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Study Assesses Years of Life and Income Lost Due to Smoking

Smoking is a leading preventable cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Analysis of health and earnings data found that, among U.S adults ages 25 to 79 years, cancer deaths caused by cigarette smoking accounted for 2.2 million person-years of life lost and approximately $21 billion in lost lifetime earnings. The analysis did not […]
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Dietary Vitamin C Intake (not Supplements) Associated with Better Health

A review of existing research found that dietary patterns containing the recommenced amount of vitamin C from foods was associated with health benefits. Daily dietary intake of 50 to 100 milligrams (mg) of vitamin C from foods was associated with a number of positive health outcomes, including lower risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer of the […]
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You’ve answered questions about oats before, but I’m unclear as to whether instant oats...

Judith C. Thalheimer, RD, LDN, managing editor of Tufts Health & Nutrition Letter, answers: “After the inedible husk is removed from an oat grain, the resulting groat (inner kernel) can be cut into smaller pieces or steamed and flattened with a roller. Steaming and rolling breaks the grain’s structure down and creates a greater surface […]
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Grain Products: Don’t Be Fooled by Healthy-Sounding Labels!

Eating more minimally processed whole grains and less refined grains is good for your health. But how do you know which grain products are the best choice? Big, front-of-package words like wheat and multigrain can be misleading, the color is not a good indicator, and other ingredients contained in the item can torpedo an otherwise […]
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Top Reasons to Avoid “Top Foods” Lists

You see them everywhere: “The ten best/worst foods for your health.” “The top five reasons you should eat/avoid particular foods.” These lists are eye-catching and can be fun to read, but they may not be the best way to get your nutrition information. And we’re going to give you the top three reasons why! 1. […]
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MAJOR FINDING: Vitamin D 
Supplements Do Not Prevent 
Major Diseases

Virtually every tissue in the body has receptors for vitamin D. This fact led to the hypothesis that maintaining adequate vitamin D levels might be helpful for multiple health conditions. Screening to check blood levels of vitamin D has become common and an estimated one third of U.S. adults 60 years of age or older […]
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Nitrates in “No Nitrate Added” Meats

Q: You have stated that cured meats that say ‘no nitrate or nitrite added’ still contain these potentially cancer-causing compounds. Can you please explain this? A: Alice H. Lichtenstein, DSc, Stanley N. Gershoff Professor of Nutrition Science and Policy at the Friedman School and executive editor of Tufts Health & Nutrition Letter, answers: “Adding nitrates […]
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News Bites October 2022

Low-Carb Mediterranean Diet Works as Well as Ketogenic Diet for Diabetes Control  In a controlled trial comparing a well-formulated ketogenic diet with a low-carbohydrate Mediterranean-style dietary pattern for 12 weeks, both diets helped people with type 2 diabetes or prediabetes control blood sugar levels and lose weight. Both diets were low in refined grains and […]
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Food Processing and Your Health: Balancing Benefits and Risks

There is a growing body of research suggesting high intake of processed foods is associated with various health problems, especially when those foods are highly—or ultra—processed. Many public health guidelines, from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans to World Health Organization recommendations, encourage limiting intake of processed foods. But what, exactly, are processed foods? (See “What […]
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Small Amounts of Physical Activity Can Have Big Benefits

For ideal health and physical well-being, it’s recommended each week adults aim to do a total of two-and-a-half hours of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity). Even if you don’t meet this physical activity target, considerable research has demonstrated any activity is better than none. Why Move More? “We are beginning […]
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