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According to a recent nationally representative survey, about 60% of the calories consumed by Americans come from “ultra-processed” foods and beverages—defined as products resulting from “several sequences of industrial processes” and including additives “used to imitate sensory properties of foods or to disguise unpalatable aspects of the final product.” Alarmingly, the survey showed that adolescents (10- to 19-year-olds) were among the biggest consumers of ultra-processed foods and that their intake of these foods increased from 2007 to 2012, rising to over two-thirds (68%) of total calories consumed.




Should you stop taking multivitamins and minerals because a new study suggests most common vitamin and mineral supplements may have no consistent benefit for the prevention of cardiovascular disease, heart attack, stroke or premature death?



Are you looking forward to the traditional holiday meals? Tis’ the season to gain weight! With Thanksgiving and Christmas on the horizon, the majority of Americans are looking forward to a festive feast, with turkey, side dishes, and pumpkin pie. Eating more than usual for a week may not be bad, as long as people exercise regularly, too.



A new study, published this week in PLOS Medicine, shows that a diet low in animal-based foods and high in plant-based foods substantially lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes. They also find that the quality of the plant-based diet plays a significant role.


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