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Colorful Produce Could Help Counter

Colorful Produce Could Help Counter "Middle-Age Spread"

Fruits and vegetables high in flavonoids associated with less weight gain.

June 2016 - Substituting colorful fruits and vegetables such as berries, peaches and peppers into your diet could help combat the gradual weight gain with age sometimes referred to as "middle-age spread." A large new study, published in BMJ, links greater consumption of foods high in plant pigments called flavonoids to less weight gain over time.

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Even After 70, Staying Active Pays Off

Even After 70, Staying Active Pays Off

Walking and other moderate exercise linked to lower stroke and heart attack risk.

Continuing to exercise as you age really can make a difference. Researchers reported in the journal Circulation that even people in their 70s have much lower risk of stroke and heart attack with regular moderate exercise such as walking.

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92% of Restaurant Meals Too High in Calories

92% of Restaurant Meals Too High in Calories

Little difference between chains and local eateries.

If you're eating out often, you're probably overdoing calorie consumption - even if you avoid fast-food restaurants. Meals consumed at fast-food restaurants have been singled out as culprits in America's obesity epidemic.

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REALITY CHECK<br> 6 Iffy Claims About Reducing Salt

REALITY CHECK
6 Iffy Claims About Reducing Salt

The latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans call for limiting sodium intake to no more than 2,300 milligrams daily. Although the 2015 revision put less emphasis on more restrictive limits for people 51 and older, African-Americans, and those with hypertension, diabetes or kidney disease, that shouldn’t be interpreted as a green light to load up on salt.

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Weight Loss Can Improve Lipid Levels

Weight Loss Can Improve Lipid Levels

Cutting fats or carbs equally effective.

Losing weight can improve your cholesterol and triglyceride levels as well as your waistline, according to a major new intervention study. The study found similar weight loss amounts could be achieved by lower-fat or lower-carbohydrate diets, whether the lower-carb diet was rich in walnuts or in monounsaturated fat (as in canola or olive oils).

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Caffeine Doesn’t Cause Heart Jitters

Caffeine Doesn’t Cause Heart Jitters

The popular notion - reflected in doctors' advice and clinical guidelines - that caffeine can cause your heart to "skip a beat" is probably wrong. A new study, the first of its kind to actually monitor participants' hearts over a 24-hour span, concludes that frequent caffeine consumption is not associated with premature heart contractions or disturbances of the heart’s electrical rhythm.

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