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February 5, 2014 - 1:10pm

Diet and exercise are both important for weight loss. What you eat affects your health and physical activity has numerous health benefits. But, if you really want to see that number on the scale drop, what you put in your mouth matters most. People who simply cut calories to slim down lose about 2 pounds a week, says a study in the International Journal of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorders. At the same time, people who exercise but don’t restrict calories drop less than half a pound each week.

Related: See how many minutes of exercise it takes to burn off popular appetizers.

Why doesn’t physical activity produce the same pound-dropping results as calorie restriction? One thought is...

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January 27, 2014 - 10:12am

A new study by Consumer Reports may make you think twice before reaching for a soda (and it’s not about sugar or artificial sweeteners). Some types of caramel color, an additive found in many colas, contain a compound (4-MEI) that may cause cancer, according to some animal studies. Recently, California’s Environmental Protection Agency began requiring a cancer warning for products with 4-MEI that exceeded the state’s recommended limit. As a result, Coca-Cola reformulated their colas sold in the U.S. to use a 4-MEI-free caramel color, and PepsiCo pledged to do the same by February 2014. Yet, when Consumer Reports tested various colas purchased last year, they found some that far exceeded the recommended 4-MEI limit set by California. Of the reformulated sodas they tested, some had low levels but others were higher than expected. The FDA maintains its position...

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January 22, 2014 - 12:22pm

Energy drink sales are skyrocketing: from 2011 to 2012 they grew by 14 percent, a bigger jump than any other beverage category! That’s not too surprising—who doesn’t want to catch a second (or third) wind?

Don’t Miss: The EatingWell Energy Drink

But are some drinks better than others? Here we take a look at the calories, sugar and caffeine in some of the most popular energy drinks on the market.

Don’t Miss: Are Energy Drinks Bad for You? Learn About the Health Side Effects of Energy Drinks Here

The Best: McDonald’s Coffee
(large, 16 oz., black): 0 calories, 0 g...

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January 15, 2014 - 10:20am

Imagine if there was a food (or category of foods) that could single-handedly lengthen your life.

Well, such a wonder food may actually exist.

A new study published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), showed that people who ate a 1-ounce serving of nuts seven or more times each week had a 20 percent lower death rate than those who didn’t eat any.

It’s important to note this was merely an observational study, and not one where researchers controlled which group of participants ate nuts (and how much) and then studied who lived longer. Yet the positive findings in this study support the abundance of other data demonstrating the health benefits of eating nuts, including lowering risk of heart disease, cancer and stroke.

For example, another recent study—this one published in Metabolism—showed men and...

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January 3, 2014 - 9:42am

Find out whether there are health benefits to taking krill oil instead of fish oil and whether you should take a krill oil supplement.


As its name implies, krill oil is oil extracted from krill—tiny sea-dwelling crustaceans—and made into a soft-gel capsule. Krill are a rich source of DHA and EPA, omega-3 fats that promote heart and brain health and reduce inflammation.

Krill oil is often touted as a supplement superior to fish oil: preliminary research suggests that our bodies better absorb omega-3s from krill oil than from fish oil. In other words, you’d need a smaller dose of omega-3s if they’re coming from krill. But here’s the catch: to get enough omega-3s you’d still have to actually swallow more krill-oil pills than fish-oil pills, because the amount of DHA and EPA in a single krill-oil pill is typically much lower. And krill...

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