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Is Salt Actually Bad for You? | Today I Found Out

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A large scientific review study shows that curcumin in turmeric has no medicinal properties — Quartz

If you like the floor turmeric imparts on the food you cook use. If your reasoning is its supposed health benefits your thinking is in error.

Forget what you’ve heard: Turmeric seems to have zero medicinal properties

Turmeric has done the full circle: from ancient remedy to hipster Western drink. Even today, Indians readily apply it on fresh wounds, chicken-pox scabs, and insect bites. Medical professionals prescribe it for urological diseases, worm infections, and even cancer. Such has been the hype that the yellow-golden spice is widely touted as a validation of traditional medicine….

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Children who drink full-fat milk end up slimmer than those on skimmed | Telegraph UK

Via Nina Teicholz on FaceBook I learned…

Children who drink full-fat milk end up slimmer than those on skimmed

But in 2009, the FSA warned that children were now consuming so much fat that it was clogging their arteries. Parents are now advised to switch their children to semi-skimmed milk from the age of two. The new research suggests such efforts could be counter-productive.

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Is Sugar Killing Us? – WSJ

Is Sugar Killing Us?

News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. Experts warn that it may have an outsize role in causing obesity and diabetes-thus increasing the risk of chronic illnesses such as heart disease At the risk of being a Grinch, the Christmas season is a pretty good time to consider the possibility that sugar is killing us.

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Sugar Industry and Coronary Heart Disease Research

On Facebook David Ludwig, M.D., PhD wrote:

An exposé in JAMA Internal Medicine shows how the sugar industry corrupted the scientific debate on heart disease, leading to a focus on reducing fat intake while ignoring sugar. It’s time to insulate food policy from industry manipulation – in government and professional nutrition associations!

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Sugar Industry and Coronary Heart Disease Research

In the 1950s, disproportionately high rates of coronary heart disease (CHD) mortality in American men led to studies of the role of dietary factors, including cholesterol, phytosterols, excessive calories, amino acids, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals in influencing CHD risk.

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How the Sugar Industry Shifted Blame to Fat – The New York Times

How the Sugar Industry Shifted Blame to Fat

The sugar industry paid scientists in the 1960s to downplay the link between sugar and heart disease and promote saturated fat as the culprit instead, newly released historical documents show.

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Is MSG Bad for You? – Reactions

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I asked 8 researchers why the science of nutrition is so messy. Here’s what they said. – Vox

Why (almost) everything you know about food is wrong

There was a time, in the distant past, when studying nutrition was a relatively simple science. In 1747, a Scottish doctor named James Lind wanted to figure out why so many sailors got scurvy, a disease that leaves sufferers exhausted and anemic, with bloody gums and missing teeth.

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Sugar addiction: the state of the science | SpringerLink

The science says despite what so many people say Sugar Is Not Addictive. Please read the paper about the study…

Sugar addiction: the state of the science

Margaret L. Westwater Brain Mapping Unit, Department of Psychiatry University of Cambridge Department of Psychiatry, Addenbrooke’s Hospital University of Cambridge Paul C.

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Decaf Coffee: Healthy or Unhealthy? | Authority Nutrition

Decaf is short for decaffeinated coffee.

It’s coffee from coffee beans that have had at least 97% of their caffeine removed. So it’s not completely caffeine free.

There are many safe ways to remove caffeine from raw coffee beans. Most of them include water, organic solvents or carbon dioxide.

This process leaves the nutritional value of decaf similar to regular coffee, apart from the caffeine content.

So there’s no issues with the caffeine removal process itself, but how does the end product compare to the health benefits of regular coffee?

Regular coffee is the biggest source of antioxidants in the Western diet, more than we get from fruits and vegetables combined. Antioxidants are molecules thought to help protect against numerous lifestyle diseases, such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease.


Decaf usually contains similar amounts of antioxidants to regular coffee, although some studies have found levels can be up to 15% lower due to losses in the decaffeination process.

Despite this potential small drop in antioxidants, numerous studies have found strong associations between decaf coffee consumption and health benefits.


Drinking coffee, both regular and decaf, has been linked with reduced risk of type 2 diabetes. Each daily cup may reduce the risk up to 7%.


The effects of decaf on liver function are not as well studied as regular coffee, but one large observational study linked decaf with reduced liver enzyme levels, which suggests a protective effect.


Drinking decaf has also been linked with a small but significant reduction in the risk of premature death, as well as death from stroke or heart disease.


Both regular and decaf coffee also seem to have positive effects on age-related mental decline, with human cell studies showing decaf may protect neurons in the brain. This could help prevent the development of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Where regular coffee has the greatest edge over decaf is all the health effects associated with caffeine, obviously. Things like improved energy, mood, metabolic rate, and athletic performance.

But otherwise decaf coffee is still a great choice if you are sensitive to caffeine or have a medical condition that will benefit from a caffeine-restricted diet.

It’s perfectly safe and carries most of the same benefits as regular coffee, just without the caffeine side effects.

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