Nutrition Diet & Health

1:46pm

Thu April 3, 2014
The Salt

Time To Relax The Sodium Guidelines? Some Docs Say Not So Fast

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 4:50 pm

Consuming anywhere from about 2,600 milligrams up to almost 5,000 milligrams of sodium per day is associated with more favorable health outcomes, according to a study.
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We've all heard the advice to go easy on the salt shaker. Or, perhaps, more importantly, to cut back on eating packaged, processed foods that often contain a lot of salt.

And why? There's a lot of evidence linking excessive sodium intake to high blood pressure, which increases the risk of heart disease.

The dietary guidelines recommend that adults consume no more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day.

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1:31am

Mon March 31, 2014
The Salt

Rethinking Fat: The Case For Adding Some Into Your Diet

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 1:10 pm

Nutrition researchers are reaching a new consensus: Cut back on all those refined carbs. And remember that some fat is good.
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Remember the fat-free boom that swept the country in the 1990s? Yes, we know from the Salt readers who took our informal survey that lots of you tried to follow it. And gave up.

"I definitely remember eating fat-free cookies, fat–free pudding, fat-free cheese, which was awful," Elizabeth Stafford, an attorney from North Carolina, told us in the survey.

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1:27am

Fri March 28, 2014
The Salt

Why We Got Fatter During The Fat-Free Food Boom

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 9:24 am

The 1990s were rife with low-fat packaged snacks, from potato chips to cookies.
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If you want to trace Americans' fear of fat, the place to start is the U.S. Senate, during the steamy days of July 1976.

That's when Sen. George McGovern called a hearing to raise attention to the links between diet and disease.

And what was the urgency? The economy was booming, and many Americans were living high on the hog. A 1954 Capitol Hill restaurant menu offers a glimpse of what lunch looked like then: steak with claret sauce, buttered succotash and pineapple cheesecake. But soon, that prosperity began to cast a dark shadow within the halls of Congress.

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11:37am

Mon March 24, 2014
The Salt

Apples Vs. Oranges: Google Tool Offers Ultimate Nutrition Smackdown

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 3:31 pm

Oranges and apples in a row.
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Leave it to the folks at Reddit to uncover the hidden treasures of the Internet. Recently, they were gabbing about Google's nutrition comparison tool, which was quietly launched at the end of 2013 and escaped us here at The Salt.

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8:33am

Thu March 20, 2014
The Salt

French-Fry Conspiracy: Genes Can Make Fried Foods More Fattening

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 11:11 am

Oh, these look good! But how much the fries hurt your waistline depends not only on how many you eat but also your DNA.
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When it comes to fried foods, sometimes I feel cursed.

My husband can eat as many spicy, crispy chicken sandwiches as he wants and never gain a pound. But for me, just smelling the chicken fryer seems to expand my waistline.

Now doctors at the Harvard School of Public Health show what we've all suspected: Some people do indeed pay a higher price for indulging in French fries and Tater Tots. And we have Mom and Dad to blame for it.

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