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The public and science go ‘nuts’ over the Mediterranean diet

Last month, Health Talk highlighted the best and worst diets for 2014 as determined by U.S. News & World Report. Once again, the Mediterranean diet was among the top overall diets, coming in tied at #3. Now, a new study by the Harvard School of Public Health has added some additional fuel to the Mediterranean diet fire.

The study tracked 780 male Midwestern firefighters over the age of 18 and concluded that firefighters who closely followed the Mediterranean diet had fewer risk factors for heart disease than those who did not eat this diet.

The good news for the public is you don’t have to be a firefighter to reap the benefits of the Mediterranean diet.

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The potential dangers of dramatic weight loss

It’s a sad reality, but our society remains quick to judge others deemed “too skinny” or “too fat.”

Outside of perhaps high school hallways, nowhere is societal judgment more prevalent than on social media where the weight of celebrities is debated endlessly and jokes about the weight of others are posted with reckless abandon.

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Study: Coupons favor wallet, not our health

Are you planning to go to the grocery store this week? If you’re like most Americans, chances are you’ll grab some coupons before heading out the door. Unfortunately, a new study published in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease unveiled that what you may save in money will likely cost you in nutrition.

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In the News: Best and worst diets for 2014

Like clockwork, many Americans are flocking to their local gyms, loading up on dietary supplements and immersing themselves with the latest diet trends in a quest to adhere to 2014 New Year’s resolutions. But which diets are the best?

According to an annual analysis by U.S. News & World Report, the DASH Diet Eating Plan or Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, was named the best overall diet for the fourth year in a row. DASH was developed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for people with high blood pressure and has been shown to be effective in lowering cholesterol and heart disease risk.

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Fighting Fat: the FDA proposes ban on trans fat


Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed measures that would ban artificial trans fats from the US food industry.

The agency announced that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the primary dietary source of artificial trans fat in processed foods, are no longer “generally recognized as safe,” a designation often known as a GRAS tag.

Although the use of artificial trans fats in food has drastically decreased over the years, they can still be found in a lot of popular snacks or treats like pie crusts, pizza dough, margarine, cake mixes, donuts, potato chips, frozen dinners or packaged popcorn.

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Fast food consumers and campus food consumers have similar diets

Despite recent news of improvements in the diets of children and adolescents, University of Minnesota School of Public Health researchers have found that college campuses still have room for improvement.

According to new research, young adults in college who live off campus but purchase their food on campus have worse diets than their peers, while those who bring food from home have healthier diets.

How much healthier?

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