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Are carbs evil? Does chicken always have to be cooked skinless? Ditch your old-school thinking and get savvy to the latest healthy eating facts.
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The FastDiet, also known as the 5:2 diet, is based on something called intermittent fasting. This involves eating normally for five days a week and “fasting” for two. On those two fasting days, you eat about a quarter of your typical calorie intake.
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Nutritionists have long touted the heart-healthy benefits of extra-virgin olive oil. Recently, researchers found that consuming a Mediterranean diet heavy in olive oil can help lower some heart risks.
The website wiseGEEK recently put together a brilliant project that puts healthy eating into perspective. The team photographed what 200 calories of many different foods looks like. Needless to say, the broccoli portion is much more generous than Doritos.
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A new look at data missing from a 1966-73 study casts doubt on current dietary advice about vegetable fats and heart health. With rediscovered data and modern statistical methods, researchers find that the clinical trial’s omega-6 linoleic acid group had a higher risk of death from all causes, as well as from cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease, compared with the control group.
Got milk? For decades, dairy industry advertisements have convinced Americans that cow’s milk is an appropriate—and even essential—food for humans. Americans have been led to believe that cow’s milk is necessary for healthy, strong bones. As it turns out, dairy products may have the opposite effect.
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The same gene that helps convert a big plate of holiday cookies into fat could also provide a new target for potential treatments for fatty liver disease, diabetes, and obesity.
Dozens of people in the restaurant biz were surveyed on what they never, ever touch, whether its to avoid outrageous markup, food poisoning, or germ minefields. Watch for these offenders.
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A few shavings of nice cheese on top of pasta or vegetables can take a simple dish from good to great—but you don’t have to fork out $22 a pound for the famous stuff. And more…
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While sports nutritionists have since come around to recommend that we should indeed replenish salt when we sweat it out in physical activity, the message that we should avoid salt at all other times remains strong. Salt consumption is said to raise blood pressure, cause hypertension and increase the risk of premature death. This is why the Department of Agriculture’s dietary guidelines still consider salt Public Enemy No. 1, coming before fats, sugars and alcohol. It’s why the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has suggested that reducing salt consumption is as critical to long-term health as quitting cigarettes.
And yet, this eat-less-salt argument has been surprisingly controversial — and difficult to defend. Not because the food industry opposes it, but because the actual evidence to support it has always been so weak.