“Fact” About Diet Soda, Debunked

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If you drink diet soda—or any artificially sweetened beverage, for that matter—chances are you do so because you’re under the impression it’s a healthier option than its regular counterpart. After all, diet drinks typically don’t have any actual sugar, the substance known to cause obesity and a number of other health problems, including heart disease. But, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, artificially sweetened drinks like diet soda are just as ...

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Poor Diets Threaten National Security

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Poor diets threaten US national security — and it’s serious.

America’s poor diet isn’t just bad for us. It’s now considered a threat to national security.

Diet-related illnesses are a growing burden on the United States economy, worsening health disparities and impacting national security, according to a white paper published Monday in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Poor nutrition is the leading cause of illnesses in the US, with unhealthy diets killing more than half a million people each year, a group ...

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Health Benefits of Coffee Never Seem to End

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Coffee Can’t Repair Your DNA, but It Does Do Something Potentially Even Better

The health benefits of drinking coffee never seem to end.

Measured by how much people spend on it, coffee is the most popular beverage in the world. In America, the amount of coffee consumed each day is greater than the combined total amount of teas, juices, and soft drinks.

Coffee, however, isn’t a guilty pleasure; it’s a superfood that reduces your risk of serious diseases like diabetes, heart disease, dementia, ...

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Foods that Fight Inflammation

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Doctors are learning that one of the best ways to reduce inflammation lies not in the medicine cabinet, but in the refrigerator. By following an anti-inflammatory diet you can fight off inflammation for good.

What does an anti-inflammatory diet do? Your immune system becomes activated when your body recognizes anything that is foreign—such as an invading microbe, plant pollen, or chemical. This often triggers a process called inflammation. Intermittent bouts of inflammation directed at truly threatening invaders protect your health.

However, sometimes ...

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What to Drink Instead of Diet Soda

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All the ways that diet soda is unhealthy for you and what to drink instead

Just because diet soda doesn’t contain sugar or calories, it doesn’t mean it’s healthy for you.

Whether it’s Diet Coke, Coke Zero, or the countless number of “light” sodas offered on grocery store shelves, it’s important to realize that instead of sugar, beverage companies typically use artificial sweeteners like aspartame, saccharin, and sucralose to mimic the taste of non-diet sodas.

The fact that diet sodas rely on ...

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Artificial Sweeteners & Weight Gain

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ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS LINKED TO WEIGHT GAIN AND TYPE 2 DIABETES, STUDY SAYS

Artificial sweeteners may lead people to put on weight and put them at risk of type 2 diabetes, according to researchers.

The team arrived at their conclusion after reviewing existing evidence from the past decade on what are also known as non-nutritive sweeteners (NNSs).

Such products earn their name from the fact they don’t contain any vitamins or minerals, meaning they have no nutritional benefit, and may contain zero or low ...

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Genetics isn’t the Dominant Factor in Shaping our Food Responses

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Eat more avocado! What I learned from the study that will change how we eat

The Predict study measured thousands of people’s reactions to different foods in an effort to develop truly individualized, preventive medicine. Is this the start of a dietary revolution?

I am on a small ward at St Thomas’ hospital in London. There are six beds with a view of the Thames, which is lit by November sunshine. I’m in good health, but scanning my timetable – I’m here ...

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Is the Cholesterol in Your Food Really a Concern?

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It has long been a common myth that cholesterol consumed in foods, called dietary cholesterol, impacts the level of cholesterol in your body. Well, consider that myth busted. Science is now speaking and it seems as though the blame may have been misplaced all along. There are other factors in our diet that are more likely to be contributing to health problems and, specifically, heart disease.

Untangling Dietary Cholesterol and Blood Cholesterol

Dietary cholesterol and blood cholesterol levels still may be related, ...

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Dietary Cholesterol and the Lack of Evidence in Cardiovascular Disease

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Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death in the United States. For years, dietary cholesterol was implicated in increasing blood cholesterol levels leading to the elevated risk of CVD. To date, extensive research did not show evidence to support a role of dietary cholesterol in the development of CVD. As a result, the 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans removed the recommendations of restricting dietary cholesterol to 300 mg/day. This review summarizes the current literature regarding dietary cholesterol intake ...

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