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revised-food-labels300The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has just announced proposed changes to food labeling. Their proposal reflects concerns about the high obesity rate in the U.S. and the quality (or lack of quality) of the American diet.

The FDA is proposing that bigger, bolder print be used for the number of calories per serving. They also want to add a line item for grams of added sugar. Both of these are important changes. These are both good changes. Although calories aren’t the only thing that consumers should focus on, the reality is that it is important to many, many people. … Read the rest

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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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Brussels-sprouts-pizza200The fact is that Americans are demanding fresh vegetables when they go out to eat. And restaurants are responding with a range of options. According to one study, it is millennials who are leading the charge.

Here are the numbers: Vegetables dishes on restaurant menus have jumped 11 percent nationally over the last 3 years, and kale has seen a 400 percent increase in menu items. LongHorn Steakhouse, a symbol of the “meat and potatoes meal” if there ever was one, now serves Brussles sprouts and butternut squash, as well as other veggie dishes with its steaks. And California Pizza Read the rest

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garcinia-cambogia200It seems that every week the media “discovers” another weight loss miracle. This week, it’s garcinia cambogia, or simply “garcinia.” Dr. Oz is praising it as a “miracle” and there are no shortage of ads and news features touting it as the “wonder herb” for weight loss. But does it really work, and is it safe? What is the “real” story on garcinia?

First, what is garcinia? Garcinia is an herbal supplement that’s extracted from the fruit of the Malabar Tamarind plant found in Southeast Asia. The active ingredient is Hydroxycitric Acid, or HCA. HCA is the claimed “fat blocker” … Read the rest

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What does Tom Hanks have in common with Halle Berry, Drew Carey, Patti LaBell and Paula Deen? Tom is just the latest Hollywood star to disclose that he has Type 2 Diabetes. When he announced his disease on a recent David Letterman show, he said that he has had high blood sugar numbers since he was 36 (he’s now 57).

Diabetes is at epidemic levels in the U.S. and growing. A recent study found that nearly 26 million people in this country have diabetes and another 79 million Americans have pre-diabetes, a condition that places people at higher risk for … Read the rest

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