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Trans Fats: The Poison in Our Food

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Once-Touted Fat Now Demonized

By Kim Severson and Melanie Warner

New York Times

An artificial fat once embraced as a cheap and seemingly healthy alternative to saturated fats like butter or tropical oils, partially hydrogenated oil has been the food industry’s favorite cooking medium for decades. It makes french fries crisp and sweets creamy, and keeps packaged pastries fresh for months.

But scientists contend that trans fat, a component of the oil, is more dangerous than the fat it replaced. Studies show trans ...

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Children’s Cholesterol Levels have Decreased, Study Says

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Published August 08, 2012

Kids’ cholesterol levels have decreased in the past decade, according to a government study.

The results are surprising, given that the childhood obesity rate didn’t budge. How can that be?

Some experts think that while most kids may not be eating less or exercising more, they may be getting fewer trans fats. That’s because the artery-clogging ingredient has been removed or reduced in many processed or fried foods such as doughnuts, cookies and french fries.

“That’s my leading theory,” said ...

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Artificial Butter Linked to Alzheimer’s

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Friday, August 3, 2012 11:19 AM

By Nick Tate

A new study is raising concern about chronic exposure to an artificial butter flavoring ingredient used in some margarines, microwave popcorn, snack foods, candy, baked goods, pet foods and other products.

The study, published in the American Chemical Society journal Chemical Research in Toxicology, has found the ingredient – diacetyl (DA) – intensifies the damaging effects of an abnormal brain protein linked to Alzheimer’s disease.

Past studies have linked DA to respiratory and other problems ...

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Nature Valley brand targeted in ‘natural’ lawsuit

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Aug. 1, 2012

General Mills may be in hot water due to a lawsuit over their Nature Valley brand. The latest “natural lawsuit” leads us to question who is responsible for feeding us unhealthy foods: ourselves or food companies?

And let the “natural” games continue.

Two California mothers are suing General Mills in regards to its Nature Valley brand, according to a recent article in the New York Times. Fed up with deceptive marketing surrounding Nature Valley—depicted in its television commercials, social media ...

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Honest people stay healthier and happier

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Associated Press – 8/6/2012

Being honest may actually improve your health suggests a study that found that telling fewer lies benefits people physically and mentally.

For this ‘honesty experiment’, research from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, studied 110 individuals aged 18 to 71 over a 10-week period.

Each week, the participants visited a laboratory to complete health and relationship measures and to take a polygraph test assessing the number of major lies and white lies they had told that week.

“Recent evidence indicates ...

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