name," Beavers said. "I knew I was totally out of control, but I didn't have any willpower."

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 30, 2010 - Marian Wisnev remembers well restaurant visits from a decade ago. Some servers understood but for most part she came to expect an inevitable blank stare when she'd ask the question.

"I'd say 'Could you recommend anything without gluten?' and they'd look at you like you had 12 ears and 19 eyes," recalled the Creve Coeur resident.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 10, 2010 - There have been times when Tracy Blue's mood was a perfect match for her last name. She was often irritable and occasionally depressed as she coped with Type 2 diabetes and the burden of carrying as much as 254 pounds on her 5'4" frame.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 16, 2009 - Last week I discussed the dangers of a high-fat diet. This has been of some interest to me, as by a cruel twist of fate I was born loving steak, a 1 1/2 inch Porterhouse my idea of culinary perfection. I love French fries, too, and more than anything else, Big Macs.

On Science: Eat less, remember more

Jun 17, 2009

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 17, 2009 - It has been more than four decades since I was 20 and a Trivial Pursuit star. In those feisty days I could remember every movie I had ever seen, every book read, every TV show seen. Not now.

Ask me the star of a movie I know quite well, and I will often draw a blank, the name popping into my mind only later when I am doing something else and no longer thinking about the movie at all. Then I blurt the name out loud, as if to say, "See, I knew I knew it!"

On Science: Eating your way to thin

Apr 22, 2009

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 22, 2009 - The Diet Wars are over. We live in a world where fat is common and thin is desired, a world where normal people, people like you and me, seek diets that will help us become less fat and more thin. But what diet should a well-meaning but only too human person pick?

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 18, 2009 - Ever see St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay at a banquet or fundraiser with a glass of water in his hand? Here's why: He really likes water, and he doesn't want people feeling obligated to offer him soda or beer or any other drink that's loaded with calories.

While Slay rarely knows what food awaits him at political functions, he figures he can at least control what he drinks. And plus, he can always just say that the ice water is a vodka tonic.

Learning the power of healthy eating

Feb 24, 2009

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 24, 2009 - Twelve-year-old Scott Harris and his buddy Jonathan Cannon, 13, share a gargantuan interest in food. Not just gobbling up all things vaguely edible. These guys from south St. Louis are nutrition detectives. They read labels. They have the goods on hidden calories, fat and sugar.

"Look at this," first said one, then the other. In a grocery store dairy department recently, they held up cartons of yogurt and revealed it contained high fructose corn syrup. The sweetener isn't nutritious, but it packs a wallop of energy followed by a letdown.