January 1, 2017 @ 6:00 PM · Nutrition

By Karen Gilchrist

When one hears or sees the word diet, the context in today’s times often relates to weight loss. All too frequently, it may seem, a new plan appears, promoted by testimonials from doctors, celebrities and satisfied followers alike and “guaranteed to help you lose weight, and keep it off!” And indeed, a veritable smorgasbord of diets, from plant- and meat-based plans to highly restrictive and body-specific regimens, exists to address not only weight loss, but also weight gain, health conditions and just plain healthy living for longevity. 

According to Oxford Dictionaries, the first known use of the word diet occurred in the 13th century. The Middle English word derives from the Old French diete (............

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