U.S. Diet Guidelines Sidestep Scientific Advice to Cut Sugar and Alcohol

Rejecting the advice of its scientific advisers, the federal government has released new dietary recommendations that sound a familiar nutritional refrain, advising Americans to “make every bite count” while dismissing expert recommendations to sharply reduce consumption of sugar and alcoholic beverages. The “Dietary Guidelines for Americans” are updated every five years, and the latest iteration arrived on Tuesday, 10 months […]

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How much coffee is too much coffee?

While there has been much discussion regarding the upped intake of alcohol during lockdown, there’s another beverage that has also been getting some extra attention during these times: coffee. Sales of caffeinated drinks have soared during lockdown, with an extra £24m being spent on tea and coffee from grocery shops in the UK during June, according to consumer insight company Kantar. […]

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A man died after eating a bag and a half of black licorice every day for 2 weeks

A man died after eating excessive amounts of black licorice, which contains an ingredient that can deplete potassium and lead to heart rhythm issues.  He had recently switched from red to black licorice, and showed up to the hospital unresponsive after collapsing in a fast-food joint.  There are past reports of licorice causing serious health issues, but death is rare.  […]

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The 5/20 rule is the nutrition principle you’ve never heard of but need to know

The 5/20 rule of nutrition can help guide grocery shoppers when looking at nutrition labels. It indicates that a 20% or more daily value of any nutrient is a high amount, while 5% or less is low. If you're looking for low sodium, for example, make sure the daily value is 5% or lower. If you want to boost your […]

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Faith community events for children: Good for the soul but lack nutrition

Childhood obesity affects about 13.7 million children and adolescents in the United States and has been increasing for more than four decades. It is a serious problem that puts children at risk for poor health and chronic disease. Unlike foods served in public schools, which must typically adhere to U.S. Department of Agriculture food guidelines to enable meal reimbursement, most […]

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