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Old 11-24-10   #11
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I brought and ate my first Chickpea recently. My Mum has just been diagnosed with Diabetes and as her mum had it before her, so on, I can no longer deny it runs in the family. I tried chickpeas in a diabetic recipe. I dreaded tasting them thinking they'd be horrible, but they are amazing. I love them and add them to most dishes now

Yeay for chickpeas x
The are delicious and have a healthy hit of protein, too. While they do have a healthy carb content, their glycemic index is fairly low. They are something that I frequently enjoy!
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looks like I'll never get to find out what it tastes like nor a tangello, whatever that is lol
If you're concerned about grapefruit then check with your doctor if you have any of the listed conditions and are taking medication. I checked with my doctor and my nutritionist and I eat them in moderation. Also, my father who had 2 on the list checked with his doctor and my nutritionist and does the same.

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The are delicious and have a healthy hit of protein, too. While they do have a healthy carb content, their glycemic index is fairly low. They are something that I frequently enjoy!
As do I. I like them in a curry with carrots and kale, over Basmati. Not only that, when I get into one of my moods I'll make hummus like every few days, all different flavors added to them.
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As a nutritionist myself I really don't encourage people to eat a lot of citrus anyway - like nightshades, it can increase inflammation. Cutting citrus out was so much easier for me than nightshades, which I still do eat a bit - tomatoes, anyway.

Fangz I agree. if you want to try grapefruit (seriously you've never had it??) check the medication list and try a piece. you probably won't want it anytime again soon, lol.

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Drug Interactions:

Grapefruit has serious interactions with many commonly prescribed medications and can lead to unpredictable and hazardous levels of certain important drugs. Grapefruit juice inhibits a special enzyme in the intestines that is responsible for the natural breakdown and absorption of many medications and when the action of this enzyme is blocked, the blood levels of these medications increase, which can lead to toxic side effects from the medications. Grapefruit juice research suggests that flavonoids and furanocoumarins are responsible for this effect. The following medications (and possibly others) should not be consumed with grapefruit juice unless advised by a doctor: Statins (Cholesterol Lowering Drugs): Baycol (Cerivastatin); Mevacor (Lovastatin); Lipitor (Atorvastatin); Zocor (Simvastatin). Antihistamines: Ebastine; Seldane (Terfenadine, taken off the U.S. market). Calcium Channel Blockers (Blood Pressure Drugs): Nimotop (Nimodipine); Nitrendipine; Plendil (Felodipine); Pranidipine; Sular (Nisoldipine); Psychiatric Medications: Buspar (Buspirone); Halcion (Triazolam); Tegretol (Carbamazepine); Valium (Diazepam); Versed (Midazolam). Intestinal Medications: Propulsid (Cisapride, taken off the U.S. market). Immune Suppressants: Neoral (Cyclosporine); Prograf (Tacrolimus). Pain Medications: Methadone. Impotence Drug: Viagra (Sildenafil). Other drugs may have potential interactions with grapefruit including: Amiodarone (Cordarone„¥); Cilostazol (Pletal„¥); Donepezil (Aricept„¥); Losartan (Cozaar„¥); Montelukast (Singulair„¥); Pimozide (Orap„¥); Quetiapine (Seroquel„¥); Tamoxifen (Nolvadex„¥) and Tamsulosin (Flomax„¥).









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Toxic blood levels of many medications can occur when patients taking them consume grapefruit or grapefruit juice. The high blood levels of the medications can cause damage to organs or impair their normal function, which can be dangerous. Do not consume grapefruit or grapefruit juice while taking medications or consult with your doctor before doing so.




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and this, too (just erring on the side of caution!!)

http://www.holisticonline.com/herbal...tions-home.htm

A lot of people don't know about this, so it's good to pass it along.
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As a nutritionist myself I really don't encourage people to eat a lot of citrus anyway - like nightshades, it can increase inflammation. Cutting citrus out was so much easier for me than nightshades, which I still do eat a bit - tomatoes, anyway.
I'm not wild about citrus, though like you, I do enjoy tomatoes - sauce, and a slice on a sandwich. I don't eat a lot, though. I have a feeling that it does not help my arthritis!
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Fangz I agree. if you want to try grapefruit (seriously you've never had it??) check the medication list and try a piece. you probably won't want it anytime again soon, lol.
That wasn't me who'd never had one. I realized that there were some drug interactions, but WOW! I never knew there were that many!

