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Soda Widows

By Andréa Maria Cecil

In Medical/Injuries, Nutrition

November 08, 2015

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Scientists link repeated hydration with sugar-sweetened beverages to kidney disease and early death in Central America.

It’s called La Isla de Viudas: Widows’ Island.

The name comes from the rural sugarcane-worker community of La Isla in Nicaragua, where thousands of men have died from the same epidemic over the last two decades. All perished of chronic kidney disease, referred to as “CKD,” and researchers estimate the overall death toll in Central America is at least 20,000. The… Continue Reading

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Soda War

By Andréa Maria Cecil

In Legal, Nutrition

October 23, 2015

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Bills requiring health-warning labels for sugar-sweetened beverages have thus far failed to become law but still succeeded in raising awareness.

The United States’ first two legislative measures seeking to add health-warning labels to sugar-sweetened beverages aren’t winning battles against Big Soda yet, sponsoring lawmakers conceded, but they are bolstering the war effort.

“It’s part of a national movement,” said Sen. Bill Monning, the Democrat who first… Continue Reading

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Restricted Success

By Hilary Achauer

In Nutrition

October 22, 2015

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Our bodies fight restrictive diets in every way possible, resulting in weight gain, not weight loss, over the long term.

Starting a new diet can be thrilling. It’s a time of hope and possibility. The process often starts with a trip to the drugstore for a notebook to write down the details of every meal. Then it’s off to the grocery store to fill the cart with strange ingredients such as chia seeds and apple-cider vinegar… Continue Reading

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Calories In, Calories Out-Dated

By Andréa Maria Cecil

In Nutrition

September 30, 2015

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Researchers say traditional weight-loss guidelines obscure the effects of calories from different sources.

It’s a law of thermodynamics: A calorie in equals a calorie out. Energy is neither created nor destroyed.

In other words: Calories don’t disappear. The idea is that as long as you’re eating fewer calories than you’re expending, you shed pounds. You can do this with a diet of Twinkies and candy bars or with salmon and arugula.

But food is more than just its caloric value.

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In Nutrition

September 13, 2015

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(Corrects to state Sean Buchan’s hemoglobin A1C test results were 9.2 percent.)

Type 2 diabetes has become a global epidemic. Despite growing evidence implicating sugar as its cause, Big Soda and industry-funded science continue to point the finger at the scale.

The ice cubes clinking against the glass. The bright beads of condensation promising relief from the Ohio humidity. The refreshing zing. Sean Buchan loved sweet tea.

“The sweeter, the… Continue Reading

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Sugar Science Solid

By Andréa Maria Cecil

In Legal, Nutrition

September 09, 2015

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City of San Francisco cites science in asking court to dismiss American Beverage Association lawsuit challenging sugary-beverage ordinances.

The way Jim O’Hara sees it, it’s just like the lyrics of that 1960s song: “I fought the law and the law won.”

“Big Soda can’t fight the science. The science is clear and Big Soda’s gonna lose,” said the director of health promotion policy at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a consumer-advocate organization based in Washington, D.C.

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The Myth of Adrenal Fatigue

By Kamal Patel and Kurtis Frank

In ExPhysiology, Nutrition

August 29, 2015

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Did you overwork your adrenal glands or are you getting worked by mythology and marketing?

Sticking to a physical exercise routine is tiring, but the soreness and fatigue from a good workout can easily be alleviated with a full meal and plenty of rest, so you’re raring to go by the time your next workout rolls around.

That’s the theory, at least.

When real life gets in the way, recovery can suffer. Sometimes, fatigue persists for so long between… Continue Reading

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A Sticky Story

By Chris Cooper

In Nutrition

August 24, 2015

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For almost 50 years, Gatorade’s marketing machine has been working to make you thirsty.

You can lead a man to water, but you can’t make him drink. Add sugar, salt, artificial flavors and a good story, and he’ll drink himself to death.

Since the early 1960s, sports-drink companies have worked to sell as many beverages as possible, and now the toughest market segment—people who just aren’t thirsty—has become the target thanks to clever advertising and sponsored research.

Gatorade created the… Continue Reading

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