1. I hear the ads for Sensa. what is it and does it work?
Evie in Springfield
Sensa is product with the texture of sugar and you sprinkle it on your food. The developers claim it stimulates your smell and taste receptors to tell your brain to tell you to stop eating.
It is basically made up of 5 simple ingredients and the founder Dr. Alan Hirsch has published several studies showing how users lose more weight than non-user.
However, these studies have never been accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. So the quality of the studies is questionable. Until there is published research showing that Sensa is effective, it may be a waste of your money.
What about a product called HCG? Does it help?
HCG is a hormone produced in pregnancy. Again there is no peer -reviewed published studies plus the manufacturers recommend a 500 calorie diet - that is just too low to get all the nutritents you need for good health.
2. What is more effective to lower my cholesterol - cutting saturated fat or eating soy?
Tony in Agawam
One in six American have high cholesterol. The best way to lower it probably varies with each person's genetics but a new study shows adding cholesterol-lowering foods can be more effective than reducing saturated fat.
The study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association placed 345 people with high cholesterol and triglycerides on a low-saturated fat diet or a diet that contained cholesterol-lowering foods plus counseling sessions.
After six months, the people who received counseling on cholesterol-lowering foods saw more than a 13 percent drop in cholesterol.
The low-saturated fats group saw only a 3 percent drop. The researcher felt the counseling sessions were needed so people could learn how to add the cholesterol lowering foods such as soy milk and meat substitutes, legumes like kidney beans, lentils, chick peas and black-eyed peas, as well as barley, oatmeal, and nuts.