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Nutrition News: Rethinking Energy Drinks

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Rethinking Energy Drinks

We may need a new warning on those oh-so-popular energy drinks: They may be harmful to your health, especially if you're a teenager. A team of researchers from the World Health Organization says increased consumption of energy drinks may pose a danger to public health, especially among young people. The researchers ...Read more

Nutrition News: Vitamin D and Osteoarthritis

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Here's another reason to make sure you're getting enough vitamin D. A recent study suggests that vitamin D deficiency may be associated with greater risk of osteoarthritis of the knee. The study was conducted at Tufts University by lead author Fang Fang Zhang, an epidemiologist and assistant professor at Tufts.

Compared to those with adequate ...Read more

Nutrition News: Adding Extra Olive Oil to the Mediterranean Diet

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Eating a Mediterranean diet, rich with plant foods, fish and olive oil, has been found to be good for the heart, the brain and overall health. Now, a new study out of Spain suggests the diet supplemented with olive oil may also reduce the risk of breast cancer.

Researchers randomly assigned more than 4,200 women, ages 60 to 80, to eat either a ...Read more

Nutrition News: Got Diabetes?

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Got Diabetes?

Close to half of all American adults have Type 2 diabetes or prediabetes, a new study finds. In the study, researchers found that up to 14 percent of adults had diagnosed or undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes in 2011-2012, and about 38 percent had diagnosed or undiagnosed prediabetes. Prediabetes is defined as having elevated blood sugar...Read more

Nutrition News: A Healthy Cup of Coffee?

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A Healthy Cup of Coffee?

News of coffee's potential impact on health has for years gone back and forth. Initially, concerns centered on caffeine, a naturally occurring stimulant. The positives about coffee centered on antioxidants, compounds generally associated with potential health benefits. Robert Sheeler, M.D.,? and medical editor of the ...Read more

Factors to Control Alzheimer's Risk

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This may be surprising news about Alzheimer's: Lifestyle choices may affect the risk for up to two-thirds of Alzheimer's cases, according to a review of research published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, Aug. 20 online issue.

Investigators reviewed the findings of 323 studies completed between 1968 and 2014. Collectively...Read more

Nutrition News: Pistachio Update

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You've probably heard about the benefits of eating a handful of nuts -- walnuts, almonds or pecans. You can add pistachios to the list as well. A research article, published in the British Journal of Nutrition, April 2015, compiled results from several research articles that highlighted the potential benefits of regular pistachio consumption.

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Nutrition News: Focus on Fiber

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Focus on Fiber

Your morning dose of fiber in your cereal does a lot more than move things along in your intestinal tract. A fiber-rich diet may also lower your risk of hypertension and diabetes.

The problem is most of us don't get enough fiber. The average intake is 15 grams per day. Women need 25 grams and men, 38 grams.

Here are some ...Read more

Nutrition News: Prediabetes Concerns

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As a supermarket dietitian, I get quite a few questions about those who may have been diagnosed as prediabetic. What exactly does that mean?

Prediabetes means that your blood-sugar level is higher than normal (typically over 100 when fasting), but not yet high enough to be classified as Type 2 diabetes (a blood glucose level of 126 or higher ...Read more

Nutrition News: How Much Sugar?

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Look at a food label and you'll see the amount of fat, cholesterol, sodium and even sugar. Everything but the sugar is also listed as a percent daily value -- the percentage of recommended daily calories for a particular nutrient. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is proposing to change that. The agency wants food labels to include more ...Read more

Nutrition News: Fighting Inflammation With Foods

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We are hearing more and more about the benefits of a low-inflammation diet -- one that helps reduce inflammation, which can lead to other problems. Low-grade inflammation can operate for years in our bodies until stress or some other event, causes it to turn into cancer, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis or heart disease.

The right foods can make ...Read more

Nutrition News: Dairy 101

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Dairy 101

Not sure about what type of milk to drink anymore? Here are some answers to questions about dairy in our diets.

Should people who are sensitive to lactose avoid dairy foods completely? The 2010 Dietary Guidelines suggest that avoiding dairy altogether may lead to deficient intake of several key nutrients. Rather than avoid dairy ...Read more

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