I think that I'll pass on the grapefruit, in the future!
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Grapefruit has serious interactions with many commonly prescribed medications and can lead to unpredictable and hazardous levels of certain important drugs.
I find grapefruit disgusting anyway, personally, so no real danger there. Mind you, I'm generally not going to encourage large quantities of contemporary drugs, either.
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I find grapefruit disgusting anyway, personally, so no real danger there. Mind you, I'm generally not going to encourage large quantities of contemporary drugs, either.
Oh me neither, especially if lifestyle changes can be used - but hey, if you're ON some of these things, wouldn't you want to know? Who'd suspect a seemingly innocuous thing like grapefruit could do all this?

I lived on the stuff when I was younger - the egg-and-grapefruit diet, did about two decades on that one.
Fortunately not on any drugs, but I DID take Prozac for two weeks and wound up in the hospital. I can't recall if I was eating GF that time or not.
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I lived on the stuff when I was younger - the egg-and-grapefruit diet, did about two decades on that one.
And I thought I was nutritionally reckless...you're probably lucky to still be alive.

Mind you, I can't talk. I'm still trying to get to the point where corn chips aren't one of the staples of my diet. Although broccoli is another one, so it probably evens out...I hope.
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Are you kidding me? I was bulimic for over a decade, I mean I lived on coffee, eggs, bits of steak and citrus fruit (and cigarettes). I would do ANYTHING to be thin. It was only after I landed on Disability and had years to start researching nutrition that I smartened up. I was 33 when that happened.
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As a nutritionist myself I really don't encourage people to eat a lot of citrus anyway - like nightshades, it can increase inflammation. Cutting citrus out was so much easier for me than nightshades, which I still do eat a bit - tomatoes, anyway.

Fangz I agree. if you want to try grapefruit (seriously you've never had it??) check the medication list and try a piece. you probably won't want it anytime again soon, lol.

More info on medication interactions:

Drug Interactions:

Grapefruit has serious interactions with many commonly prescribed medications and can lead to unpredictable and hazardous levels of certain important drugs. Grapefruit juice inhibits a special enzyme in the intestines that is responsible for the natural breakdown and absorption of many medications and when the action of this enzyme is blocked, the blood levels of these medications increase, which can lead to toxic side effects from the medications. Grapefruit juice research suggests that flavonoids and furanocoumarins are responsible for this effect. The following medications (and possibly others) should not be consumed with grapefruit juice unless advised by a doctor: Statins (Cholesterol Lowering Drugs): Baycol (Cerivastatin); Mevacor (Lovastatin); Lipitor (Atorvastatin); Zocor (Simvastatin). Antihistamines: Ebastine; Seldane (Terfenadine, taken off the U.S. market). Calcium Channel Blockers (Blood Pressure Drugs): Nimotop (Nimodipine); Nitrendipine; Plendil (Felodipine); Pranidipine; Sular (Nisoldipine); Psychiatric Medications: Buspar (Buspirone); Halcion (Triazolam); Tegretol (Carbamazepine); Valium (Diazepam); Versed (Midazolam). Intestinal Medications: Propulsid (Cisapride, taken off the U.S. market). Immune Suppressants: Neoral (Cyclosporine); Prograf (Tacrolimus). Pain Medications: Methadone. Impotence Drug: Viagra (Sildenafil). Other drugs may have potential interactions with grapefruit including: Amiodarone (Cordarone„¥); Cilostazol (Pletal„¥); Donepezil (Aricept„¥); Losartan (Cozaar„¥); Montelukast (Singulair„¥); Pimozide (Orap„¥); Quetiapine (Seroquel„¥); Tamoxifen (Nolvadex„¥) and Tamsulosin (Flomax„¥).









Side Effects:

Toxic blood levels of many medications can occur when patients taking them consume grapefruit or grapefruit juice. The high blood levels of the medications can cause damage to organs or impair their normal function, which can be dangerous. Do not consume grapefruit or grapefruit juice while taking medications or consult with your doctor before doing so.



Forgive me, but I thought you were a canine/feline nutritionist? I'm not saying your information is incorrect in this instance, however (and to note I'm not yet a licensed nutritionist, few more credits/classes... ), I think much of the information that's given online cannot be trusted 100% and am very critical of nutritional sites that sell anything for health, whether it be vitamins, herbal supplements or remedies for brittle nails. I also don't think eliminating what are essentially whole foods/fruits/grains is sound nutritional advice (my opinion only and not yet a professional one). I think we need to be very careful about the nutritional advice we give; not only can it create confusion but it can cause eating/food issues. In other words, if we don't look at and analyze the whole "plate" of someone's eating habits we cannot make a sound judgement as to what and what not to change and/or eliminate. Giving up certain foods for yourself is one thing, advising others to do so without knowing the whole diet is another.

My opinion, whether it's worth the 2 cents or not.
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