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U.S. Dietary Guidelines Fail to Change Course

https://www.wsj.com/articles/new-u-s-dietary-guidelines-reject-recommendation-to-cut-sugar-alcohol-intake-11609254000?reflink=share_mobilewebshare In 1977, the first edition of the U.S. Dietary Guidelines was published with an intent to reduce heart disease and diabetes through a diet high in carbohydrates, low in fat, and paying attention to measurements like blood cholesterol. Since that seminal moment, the health of Americans has spiraled downward with obesity, diabetes, heart disease …

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Holiday Snacking Help

https://www.drlamcoaching.com/blog/holiday-themed-trail-mixes/?utm_source=daily-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=subscriber-newsletter&utm_term=diet&utm_content=article-19065&inf_contact_key=0769e399d8f9a13dcd45f498a7a5c0644dfbc39d7283b2cb89d5189540b69330 While most look forward to Christmas with anticipation and excitement, even the most jolly soul will admit the holidays are stressful. Managing the needs of work and personal commitments, attending parties, buying the "perfect" gifts, dealing with traffic & schedules, the threat of lousy weather, and the highs & lows of extended family time …

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Managing Lactose Intolerance

Would it surprise you to hear almost 2/3 of the world's population is deficient in the ability to digest lactose? After infancy, 65% of the world's population has some difficulty with lactose absorption, with the only group not having noticeable issues being those of Northern European descent. When you consume dairy products with the sugar …

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Simple and Unprocessed

As I've been advising private equity clients and consulting on category expansion projects, I'm struck with how process becomes a blocker to success. In some cases, there is too much process, so steps in an innovation pipeline, a decision to hire outstanding talent, or the ability to capitalize on a commercial opportunity get bogged down …

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Mars Tries To Be More Kind

Last week, candy maker Mars agreed to fully acquire Kind Bars, valuing the company at US$5 billion, as outlined in the below Forbes article. Like many other CPG giants, Mars is looking to capitalize on the growth of healthy snacking. https://www.forbes.com/sites/angelauyeung/2020/11/17/billionaires-united-candy-maker-mars-to-acquire-kind-bars-in-5-billion-deal/?sh=399459686de7 Global Snack Bar Market Snack bars, which include cereal bars, energy bars and other …

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COVID-19 is More Dangerous to Diabetics

https://www.statnews.com/2020/10/01/why-people-with-diabetes-are-being-hit-so-hard-by-covid-19/ Mainstream and social media is ablaze with COVID-19 warnings, as cases seem to be rising rapidly, with not only some U.S. cities (ie, New York & Chicago) implementing lockdowns, but even countries like Germany and France. Even Pfizer's news that their vaccine has been shown in testing to be 90% effective is not enough …

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Severe COVID-19 Symptoms: Inflammation’s Role

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/inflammation-key-factor-explains-vulnerability-134314638.html?soc_src=social-sh&soc_trk=ma Back in April 2020, when COVID-19 cases were soaring and the world was in full panic mode, I was researching how COVID-19 attacked the body and who was at highest risk of suffering from severe symptoms. I started to see some consistencies behind chronic diseases and the impact that COVID-19 could have on people …

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Researching the Link Between Leptin & COVID-19

https://rdcu.be/b54LD As we learn more about patients with COVID-19, and which conditions tend to cause either more severe symptoms or contribute to fatality, obesity continues to be one of the most direct contributors to both. I covered this in some detail in a previous blog, which provides a bit of foundation. A new research paper …

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Understanding Respiratory Symptoms

https://www.berkeleywellness.com/self-care/preventive-care/article/it-allergies-or-something-else?s=EFA_200730_AA1&st=email&ap=ed&utm_source=Berkeley+Wellness&utm_campaign=c2baa501b5-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_05_16_11_46&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3ddd6463e7-c2baa501b5-87978065 You know the feeling. You start to sniffle, feel a scratchy throat, experience sinus pressure or even have a slight fever. Under normal circumstances you might have ignored these symptoms, but with COVID-19, the alarm bell rings. Might I have "the virus?" Berkeley Wellness has put together a helpful table to compare seasonal allergies …

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Diet’s Role in Creating & Reversing a Fatty Liver

https://www.berkeleywellness.com/self-care/preventive-care/article/fatty-liver-disease-growing-threat?s=EFA_200707_AA1&st=email&ap=ed&utm_source=Berkeley+Wellness&utm_campaign=c2baa501b5-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_05_16_11_46&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3ddd6463e7-c2baa501b5-87978065 When most hear the term "fatty liver", what immediately comes to mind is a condition driven by excessive alcohol consumption. While excess fat in/around the liver can be caused by consistent and excessive alcohol consumption, more frequent instances of fatty liver are being observed in people who are not consuming excessive alcohol. A fatty …

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More Expansion of Plant Based Options

Purple Carrot is partnering with Whole Foods to bring a line of frozen plant-based meal solutions to consumers. Prior to COVID-19, ready-to-serve and meal bar preparation options were in growth mode, but will likely change as concerns about food handling persist. Frozen meals present a proven way to keep most of the key nutrient benefits …

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More Young Adults Becoming Pre-Diabetic

https://www.wellness.com/blog/13300162/one-in-four-young-adults-are-prediabetic/wellness-editor?utm_source=wc&utm_placement=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter&utm_content=WDCnewsletter Another short article talking about the incidence of insulin resistance and pre-diabetic conditions of young adults and adolescents. 1 in 4 young adults are pre-diabetic 1 in 5 adolescents are pre-diabetic If trends continue, fully 50% of the population will be either pre-diabetic or diabetic in the next 5 years. This destructive path has …

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Obesity’s Role in COVID-19: Seeking A Root Cause

https://hub.jhu.edu/2020/06/01/david-kass-obesity-covid-19/ Have you ever noticed the first question, asked multiple times during a doctor visit, is "are you in any pain?" Doctors are trained to minimize pain and treat the symptoms. If you have not figured it out yet, the U.S. medical system is built upon a "treat the symptoms, not the root cause" philosophy. …

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