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The 10 Worst Foods For Your Heart

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To keep your heart healthy for years to come, stay away from these major sources of unhealthy fats, sugars, and sodium.
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No, don't tell me I can't eat good deli. Actually, it is one of my sinful pleasures. But, I do try to avoid most of the items on this list of worst foods for your heart. Candy, soda (including diet), sugary anything: that stuff I can avoid with ease. Fast food burgers, never eat them. Deep fried foods, blah.  But salami, ham, mortadella: we're talking serious pleasures. What are your secret pleasures that create a bit of a risk? 

Hey, at least I don't skydive. I'm too lost in space already. 
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After ‘The Biggest Loser,’ Their Bodies Fought to Regain Weight

After ‘The Biggest Loser,’ Their Bodies Fought to Regain Weight | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Contestants lost hundreds of pounds during Season 8, but a study of them helps explain why they could not keep all of that weight off.
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Over the years, many people have suggested that I diet, go to the gym, lose weight. There have been periods when for one reason or another I did thin down, and each time was followed not simply by a return to my pre-loss weight but to a heavier me. Now, at least, this study gives some notion of the whys of that unpleasant reality. Do I wish I were thin? Sure. Is that going to happen? Not likely. Which is one reason I hold my wife in such high esteem; she has been able to keep herself at a much lower weight than she once measured, and that struggle seems to be getting harder despite her best efforts. Am I the only one with this problem? I guess not. 
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The Republican war on vegetables: How new dietary guidelines brought out the GOP’s inner petulant child

The Republican war on vegetables: How new dietary guidelines brought out the GOP’s inner petulant child | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Experts say to cut down on meat for the sake of our health and the environment. Republicans react like 3-year-olds
Kenneth Weene's insight:

That diet is the issue in this report misses the real point. Of course science supports eating less meat and more fruits and vegetables. Of course science supports cutting down on meat production to reduce CO2 emissions. Of course science...Ah, wait, there's the rub, Republicans don't like science, not even when the Pope, who happens to have a science background, talks about it. The GOP is the curia of the new Dark Ages, a time when Galileo must repent because his words are not in the Bible. The GOP has become the party of faith, and that faith is the whack-a-do faith of dispensationalism, of end times and "we're gonna get you" not a faith in a rational god who created a world that works by the wonders of science. So let's just eat our steaks and ignore reality because the horsemen are coming on the morrow.

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7 more trendy superfoods that are anything but

7 more trendy superfoods that are anything but | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Some of the hippest health foods make the murkiest claims about their benefits and ethical sourcing
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For my part, I like almond flour because it has so few carbs, but for the rest of these superfood, well I pass. I'll stick with a balanced diet and stay off the carbohydrates.

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Here's How to Cut Antibiotic Use in Animals

Here's How to Cut Antibiotic Use in Animals | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A new report in the journal Science offers three solutions for the meat industry to cut back on antibiotic use in animals.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
The three recommendations are use less, which means asking farmers to take a greater risk of infection; cut meat consumption, which would make many Americans very unhappy;  and raise the cost of the medicines, which would again make farmers unhappy and which would in turn increase the cost of meat to make consumers unhappy but since that increase would be dedicated to financing research would make the board that made these suggestions very happy. Of course, one of the biggest things missing in these recommendations was improving the sanitation especially in feedlots. While that might also raise costs and prices, it would at least make for healthier and happier animals and therefore possibly even to better quality products. 

As for me, my wife observed the other day that I am far less of a meat eater than most people. "Not cheese." she added; "you're one of the biggest cheese eaters I ever met." Hmm, I wonder if there was a joke hidden in there since I also at this age often cut the cheese. 

At any rate, I am now trying to cut my meant consumption but not to anything like the 40 grams a day these researchers recommend for us all. That's hardly a burger patty let alone a serving of barbecued brisket or beef ribs. 

At any rate, eat healthy, stay happy, and read good books. Speaking of books, have you visited https://www.amazon.com/Kenneth-Weene/e/B002M3EMWU ;
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Fish oil pills: A $1.2 billion industry built, so far, on empty promises

Fish oil pills: A $1.2 billion industry built, so far, on empty promises | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The phenomenon reflects our confusion about diet and anything touted as a life-extending elixir.
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We Americans are always buying into one fad or another. Science requires replication and control for alternative explanations. However, when it comes to diet supplements and alternative medicines, the American public is willing to believe any and every one. It would be a good thing if we had a government agency responsible for evaluating scientific research and making sure that excessive claims were not being made. Instead, the government agencies that exist seem to open their own gates to the claims without due and proper evaluation. That something doesn't do harm should, IMHO, not be sufficient. That said, I will fess up, I do take one supplement about which I have no proof other than a friend's recommendation. And I do take a few vitamins, but I don''t take a lot. How about you, my friend?

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Here's the Question Your Doctor Should Be Asking You—But Isn't

Here's the Question Your Doctor Should Be Asking You—But Isn't | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Almost half of adults surveyed drank at least one soda a day
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It isn't just the sugar, but I gave up soda (including diet) years ago. Water works quite nicely. Sometimes I add fruit (fresh) and let infuse. Sometimes I'll use sparkling water. But soda—gone like tobacco and most alcohol. Does that make me dull at parties? I hope not. I find coffee and chocolate are good treats.

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The Heart Association’s Junk Science Diet

The Heart Association’s Junk Science Diet | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Science shows the low-fat diet to be BS, and yet the American Heart Association keeps touting it as the ‘heart healthy’ choice. Why? The quick answer: money, honey.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

I am trained as a psychologist not a physician, but I find myself doing much better on a low carbohydrate diet than on a "heart healthy" one. I share this piece because I think we should all be giving serious thought not only to our diets but also to what does and does not influence the supposed scientific advice of experts.

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