Nutrition and Lifestyle

Consuming a diet based on glycemic index may not improve cardiovascular risk factors

The glycemic index (GI) is a number supposedly corresponding to a carbohydrate-containing food’s effect on blood glucose levels. A food with a low GI value (dried apricots, steel cut oats) has less impact on blood sugar Continue reading

FDA warns about dangers of powdered caffeine

Caffeine, a naturally occurring ingredient found in coffee and tea, has also been added of late to everything from energy drinks to candy. Now, it is even being sold as pure caffeine in powder form, a teaspoon of which is equivalent to 25 cups of coffee. This powder can be purchased online or in stores that sell supplements and may Continue reading

ACSH’s Top 10 Health Scares of 2014

Here is ACSH’s official list of this year’s top 10 scares Continue reading

To label or not to label GMOs: That is the question being considered by federal lawmakers

This past year, several states have had plebiscites on whether or not to require that foods containing genetically engineered (GMO) ingredients be labeled. All but one of those measures were defeated: in California, Washington, Colorado and now, officially, Oregon. Vermont voters approved a labeling measure, Continue reading

Pro-GMO debaters win over NYC crowd

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The debate swirling around genetically modified foods was literally on display last night in New York City, in a terrifically enlightening and well-produced event held by intelligence2 debates, where the high-profile proceedings swayed an engaged packed house that embracing GMO foods –and the Continue reading

Are antioxidants on life support? Oxygen?

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In our perpetual “more of the same” list, yet another study should help throw an extra shovel of dirt on a longstanding fad—antioxidants, this time vitamins C and E. Perhaps the darlings of the supplement world (at least today), antioxidants have been touted as useful for pretty much everything from preventing aging and cancer to getting better gas mileage for your SUV. Continue reading

Innovative food programs help low income families improve their diets and lose weight

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We’ve all heard it before — many times — “Eat more fruit and vegetables for a healthy, balanced diet.” But what if you can’t? What if you live in a so-called ‘food desert’ where really fresh produce is not to be found? And even if it were around, you couldn’t afford it? Continue reading

Association between obesity and cancer

For years, we’ve been hearing about how the obesity epidemic will pose an ever-greater public health threat if we don’t somehow manage to slow it down. Obesity puts one at risk for diabetes, debilitating arthritis Continue reading

Enjoy your holiday dinner — chemicals and all!

All chemicals, whether natural or synthetic, are potential toxicants at high doses but are perfectly safe when consumed in low doses. Continue reading

Health News: Gluten-free fad dangers, mastectomy on the rise, & new heart drug

Watch the latest in health news: the gluten-free diet fad is growing, but few are aware of the dangers; more and more women opting for mastectomies after breast cancer is detected, but why? And drug giant Merck is putting out $1 billion to fund its new cardiovascular drug.. will it … Continue reading


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