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January 2017

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Eating to Beat Belly Fat —Subscribers Only

You may begrudge belly fat because it makes it tougher to fit into your clothes, but a bigger reason to whittle your waistline is for your health.

5 Weather-Proof Workout Strategies —Subscribers Only

Physical activity tends to dip in bad weather. Skipping exercise for long stretches could cheat your health. "Maintaining your fitness level through regular exercise confers a multitude of benefits ranging from improved insulin sensitivity to better cognitive health," says Jennifer Sacheck, PhD, an associate professor at Tufts' Friedman School. "Exercise simply should be part of your routine - rain or shine and in cold or warm weather." If the season weakens your resolve to exercise,…

Alzheimer's Diet: Will Limiting Red Meat Help Stave Off Alzheimer's?

You've heard time and again that it's not wise to eat too much red meat, especially if processed, since higher intakes are linked with increased risks of obesity, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and several cancers. A growing number of studies suggest dietary patterns high in meat may promote cognitive decline, too.

Emerging Science on White Potatoes and Disease Risk —Subscribers Only

There's a lot to like about spuds. They're super-versatile, satisfying, affordable and store well. Yet, there's concern this dietary staple may be bad for your blood sugar, heart and weight.

Ask Tufts Experts

Q. Is a 15-minute session on the stationary bike twice a day as good as 30 minutes at once?

Q. Is a 15-minute session on the stationary bike twice a day as good as 30 minutes at once?

Q. How healthy is canola oil in comparison to other oils and what are the ingredients?

Q. How healthy is canola oil in comparison to other oils and what are the ingredients?

Q. Probiotic supplements with an enteric coating claim to be better. Does that mean probiotics in yogurt and kefir do not make it to the intestine?

Q. Probiotic supplements with an enteric coating claim to be better. Does that mean probiotics in yogurt and kefir do not make it to the intestine?

Q. Does roasting vegetables at high temperatures, such as 425 degrees Fahrenheit, destroy nutrients in the vegetables?

Q. Does roasting vegetables at high temperatures, such as 425 degrees Fahrenheit, destroy nutrients in the vegetables?

NewsBites

Questioning Cranberry for Urinary Tract Infections

Cranberry juice is touted for fending off urinary tract infections (UTIs), typically signaled by frequent, burning urination. However, results from clinical trials have been inconsistent. A new study published in JAMA failed to find a benefit.

Sugary Soda Health Risks: Downplayed by Industry-Funded Research?

According to a recent analysis, 97% of studies that were independently funded (not sponsored by beverage makers) have reported that drinking sugary sodas is linked with obesity and diabetes.

More Reasons to Enjoy Oats

You've probably heard oats helps lower cholesterol, which is due to their beta-glucan soluble fiber that makes oatmeal sticky. A new British Journal of Nutrition review of 58 clinical trials on oats that involved 3,974 people across the globe expands the role of oatmeal in reducing cardiovascular risk.

Break Up Sitting for Better Blood Sugar

For every 30 minutes you spend in sedentary activity, such as watching TV or doing computer work, take a break for 3 to 5 minutes to do light activity, say new physical activity guidelines from the American Diabetes Association published in Diabetes Care.

Get Ready to Use Calorie Labeling on Menus

Mandatory calorie labeling of menu items at chain restaurants (with at least 20 locations) goes into effect nationally in May 2017, and you're likely seeing some of this labeling now.

Special Reports

Mastering Portion Control —Subscribers Only

A lot of factors likely affect how much food you eat, such as how it looks and smells, how tasty it is, how filling you believe the food will be and whether you were taught to "clean your plate" when you were young. Environmental influences, such as the size of food packages, how much food you’re served and social norms, can also have a big impact.