Tag: Diet and Nutrition

Foods That May Lead to a Healthier Gut and Better Health

Scientists know that the trillions of bacteria and other microbes that live in our guts play an important role in health, influencing our risk of developing obesity, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and a wide range of other conditions. But now a large new international study has found that the composition of these microorganisms, collectively […]

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Why Your New Year’s Diet Is Doomed

Unfortunately, ultra-processed foods aren’t as readily condemned as tobacco. While we know that nicotine is addictive and that cigarettes deliver a range of carcinogens, there are many ways (yet no single way) that the standard American diet increases the risk of other causes of premature death. The interactions among calorie intake, exercise, fat accumulation, insulin […]

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To Create a Healthy Habit, Find an Accountability Buddy

Find an accountability buddy. Choose a friend who wants to achieve a similar goal and make a plan. Accountability might mean meeting each other once or twice a week for a walking date. Or it could be a daily text check-in to see how you’re doing on a diet or a Zoom call to work […]

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Does Coconut Oil Deserve Its Health Halo?

Dr. Greenland echoed that assessment, stating that “the marketing of coconut oil is confusing. It’s trying to sell it as a healthy fat, but those who know its composition don’t think that at all.” These and other experts part company with advertisers and advocates for coconut oil based on its chemical makeup and the well-established […]

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Some Covid Survivors Haunted by Loss of Smell and Taste

Michele Miller, of Bayside, N.Y., was infected with the coronavirus in March and hasn’t smelled anything since then. Recently, her husband and daughter rushed her out of their house, saying the kitchen was filling with gas. She had no idea. “It’s one thing not to smell and taste, but this is survival,” Ms. Miller said. […]

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U.S. Diet Guidelines Sidestep Scientific Advice to Cut Sugar and Alcohol

Rejecting the advice of its scientific advisers, the federal government has released new dietary recommendations that sound a familiar nutritional refrain, advising Americans to “make every bite count” while dismissing expert recommendations to sharply reduce consumption of sugar and alcoholic beverages. The “Dietary Guidelines for Americans” are updated every five years, and the latest iteration […]

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Brazil Is Famous for Its Meat. But Vegetarianism Is Soaring.

RIO DE JANEIRO — After years of whipping up large vegan meals for an ashram in the mountains outside Rio de Janeiro, Luiza de Marilac Tavares found her life upended, and herself out of a job, when the pandemic forced the center to shut down. She started cooking from home, hoping to make ends meet […]

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Influencers May Face Fines as China Tackles Obesity and Food Waste

HONG KONG — More than half of China’s adult population is either overweight or obese, according to a new government report released on Wednesday. Obesity rates in China have doubled within two decades, and health authorities are warning of a surge in chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and cancer. The report found that 34.3 […]

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A Raw Meat Sandwich Warning Draws Eyes on Wisconsin (and More Warnings)

“If cannibal sandwiches are a tradition in your home, try this safe alternative: Cook the ground beef with the same spices and toppings, until it reaches 160F, and serve it on top of bread or crackers,” it said. “You may be surprised to find that it tastes better when cooked! Not to mention, you won’t […]

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A Gym Is Where You Work Out. Everything Else Is Optional.

In March 2014, Dennis Guerrero and his business partner opened a gym on Long Island. The pair shared a passion for fitness, a dream of creating a community of like-minded people and a willingness to take a risk. Over the next six years, hundreds of members experienced and embraced an environment that fostered a palpable […]

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Best Foods for Better Sleep

The researchers discovered that eating more saturated fat and less fiber from foods like vegetables, fruits and whole grains led to reductions in slow-wave sleep, which is the deep, restorative kind. In general, clinical trials have also found that carbohydrates have a significant impact on sleep: People tend to fall asleep much faster at night […]

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Is American Dietetics a White-Bread World? These Dietitians Think So

Even when Dr. Crayton was president of the academy, in 2015 and 2016, she felt out of step with its other leaders. “I have heard that behind my back they called me an angry Black woman, because I raised questions,” she said. Her nominations of Black dietitians for leadership roles, she added, were frequently snubbed. […]

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Yes, Many of Us Are Stress-Eating and Gaining Weight in the Pandemic

“This was such a drastic and abrupt change to everyone’s daily life that we needed to see what was going on,” said Dr. Flanagan. “We wanted to put some data to the anecdotal behaviors we were seeing.” From April through early May, about 7,750 people, most of them from the United States but also from […]

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A Fight Over Agriculture Secretary Could Decide the Direction of Hunger Policy

An unlikely fight is breaking out over President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s choice for agriculture secretary, pitting a powerful Black lawmaker who wants to refocus the Agriculture Department on hunger against traditionalists who believe the department should be a voice for rural America. Representative James E. Clyburn of South Carolina, the highest-ranking Black member of […]

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Are Schools Teaching Kids to Diet?

