Why Processed Meat is Bad For You

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Processed meat is generally considered unhealthy. It has been linked with diseases like cancer and heart disease in numerous studies. There is no doubt that processed meat contains many harmful chemicals that are not naturally present in fresh meat. This article takes a detailed look at the health … [Read more...]

Dried Fruit: Good or Bad?

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Information about dried fruit is very conflicting. Some say it is a nutritious, healthy snack, while others claim it is no better than candy. This is a detailed article about dried fruit and how it can affect your health. What is Dried Fruit? Dried fruit is fruit that has had almost all of the … [Read more...]

5 Reasons Why Vitaminwater is a Bad Idea

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A beverage called Vitaminwater has been very popular in recent years. It contains added vitamins and minerals, and is marketed as healthy. However, what is left out of the marketing claims, is that Vitaminwater is loaded with added sugar. As you may know, sugar can cause severe harm when consumed in … [Read more...]

Grains: Are They Good For You, or Bad?

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Cereal grains are the world's single biggest source of food energy. The three most commonly consumed types are wheat, rice and corn. Despite widespread consumption, the health effects of grains are quite controversial. Some think they are an essential component of a healthy diet, while others think … [Read more...]

MSG (Monosodium Glutamate): Good or Bad?

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There is a ton of controversy surrounding MSG in the natural health community. It is claimed to cause asthma, headaches, and even brain damage. On the other hand, most mainstream sources (like the FDA) claim that MSG is safe (1). This article takes a detailed look at MSG and its health effects, … [Read more...]

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...]