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August 2017

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Moderate Alcohol Intake May Help Preserve "Good" Cholesterol

For years we've heard that drinking wine and other alcoholic beverages in moderation may be good for our heart. The majority of alcohol's cardiovascular benefits have been attributed to its association with higher levels of HDL (good) cholesterol, which helps protect artery health. But how does alcohol affect your HDL over the long term, and does it matter what kind of alcoholic beverage it is?

Are You Getting Enough Vitamin E from Your Diet? —Subscribers Only

The vast majority of us fall short of meeting vitamin E recommendations. But, that doesn't mean we have a vitamin E deficiency. Outright vitamin E deficiency is uncommon. And despite shortfalls, the 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans did not identify vitamin E as a nutrient of public health concern.

Linking Colorectal Cancer Risk, Inflammation and Diet —Subscribers Only

Of any cancer, inflammation has one of the clearest links with colorectal cancer. That includes cancers of the colon (large intestine) and rectum (tail end of the colon). So, it's worth considering whether reducing inflammation through healthful eating could decrease colorectal cancer risk.

Ask Tufts Experts

Q. What is high-oleic sunflower oil? I have been seeing it on labels.

Q. What is high-oleic sunflower oil? I have been seeing it on labels.

Q. I've heard that eating too late at night, like after 8 o’clock, could contribute to weight gain. Is there any truth to this?

Q. I've heard that eating too late at night, like after 8 o’clock, could contribute to weight gain. Is there any truth to this?

Q. I've seen fitness wristbands that remind people to get up and move during the day. Do these really help people be less sedentary?

Q. I've seen fitness wristbands that remind people to get up and move during the day. Do these really help people be less sedentary?

NewsBites

Watch Portions of Packaged Foods Marketed as Healthy

Portion-controlled packs of indulgent fare like cookies and chips may help people avoid overdoing such foods. A new study in the Journal of Business Research suggests such package cues may help us avoid overeating healthier foods, too.

No Juice Before Age 1 Says New Advice from Pediatricians

Grandkids or kids at home? Note new advice from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The group revised its stance from no juice before 6 months old to no juice before one year old.

Dieting? Exercise to Protect Muscle, Bone

For older adults struggling with obesity, it’s a bit of a catch-22 that weight loss may speed up age-related loss of muscle and bone mass (lean tissue). That could worsen physical ability and contribute to frailty. The solution? "Exercise is important to help preserve muscle and bone mass during weight loss and to further improve physical function," says Dennis T. Villareal, MD, at Baylor College of Medicine and lead author of a new study in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Vitamin D Fails to Improve Insulin Function

Vitamin D deficiency has been associated with increased diabetes risk. But, the few published small trials of vitamin D supplementation haven’t shown a benefit on insulin function, which is important in blood sugar control. Included in this list is a new trial in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Linking Leisure Screen Time & Mortality Risk

Swapping 30 minutes of daily TV or home computer use (leisure screen time) with activities like leisurely walking, gardening, home improvement projects or formal exercise was associated with a 3 to 13% decreased risk of premature death.

Special Reports

7 Ways to Help Fight Food Waste —Subscribers Only

What foods have you thrown out recently? Maybe some slimy salad greens, moldy bread or a bit of leftover spaghetti? If you can't think of any food you've tossed lately, you're doing better than most of us. Each year, the average family of four throws out over 1,000 pounds of food at a cost of $1,500.