Phytosterols – “Heart-Healthy” Nutrients That Can Harm You

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There are many nutrients that are claimed to be heart healthy. Among the best known are phytosterols, often added to margarines and dairy products. Their cholesterol lowering effects are generally well accepted. However, some serious concerns emerge when looking at the science. What Are … [Read more...]

High Fructose Corn Syrup: Just Like Sugar, or Worse?

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For decades, high fructose corn syrup has been used as a sweetener in processed foods. Supposedly high in fructose, it has been heavily criticized for its negative health effects. Many people claim that it is even more harmful than other sugar-based sweeteners. But how does high fructose corn syrup … [Read more...]

Legumes: Good or Bad?

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Legumes are quite controversial these days. Depending on who you ask, they are either incredibly nutritious or uniquely harmful. Some people even choose to eliminate legumes from their diet altogether. Should legumes be avoided, or can they play a part in a healthy diet? This article takes a close … [Read more...]

Truvia: Good or Bad?

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Many people are trying to reduce the amount of sugar they are eating. Not surprisingly, a ton of different sugar substitutes have entered the market. Truvia is one of them. It is aggressively marketed as a natural, stevia-based sweetener that is good for blood sugar control. But is Truvia really … [Read more...]

13 Ways That Sugary Soda is Bad For Your Health

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When consumed in excess, added sugar can have disastrous effects on your health. However, some sources of sugar are worse than others... and sugary drinks are the worst, by far. This primarily applies to sugary soda, but also to fruit juices, highly sweetened coffees and other sources of liquid … [Read more...]

11 Serious Concerns About Vegetable Oils (No. 2 is Scary)

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Fats in the diet are highly controversial. Saturated fat was previously blamed for raising cholesterol and causing heart disease, but this has now been disproven (1, 2). For some reason, dietary guidelines still recommend that we consume vegetable oils instead of saturated fats like butter. This … [Read more...]

Agave Nectar: A Sweetener That is Even Worse Than Sugar

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The harmful effects of sugar are among the few things that most health experts agree on. Everyone knows that sugar is unhealthy and most health conscious people try to avoid it. Not surprisingly, all sorts of other sweeteners have become popular, both natural and artificial. One of those is called … [Read more...]

Wild vs Farmed Salmon – Can Some Fish be Bad For You?

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Salmon is commonly prized for its health benefits. It is a fatty fish that is loaded with Omega-3 fatty acids, which most people don't get enough of. However... not all salmon is created equal, unfortunately. Today, a lot of the salmon we eat isn't caught in the wild, but bred in fish farms. The … [Read more...]

Why Are Trans Fats Bad For You? The Disturbing Truth

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There is a lot of disagreement in nutrition. But one of the few things people actually agree on is the unhealthy nature of trans fats. Fortunately, consumption of these horrible fats has gone down in recent years and decades. But we are still eating way too much of them, which has various detrimental … [Read more...]

Are Nitrates and Nitrites in Foods Harmful?

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There is a lot of confusion about Nitrates and Nitrites in the diet. These are compounds found naturally in some foods (like vegetables) but also added to processed foods (like bacon) as a preservative. Some people believe that they are harmful and can cause cancer. However, the science isn't as … [Read more...]