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coke-machines200Americans consume too much sugar, and it’s killing us! A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) finds that more than 70 percent of U.S. adults get more than the recommended amount of their daily calories from added sugars. Even more shocking is the direct link to higher levels of sugar consumption and higher incidents of death due to cardiovascular disease! Added sugar in our diet is literally killing us!

We are not talking about sugars that naturally occur in foods, like the sugar in fruit. The study looks specifically at those sugars added to … Read the rest

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Is high-fructose corn syrup bad from you?      

Does using a microwave oven harm your food?     

Can anyone benefit from a gluten-free diet?

We talk a lot about being informed, and understanding what you’re eating. But that doesn’t mean that eating healthfully should be complicated, nor should you “stress out” over what’s being served. Still, you want to serve your family healthy meals when you can, and it’s hard with so many nutrition “myths” floating around out there.

We’ve all heard them – high fructose corn syrup is bad for you, eating carbohydrates will make you fat, or using a microwave … Read the rest

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There may be more risks associated with obesity than you think. According to a recent poll by the Associated Press, only a few people knew a majority of the risks associated with obesity. Even scarier, about one quarter of people think it’s possible for someone to be very overweight (i.e., obese) and still be healthy!

Most people know that being obese has serious health consequences, including heart disease and diabetes. But other consequences aren’t so well known. For example, only 7 percent of people surveyed mentioned cancer, although doctors have long known that weight increases lead to higher risks of … Read the rest

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Research conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) finds that the average cholesterol levels in the US have improved significantly over the past 20 years. That’s really good news! High cholesterol levels can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease and other chronic diseases.

Cholesterol levels are still higher than they should be, but at least they’re moving in the right direction. Researchers credit the improvement to a reduction in trans fats in the diet plus the increased use of cholesterol-lowering drugs.

Several recent initiatives have been undertaken by various groups, including the mayor of New York City, to … Read the rest

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It seems that the “health” media is at it again. Dr. Oz recently claimed that coconut oil is good for you – again! Now, like a lot of people, I like Dr. Oz. Generally he is well informed and he is gifted when it comes to explaining complex topics in simple language. But, in this case, he’s off base on coconut oil.

I’m not sure where these people get their information, but it is at best factually questionable, and at worst just plain crazy! We have discussed this topic before, but with the current number of people touting the benefits … Read the rest

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