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How can I lower my cholesterol, aside from dietary changes?
How can I help reduce fat inflammation in my body?
How can I cut out excess sugar in my diet?
Many studies (including earlier NHANES reports) show that sugary soft drinks contribute more calories to the U.S. diet than any other single food or beverage. One 12-oz can of soda contains about 40 to 50 grams of sugar, depending on the type of soda. That’s equivalent to 10 to 12 teaspoons of sugar. Guzzle a 32-oz jumbo drink from a fast-food restaurant or convenience store, and you’ll take in 23 teaspoons of sugar. But sodas aren’t the only problem. Lots of hidden sugars find their way into processed foods in the form of high-fructose corn syrup and other sweeteners.
How do isoflavones improve blood pressure?
How can too much salt be harmful to your health?
Are there drawbacks to drinking a lot of coffee?
Besides chocolate, what other foods contain flavonoids?
Are certain foods associated with greater weight gain than others?
Yes. Some studies found that potato chips are more strongly associated with weight gain, followed by potatoes, sugar-sweetened beverages, unprocessed red meats and processed meats.
Are carbohydrates unhealthy?
Does replacing regular soda with diet soft drinks reduce extra sugar and calorie consumption?
It’s true that diet soft drinks don’t contain sugar, so switching from sugary soft drinks to diet drinks can help reduce excess sugar and calorie consumption. However, it’s still important to look at the overall quality of the diet. In this study, teens who consumed lots of sugar also consumed less protein and fiber. If teens switch to diet drinks but continue to eat the same way, they are likely to be missing out on important nutrients they need for good health. The study didn’t comment on the intake of calcium and other minerals and vitamins, but filling up on sodas, even if they’re diet sodas, may mean that a teen is not drinking enough milk or eating a balanced diet. In addition, many sodas contain caffeine, and cola drinks contain high levels of phosphates. A diet that’s high in phosphates but low in calcium can lead to weaker bones, a special concern for girls.
Does coffee have other health benefits?
How accurate is nutritional information in fast-food and sit-down restaurants?
Many studies have shown that drinking coffee on a daily basis is safe for the heart and may actually reduce risk for heart disease. For most healthy adults, moderate coffee consumption can be part of a healthy diet, and for individuals that experience side effects from coffee, decaffeinated coffee can be a useful alternative.
In which types of foods are n-3 PUFAs found?
Should pregnant women give up coffee?
Is television watching associated with weight gain?
How does chocolate help with weight control?
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