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What Does the Trans Fat Ban Mean to You?

What Does the Trans Fat Ban Mean to You?

To protect your heart health, youll need to keep checking labels until mid-2018.

September 2015 - Artificial trans fats, in the form of partially hydrogenated oils, once hailed as a healthy alternative to butter and shortening, will all but disappear from the US food supply by June 2018. Following up on a preliminary 2013 ruling, the US Food and Drug Administration announced this summer that artificial trans fats would no longer be considered “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) The agency gave the food industry three years to reformulate products without artificial trans fats or to petition for specific, limited uses, such as in “sprinkles” atop ice cream.

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Is Chocolate Actually Good for Your Heart?

Is Chocolate Actually Good for Your Heart?

Observational study finds people who eat more have lower heart risk.

Chocolate lovers are turning their candy wrappers into celebratory confetti over recent headlines (“The More Chocolate, the Better”) linking chocolate consumption to lower risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. While previous studies have suggested the flavonoid compounds in dark chocolate might have heart benefits, the findings also associated milk-chocolate consumption with reduced risk.

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Should You Take a Multivitamin?

Should You Take a Multivitamin?

Four Tufts experts tackle the multi-billion-dollar question.

Since the early 1940s, when multivitamin/mineral supplements first became available, Americans have popped countless such pills in hopes of “nutritional insurance” and making up for any dietary shortfalls. Today, more than one-third of all Americans take a multivitamin, and multivitamins alone account for more than 40% of all vitamin and mineral supplement sales—an estimated $5.4 billion annually.

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Smart Strategies for Healthy Eating Out

Smart Strategies for Healthy Eating Out

With Americans spending more than ever at restaurants, heres how to make sure you dont pay with your health.

For the first time, Americans are spending more money eating out at restaurants than buying food in grocery stores. According to the US Census Bureau, consumer spending at restaurants narrowly edged grocery-store purchases in December 2014, $50.4 billion to $50.2 billion. That tiny gap has widened, with restaurant spending exceeding groceries by nearly 3% as of April.

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Sugary Beverages Linked to Liver Risk

Sugary Beverages Linked to Liver Risk

Sweetened juice drinks as well as sodas may be bad for your liver.

You know that sugar-sweetened sodas can pack on the pounds and contribute to the risk of heart disease and diabetes. But new Tufts research reports that sugary drinks may also increase your odds of developing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).

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Smart Choices Key to Keeping Pounds Off as You Age

Smart Choices Key to Keeping Pounds Off as You Age

Combating middle-age spread is more complicated than just counting calories.

Popular coverage of diet and weight-loss strategies often summarizes the bottom line with a twist on President Bill Clinton’s campaign mantra, “It’s the economy, stupid.” When it comes to managing your weight, as this line of thinking goes, “It’s the calories, stupid.”

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Is It OK to Put Eggs Back on Your Plate?

Is It OK to Put Eggs Back on Your Plate?

If youre going to embrace the good news about eggs, do so carefully.

The humble egg has been on a roll lately. First, the US Department of Agriculture recalculated the amount of dietary cholesterol in a typical large egg downward—from 215 to 185 milligrams—and vitamin D upward (to 41 IU, 10% of the Daily Value).

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