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Salt, Tomato Soup, and the Hypocrisy of the American Heart Association

In no uncertain terms did the American Heart Association (AHA)1 condemn a recent study by Mente et al2 in The Lancet: “The findings in this study are not valid” … “a flawed study” … “you shouldn’t use it to inform yourself about how you’re going to eat” read some of the statements in the AHA’s comment. The study in […]

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Associations of Coffee, Tea, and Caffeine Intake with Coronary Artery Calcification and Cardiovascular Events

Coffee and tea are 2 of the most commonly consumed beverages in the world. The association of coffee and tea intake with coronary artery calcium and major adverse cardiovascular events remains uncertain. Methods We examined 6508 ethnically diverse participants with available coffee and tea data from the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis. Intake for each was […]

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The Limited Public Health Impact of ‘Lifestyle’ Change

  Two main factors are responsible for premature disease and mortality. One is smoking, often referred to as a “lifestyle choice,” but better described as a “habit.” The other is poor nutrition resulting largely from the sugar, alcohol, salt, and saturated fat content (SASS components) of ready-to-consume food and drink, much of which is manufactured […]

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Nutraceuticals: Evidence of Benefit in Clinical Practice?

Nutraceuticals, according to Wikipedia, are food substances or nutritional supplements that have beneficial effects on health. They are not usually considered to be part of a normal diet, such as fruit, vegetable, fish, and meat. Rather, they are additives, usually derived from plants, which are said to be beneficial at preventing or treating illnesses. The term nutraceutical, […]

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The Impact of Aging and Medical Status on Dysgeusia

Disorders of taste and smell can cause an aversion to food in a sick patient and therefore affect his/her ability to maintain optimal nutrition. This can lead to a reduced level of strength, muscle mass, function, and quality of life. Additionally, reduced ability to differentiate between various intensities or concentrations of a tastant can result […]

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