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Replacing Saturated Fat with Vegetable Oil Linked to Lower Heart Risk

Replacing Saturated Fat with Vegetable Oil Linked to Lower Heart Risk

Linoleic acid in vegetable oil, nuts and seeds associated with heart health.

February 2015 - If you’ve been confused by recent headlines suggesting “Butter Is Back” and studies questioning the link between saturated fat and heart disease, a new meta-analysis may set the record straight. The research found that people who swap 5% of the calories they consume from saturated fat sources such as red meat and butter with foods containing linoleic acid—the main polyunsaturated fat found in vegetable oil, nuts and seeds—was associated with a 9% lower risk of coronary heart disease events. Switching from saturated fat to linoleic acid was also associated with a 13% lower coronary heart disease mortality risk.

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More Scrutiny for Artificial Sweeteners

More Scrutiny for Artificial Sweeteners

Study suggests saccharin could actually encourage glucose intolerance by altering gut bacteria.

A controversial animal study, with a very small follow-up in humans, suggests that artificial sweeteners may promote glucose intolerance—and therefore diabetes—by changing the bacterial mix in the gut. Published in the journal Nature, the findings have some saying artificial sweeteners should be viewed with suspicion, while other experts dismiss the results.

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Finding New Health Benefits for Vitamin K

Finding New Health Benefits for Vitamin K

Study links vitamin K levels to longevity.

Vitamin K, once thought important primarily for blood clotting, may have a much wider array of health benefits. One recent Spanish study reported that people with the highest dietary intake of vitamin K were at significantly lower risk of mortality from cardiovascular disease, cancer and all causes.

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The Pros and Cons of Frozen Foods

The Pros and Cons of Frozen Foods

Your best and worst choices in the frozen-food aisle.

In the dead of winter, grocery shoppers often turn to the freezer aisle for out-of-season produce as well as easy-to-prepare entrées. But with sales of frozen foods in decline—down an estimated 5% since 2009—the industry is launching a campaign, “Frozen: How Fresh Stays Fresh,” to boost awareness and promote frozen foods’ nutritional benefits. How do frozen foods really stack up?

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Possible Downsides of Drinking More Milk

Possible Downsides of Drinking More Milk

Surprising new study links negative outcomes with higher milk consumption.

If you grew up thinking three glasses of milk a day are a must for healthy nutrition, you’re hardly alone. Even for Baby Boomers who secretly wished for a soda instead, at a healthy meal the glass was always filled with milk. Multi-million-dollar dairy marketing campaigns have reinforced the idea that milk “does a body good.”

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Whole Grains Improve Lipids in Statin

Whole Grains Improve Lipids in Statin

Study shows importance of a healthy diet even if you're taking cholesterol drugs.

If you’re over age 40, the odds are nearly one in four that you’re taking statin medications to improve your cholesterol levels. And if doctors and patients follow prevention guidelines released earlier this year, almost half the over-40 population would be taking the prescription drugs, including almost all men ages 60 to 75.

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Get Fit Now to Keep Your Brain Sharp Later

Get Fit Now to Keep Your Brain Sharp Later

Early fitness linked to cognitive health with agingbut its not too late.

A new study reports that the more physically fit you are when you’re younger, the more likely you are to keep your brain sharp as you get older. But there’s also good news for those who slacked off in their youth: Even starting to get more fit now might still improve your cognitive health.

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