Nutrition and Lifestyle

Israeli study on sugar substitutes is complete bullsweet

Some junk science studies can be difficult to detect. Some, however, require no effort at all. Here we have one shining example of the latter — not that you could tell from all the media hype surrounding this nonsense.

The new Nature article, claiming that artificial sweeteners might contribute to obesity, seemed to be so chemically naive, that ACSH’s Dr. Josh Bloom, after a brief perusal of the authors and their affiliations, saw that the answer was obvious.
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Young Americans increasingly too heavy to serve in our Armed Forces

According to a new report released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust for America’s Health, obesity rates remain steady in 44 states and the District of Columbia. The report also found that rates of Continue reading

Whole Foods’ Anti-GMO Swindle

Every now and then, someone really gets it.

This past June, it was Alex Berezow, the founding editor of RealClearSciencewhose piece The Lies that Whole Foods Tells blew the doors off of Whole Foods and their less-than-truthful marketing practices.

This time, it is Michael Schulson, whose new piece in The Daily Beast addresses the same topic from a somewhat different angle, and none too gently. It is a must read for anyone who is confused by, or on the fence on the GM food controversy. Continue reading

A re-heated coffee scare brought to you by Prop 65 activists

Activists are attacking Starbucks because its coffee — like everyone else’s coffee — contains acrylamide. This is not because the company actually adds the chemical to its coffee, nor does anyone else — it is formed naturally when the beans are roasted. Continue reading

Coming soon to a coffee bar near you: better coffee!

Scientists have now unraveled and published the genome of a variety of coffee plant called Coffee canephora, which comprises about 30 percent of the world’s coffee production. Continue reading

Liver damage from supplements? Let’s drink to that.

Our regular readers will not be surprised about any of this, or the fact that we are again writing about it.

Despite subtly worded labels that suggest that dietary supplements are both safe and health-promoting, they are neither—they are untested drugs, which are allowed to make quasi-claims thanks to the abomination that is disingenuously called the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA). Continue reading

Prediabetes — A warning diagnosis to take seriously

Even if your blood glucose levels don’t indicate diabetes, that’s no reason to ignore the possibility of developing this increasingly common disease. Continue reading

Fish is more than a brain food

Your mother may have told you to eat fish to ‘get smart’ because for years it’s been touted as good for the brain. Now a new study, published in The American Journal of Medicine, suggests that eating fish might help protect the heart too. Continue reading

Obesity rates steady in 44 states, but concerns still remain

Earlier this year, the CDC released a report indicating that the prevalence of obesity in children ages two to five was on the decline. Now, according to a new report released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Continue reading

And the best diet is…all of them!

Yesterday, we discussed a randomized trial that indicated low-carbohydrate diets were superior to low-fat diets with respect to weight loss efficacy. Today, we may have to take it all back, Continue reading


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