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Can Artificial Sweeteners Contribute to Insulin Resistance?

As consumers seek ways to improve their dietary behaviors, one area that continues to be controversial is the role of artificial sweeteners. Artificial sweetening ingredients such as saccharine, sucralose, monk fruit, stevia leaf & allulose are added to a wide range of foods to offer a sweet treat without the guilt. But are they really …

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Follow The Science

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, one phrase we have heard over and over again is…"follow the science." Whether it has been associated with mask wearing, social distancing, vaccine mandates or reopening schools and large venues, the mantra from the WHO (World Health Organization), the CDC and other governmental bodies has been "follow the science." But …

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Evidence of Obesity’s Role in Severe COVID-19 Symptoms Continues to Grow

https://www.wfae.org/health/2021-09-30/novant-says-9-of-10-children-in-covid-icus-are-overweight-but-public-health-officials-rarely-talk-about-obesity As the world grapples with COVID-19, the delta variant, the heightened debate around vaccine effectiveness and government intervention, and the controversy surrounding various treatment options, one constant remains: the correlation between COVID-19 patients suffering from severe symptoms and the prevalence of obesity. The link to this article highlights a pediatrician in North Carolina who …

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Changing the Calories-in/Calories-out Narrative

https://www.newsmax.com/health/health-news/insulin-weight-loss-calories-carbohydrates/2021/09/28/id/1038283/ If you've spent any time trying to lose weight, you've probably heard these well-rehearsed phrases: "To lose weight, you have to consume fewer calories than you burn.""If you're overweight, you're eating too much. Cut back on your calories & add exercise.""The 1st law of thermodynamics applies to food consumption & weight management. It's calories …

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Ultra-Processed Food Accounts for 2/3 of Children’s Calories

https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/article-abstract/2782866?guestAccessKey=c646e502-898f-443b-8558-d90a74e35415&utm_source=For_The_Media&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=ftm_links&utm_content=tfl&utm_term=081021 According to the CDC, as of 2018, 19% of children aged 2 - 19 are considered obese, with the percentage of children 12 - 19 (just coming into adulthood) even higher at 21.2%. Childhood obesity was also higher among Hispanic children (25.6%) and non-Hispanic Black children (24.2%). What could be contributing to such an …

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11 Biases in the Latest Ketogenic-Bashing Study

It seems as though trust in the mainstream media, confidence in what governments are doing & saying, and the quality and consistency of recommendations from global organizations based on sound science is at an all-time low. Back in January, a poll by Edelman demonstrated this, and the trend is only becoming worse. Almost 3 months …

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The Link Between Metabolic Syndrome & COVID-19

https://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2021/21_0123.htm A few days ago the CDC published findings detailing underlying medical conditions of hundreds of thousands of U.S. patients who were hospitalized with severe COVID-19 symptoms. The data was from the period of March, 2020 - March, 2021, from 800 hospitals, and included adults 18 years and older. Here's a synopsis of the key …

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The Dish About Meat

https://foodinstitute.com/focus/despite-the-rise-of-plant-based-alternatives-meat-department-sales-up-19-in-2020/ The latest data on meat sales from 2020 shows robust growth vs. previous year at +19.2%. This is impressive given the amount of visibility, news coverage and distribution expansion of plant-based meat substitute products. Consumer attitudes toward meat consumption is also interesting to note, as those defining themselves at "meat eaters" actually declined from …

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Weight, Not So Fast?

https://www.newsmax.com/health/health-news/diet-fasting-calorie-counting-weight-loss/2021/06/16/id/1025358/ Anyone who has tried to lose weight is familiar with the old advice to manage calories-in vs. calories-out. The thinking is all calories are equal, so in order to lose weight, you just have to reduce your caloric intake below your caloric expenditure (or calories burned) and weight will begin to shed from the …

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Energy Drink Awareness

Energy drinks have become a growth juggernaut in the beverage world. With a 10.5% growth rate in the previous year and almost half of consumers drinking them doing so several times per week, the trends are very favorable in this sector. In fact, according to Statista, global energy drink sales are projected to grow from …

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Pre-Diabetes Risks for Heart Disease

https://www.newsmax.com/health/health-news/prediabetes-heart-attack-stroke-odds/2021/05/05/id/1020200/ Pre-Diabetes & Insulin Resistance According to the CDC, 88 million Americans have a condition known as pre-diabetes, the precursor to Type II Diabetes. Pre-diabetes is where the body has elevated blood sugar levels and cells are becoming more resistant to insulin successfully transporting the blood sugar into cells for storage. When the body's normal …

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How to Reverse Type II Diabetes & Obesity

COVID-19's rampage on the world's population has had one profound effect that may begin to shift our global health and wellness mindset. If you have not read or watched a news article about the appalling increase in diabetes cases around the world, and how the huge majority of these cases are preventable by diet and …

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Can Processed Foods Adversely Affect the Immune System?

Processed food continues to be of topical news coverage as we deal with an epidemic of heart disease, type II diabetes and obesity related to dietary choices. As if you needed another reason to avoid processed food, a new study suggests that common additives can also harm the human immune system. In the world driven …

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Five Ways to Eat Less Processed Food

https://www.newsmax.com/health/health-news/cardiovascular-diet-heart-processed-foods/2021/03/23/id/1014827/ Regardless of which dietary philosophy you choose - Vegan, Paleo, Pegan, South Beach, Atkins, Low Carb, Ketogenic - there is one aspect that ALL of these eating philosophies share: avoid processed foods. Even the fundamentally flawed 2020 - 2025 U.S. Dietary Guidelines & MyPlate recommend consuming more "nutrient dense" foods in lieu of processed …

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A Global Report Linking Obesity & COVID-19

https://www.newsmax.com/health/health-news/coronavirus-death-obesity/2021/03/04/id/1012449/ It's been over a year since COVID-19 started ravaging the world with a global pandemic that has directly or indirectly claimed the lives of 2.5 million people. As scientists and governments try to assess how to manage through the pandemic, including vaccinating the population, we continue to learn about who is at the highest …

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