Weight Loss & Dieting News

Nutrition and weight management

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Hummus anyone?

Research shows that certain foods, such as unsweetened yogurt, eggs, hummus, veggies, and certain fruits are healthy, satisfying, and conducive to weight loss efforts.  Click image for more.

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Is a keto diet safe?

 Many people have speculated that a keto diet, while effective for weight loss, is not safe.  In January of 2019 MDLinx cited research conducted by Professor Amy Goss from the University of Alabama suggesting that a keto diet, when done properly, is a safe diet (click image for details).  We believe that a keto diet is safe and effective when done properly and for finite periods of time, but that it should be done under the supervision of a physician or nutritionist.  Some keto recipes are provided on our site under "keto eats". 

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Fruits and veggies linked to mental well being

 An article posted in February 2019 cites a study from a prominent UK university linking fruit and vegetable consumption to mental well being.  Click on the image for more info. 

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Obesity and disability

 An article published in 2019 in Annals of Internal Medicine shows a strong link between teenage obesity and disability later in life.  Click on the image for more info.   

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Is dairy healthy?

 Reports from a recent meta analysis have surfaced in January of 2019 suggesting an overall decrease in mortality associated with the consumption or cheese, yogurt, and other fermented dairy products.  Milk was associated with a slight increase in mortality.  We recommend cheese as well as  unsweetened yogurt and similar fermented dairy products like unsweetened kefir as part or a healthy carb diet and a healthy lifestyle.  We believe the overall decrease in mortality that may occur from consumption of these products is likely linked to the probiotic content of these foods and their beneficial impact on the human intestinal micorbial flora.  Click image for more details. 

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It's a bird, it's a plane, it's...

...Super Garlic!  Garlic is a powerful antioxidant and nutritional powerhouse that ancient Greek athletes once used to boost their performance during the original Olympics.  Among its many benefits are improved blood pressure, cholesterol, and immune system performance.  This super food may even help fight the common cold.  Click image for more details.

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Egg-cellent news!!

 Eggs used to be regarded as an unhealthy because of the high cholesterol in the yolk.  However, not only are eggs an excellent source of protein, they might actually be good for your heart.  In December of 2018, MDLinx reported the results of a study conducted by researchers from China and the United Kingdom (click image for details) which concluded that daily egg consumption was actually associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease!  While detractors are the ones who now seem to have egg on their face, we still recommend consulting with your physician about what would be a healthy amount of egg consumption for you. 

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Blueberries and blood pressure

 Not only are blueberries low in sugar, high in healthy antioxidants, and delicious, but this little nutritional powerhouse may help to lower blood pressure and, ultimately, the risk of heart disease, a new study published in Journal of Gerontology Series suggests.  While the study size was small, it still gives us yet another reason to love natures bluest candy.  Click image for more details.   

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Should we be eating like Vikings?

 The New Nordic diet, developed in 2004, features fish, game, veggies, berries, and whole grains.  The emphasis is on seasonality and sustainability.  Research has shown benefits of the New Nordic Diet to include weight loss, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and decreased cardiovascular risk and inflammation.  Click on the Viking for more details. 

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Smelly foods that don't stink!

Scientific research has confirmed that some stinky foods are actually pretty darn healthy, not to mention delicious!  Did you know that onions contain powerful antioxidants and may actually help to prevent strokes and heart attacks by breaking up platelet aggregation?  Or how about the fact that garlic helps lower blood pressure?  Another skinky veggie, leeks, helps lower cholesterol and may actually inhibit the growth of cancer cells!  Click image to find out more.  

Health Concerns

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Diet drinks may be linked to increased stroke risk

 A recent study appearing in Stroke  suggests a link between artificial sweeteners and an increased risk of stroke and heart disease in post menopausal women.  While the types of artificial sweeteners used was not factored in, and this article, thus, obviously needs more specific follow up studies, we believe that spring water is the healthiest beverage.  If you trying to avoid sugar and would like to sweeten your beverage, we recommend natural, sugar free sweeteners such as stevia.  Click image for more info. 

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Digital overload linked to obesity

A study reported in April of 2019 suggest a link between obesity and frequent switching between digital devices.  Excess use of different devices was associates with an increase in food temptation and a decrease in self control, both risk factors for obesity.  Click image for more info.

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Are peanuts bad? The aflatoxin debate

 Aflatoxins are toxic substances produced by mold that can contaminate some foods stored at high temperature and humidity.  They have been implicated in liver, autoimmune, and digestive problems as well as malignancy.  Peanuts and corn may be foods most affected.  While more prevalent in developing countries, depending on where the food comes from and how it is stored, people in our country may be affected, as well.  While soaking, sprouting, or fermenting nuts, grains, and legumes can significantly decrease the amount of aflatoxin, your best bet is to buy fresh foods grown close to you (and not overseas) and to consume it within 1-2 month.  Click image for more details.   

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Avoiding soft drinks can help you live longer

Avoiding sodas and other sugary drinks isn't just about weight loss any more! A headline from March 2019 cites a recent study from the medical journal, Circulation, which showed that the rate of death rose with increased consumption of sugary drinks.  This was a large study and is, therefore, most likely reliable.  It showed that drinking less than 4 artificially sweetened beverages daily lowered the risk of death somewhat compared to sugar, but concluded that water is still the healthiest choice.  The benefits of healthy eating and lifestyle are also touched upon in this useful article.  Click image for complete story.