Caitlin Kiarie’s 6-year-old son, Emerson, begins every day of remote learning with a class meeting over Zoom. Kiarie, a mom of three in Montclair, N.J., enjoys listening in as she nurses her newborn and helps her third-grader manage his own remote learning. But on one recent morning, the Zoom conversation took an unexpected turn: Emerson’s […]

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Think You Have ‘Normal’ Blood Pressure? Think Again

So you think your blood pressure is normal? Think again. The latest iteration of an “ideal” blood pressure — a level of 120 millimeters of mercury for systolic pressure, the top number — that Americans are urged to achieve and maintain has been called into question by a long-term multiethnic study of otherwise healthy adults. […]

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Using the Pandemic as an Opportunity to Lose Weight and Get in Shape

It’s been somewhat of a running joke in a profoundly unfunny time: endless laments about the “quarantine 15” or “Covid 19,” referring to the number of pounds gained during lockdown. According to a June survey of 2,000 American adults by the weight loss program Nutrisystem, 76 percent of respondents gained weight, up to 16 pounds, […]

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Extra Pounds May Raise Risk of Severe Covid-19

Obese Americans are more likely to become dangerously ill if they are infected with the new coronavirus. Now public health officials are warning that a much broader segment of the population also may be at risk: even moderately excess weight may increase the odds of severe disease. The warning, reported by the Centers for Disease […]

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Studies Begin to Untangle Obesity’s Role in Covid-19

In early April, Edna McCloud woke up to find her hands tied to her hospital bed. She had spent the past four days on a ventilator in a hospital in St. Louis County, Mo., thrashing and kicking under sedation as she battled a severe case of Covid-19. “They told me, ‘You were a real fighter […]

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A Potential Downside of Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting is a trendy weight loss strategy. But a new study found that a popular form of intermittent fasting called time-restricted eating produced minimal weight loss and one potential downside: muscle loss. The new research, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, is one of the most rigorous studies to examine time-restricted eating, which involves fasting […]

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The Underused Weight Loss Option: Bariatric Surgery

Growing rates of obesity among Americans are clear evidence that even the best intentions and strongest motivations are often not enough to help seriously overweight people lose a significant amount of weight and, more important, keep it off. But for those who can overcome fears of surgery and perhaps do battle with recalcitrant insurers, there […]

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Are Mushrooms the Future of Wellness?

Even before the onset of the pandemic, which has increased the demand for all manner of so-called organic immunity elixirs, wellness-minded Americans were warming to mushrooms. To be clear, mushrooms don’t cure Covid-19, but they are thought to provide a host of other benefits, from serving as an aphrodisiac to bolstering one’s defenses to toxins. […]

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Minivans at the Food Pantry: Meet America’s New Needy

LAKESIDE, Calif. — This is America: a family crammed in a minivan driving mile after mile across San Diego County, first to one food giveaway and then to another and then to more. To Mary’s Donuts, in rustic downtown Lakeside, for day-old chocolate frosted, maple-and-bacon glazed and pastries the size of catcher’s mitts. Sixteen miles […]

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Fighting Tanya Zuckerbrot’s F-Factor Diet on Instagram

Much of this summer, an influencer named Emily Gellis Lande has been on a campaign, posting on Instagram dozens of times a day about the dangers of a diet called F-Factor. Ms. Gellis, 34, has never been on the diet. She relays anonymous stories from women who say that after beginning the diet they experience […]

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Can Artificial Sweeteners Keep Us From Gaining Weight?

Artificial sweeteners hold the promise of satisfying your sweet tooth without the downside of excess calories, and they are increasingly used in products ranging from diet sodas and powdered drink mixes to yogurt and baked goods. But whether using them can prevent weight gain — a problem many people are struggling with during the coronavirus […]

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‘Fat Talks,’ an Investigation, and a Reckoning: How Collegiate Runners Forced Reform

In early March, 36 Wesleyan University track and cross-country alumni signed a letter describing a culture of rampant body shaming and eating disorders within the program that they said a prominent coach had fostered. In pleading for major changes, the athletes said the coach, John Crooke, had held “fat talks” with runners, telling them to […]

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