Healthy Heart

Saccharin off EPA Toxic List

I f you remember the great saccharin scare of the late 1970s, it may come as a sweet surprise to learn that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has removed the artifcial sweetener from its list of hazard- ous substances. The switch clears the last offcial blemish from saccharins reputa- tion, with the FDA having given it an OK in 2000. Following studies linking saccharin with cancer in rats, the EPAs Carcinogen Assessment Group listed the sweetener as a possible human carcinogen in 1980. Now, in response to a petition from an artifcial- sweetener trade group, the agency has reversed that listing, saying theres insuffcient evidence that saccharin causes cancer in humans. Although not as popular in the US in part because of lingering can- cer fears, inexpensive saccharin remains the largest-volume artifcial sweetener in the world, primarily used in Asia.

Food-Borne Illnesses Cost Billions

Pathogens in meat and poultry cost the US economy more than any other sources of food-borne illnesses, according to a new study, and the top 10 most damaging pathogens take an annual toll of $8.1 billion

Veggies and Fiber Linked to Lower Diverticulitis Risk

Worried about diverticulitis, the painful inflammation of abnormal pouches in your intestines? Eat more like a vegetarian

Mediterranean Diet May Protect Brains Small Blood Vessels

Heres more evidence that eating like a Mediterranean may be good for your brain

Older People Have a Harder Time Staying Asleep

Suffer from insomnia? Heres an eyeopening finding: The real problem

Probiotics: Know What Works, What Doesnt

New study finds probiotics protect against antibiotics complications.

Mental Energy-Boosting Claims Put to the Test

Can foods, beverages or dietary supplements really increase your mental energy? Scientists at the Life Sciences Research Organization (LSRO) recently reported the results of a review of the scientific evidence for such claims regarding ginkgo biloba, ginseng, glucose and omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids. They defined mental energy as consisting of mood (transient feelings about the presence of fatigue or energy), motivation (determination and enthusiasm) and cognition (sustained attention and vigilance)

Improve An Apple a Day Might Keep Cholesterol Healthier

New reason not to overlook antioxidants in apples health benefits.

Go Easy on Southern-Style Fare to Avoid Strokes

While eating the traditional fare of Mediterranean countries promotes heart health, consuming fried foods, sweet tea and other typical foods of the Southern United States has the opposite effect, sharply increasing the risk of stroke.

Mental Energy-Boosting Claims Put to the Test

Can foods, beverages or dietary supplements really increase your mental energy? Scientists at the Life Sciences Research Organization (LSRO) recently reported the results of a review of the scientific evidence for such claims regarding ginkgo biloba, ginseng, glucose and omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids. They defined mental energy as consisting of mood (transient feelings about the presence of fatigue or energy), motivation (determination and enthusiasm) and cognition (sustained attention and vigilance)