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From: Dr. Neal Pinckney (pinckney.vegsource.com)
Subject:         Re: supplements
Date: August 17, 2009 at 5:02 pm PST

In Reply to: Re: supplements posted by Ricardo Gouvea (Brasil) on August 17, 2009 at 3:09 pm:

Your nutritionist may not have a scientific basis for all those recommendations. 'Old wives tales', urban legends and cultural myths are, unfortunately, the basis for much of the nutritional advice that is passed around.

Garlic does cause some people to develop gas, but for most people, the unwanted effect of garlic is mostly in one's breath. There is no scientific evidence that garlic and beans combined causes more gas than beans alone. Nor is there evidence that any other herbs or seasonings combined with beans causes more or less gas.

The advice not to drink sodas has more science as its basis. Although carbonated beverages can increase bloating and, for some, flatulence, it's the sugar or sugar substitute that is the culprit.

Legends and myths persist. As a Brazilian, you may have heard the common caution not to drink wine and eat watermelon in the same meal. When I lived in Brazil, I was told it could be fatal. Some restaurants even refused to serve watermelon to those who had wine. But for over 50 years my friends and family have had both in the same meal without any negative effects. In all probability a person who had a heart attack had consumed both. If he also consumed more than a thousand calories of fat, that would not have been considered.

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