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Is Something Wrong with Our Modern Diet?

Is Something Wrong with Our Modern Diet? | Health and Nutrition | Scoop.it
According to Kris Gunnars, the modern diet is the main reason why people today are fatter and sicker than before.
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Revealing article providing of visual glimpse of processed foods and the rapid rise of chronic diseases like obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease.

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Health, Happiness, and the New Walking Movement

Health, Happiness, and the New Walking Movement | Health and Nutrition | Scoop.it

Researchers have discovered a “wonder drug” for many of today’s most common medical problems. It’s been proven to help treat or prevent diabetes, depression, breast and colon cancer, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, obesity, anxiety and osteoporosis ...



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From the Article:  Three factors that make walking the most effective treatment:

1) Low or no cost; 2) Simple to do for people of all ages, incomes and fitness levels; 3) Walking is Americans’ favorite physical activity, so you are more likely to stick with a walking program than with other fitness prescriptions.


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The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food

The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food | Health and Nutrition | Scoop.it

Inside the hyperengineered, savagely marketed, addiction-creating battle for American "stomach share."

 

[Adapted from “Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us,” by Michael Moss, an investigative reporter for The Times.]

 

The public and the food companies have known for decades now that sugary, salty, fatty foods are not good for us in the quantities that we consume them. So why are the diabetes and obesity and hypertension numbers still spiraling out of control? It’s not just a matter of poor willpower on the part of the consumer and a give-the-people-what-they-want attitude on the part of the food manufacturers. What I found, over four years of research and reporting, was a conscious effort — taking place in labs and marketing meetings and grocery-store aisles — to get people hooked on foods that are convenient and inexpensive.

 

I talked to more than 300 people in or formerly employed by the processed-food industry, from scientists to marketers to C.E.O.’s. Some were willing whistle-blowers, while others spoke reluctantly when presented with some of the thousands of pages of secret memos that I obtained from inside the food industry’s operations.

 

What follows is a series of small case studies of a handful of characters whose work then, and perspective now, sheds light on how the foods are created and sold to people who, while not powerless, are extremely vulnerable to the intensity of these companies’ industrial formulations and selling campaigns.


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This is a long and thorough excerpt from the book on newyorktimes.com and is a MUST-READ.

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Diet and Disease: A Real Relationship

Diet and Disease: A Real Relationship | Health and Nutrition | Scoop.it
What we ingest impacts our health one way or another. Many doctors aren't educated in nutrition, so we need to learn for ourselves what's best.
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What You Need to Know About GMOs - Amy Myers MD

What You Need to Know About GMOs - Amy Myers MD | Health and Nutrition | Scoop.it
What You Need to Know About GMOs - The health impact of eating GMOs is not well understood. Here are 5 ways to avoid these potentially problematic foods.
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The massive amount of herbicides used on GMO crops is devastating. These chemicals WILL eventually make their way into the body via the food we eat and increase the risk of disease including thyroid cancer, kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and infertility.

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'Resistant' starches heal the colon, prevent cancer

'Resistant' starches heal the colon, prevent cancer | Health and Nutrition | Scoop.it

Resistant starches thicken the linings of the bowels, allowing for more good bacteria to grow and help with digestion. Resistant are certain kinds of carbohydrates that resist digestion in the small intestine and enter into the large intestine, or colon, mostly in the same form they entered your mouth. These starches — found in seed hulls, parts of corn and beans, and in room-temperature rice and pasta — can ferment in the colon to promote the growth of "good" bacteria and have many other beneficial effects.

 

Resistant starch might sound like some kind of miracle cure-all, but independent studies have found this substance, more so than ordinary dietary fiber, can help: kill precancerous polyps in the colon; prevent diabetes by improving insulin sensitivity and regulating blood sugar; maintain healthy body weight; reduce inflammation; prevent or treat inflammatory bowel disease; and help promote the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut.


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Why Your Health Is Bigger Than Your Body

Why Your Health Is Bigger Than Your Body | Health and Nutrition | Scoop.it

The Ecological Paradigm of Health. The Harvard-educated physician, frustrated by the limitations of science in combating disease, believes that finding answers to the most persistent medical challenges of our time—conditions that now threaten to overwhelm our health care system—depends on understanding the human body as a system nested within a series of other, larger systems: one’s family and community, environment, culture, and socioeconomic class, all of which affect each other.

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Oh, Baby: There May Be Arsenic in Your Formula | Healthland | TIME.com

Oh, Baby: There May Be Arsenic in Your Formula | Healthland | TIME.com | Health and Nutrition | Scoop.it
No surprise here: arsenic is not good for you. In high doses, of course, it's a deadly poison, but even at lower levels exposure to arsenic can raise the risks of cancer and heart disease.
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