Do you ever wonder if it’s safe to consume the “artifi- cial colors” listed on certain food items, or if ingesting the “nitrates” listed on pre- packaged lunchmeat labels is healthy?
Group, a research and advo- cacy nonprofit whose mis- sion is to use the power of public information to protect public health and the envi- ronment, has some distinct ideas about these and other
food additives. EWG recently published the “Dirty Dozen Guide to Food Additives,” a list designed to help consum- ers figure out which additives to avoid and why.
Which artificial sweetener is 20,000 times sweeter than sugar and appears to be safe--even though it’s derived in part from an unsafe sweetener? What are the healthiest drinksforweightloss? Canartificialsweetenersleadto diabetes? Dodietsodasfosteratasteforsweets?Those are the kinds of questions that scientists at the Center for Science in the Public Interest answer in a new report titled “Sweet Nothings: Safe . . . Or Scary?
At any given time, over 100 million Americans are on a diet (MarketResearch .com 2014). That’s about a third of the U.S. population. Despite the hundreds of best- seller diet books and the $60-plus billion Americans spend trying to lose weight each year (Marketdata Enterprises 2014), permanent weight loss remains elusive for most. Even so, dozens of diets remain on the market, each with ardent followers and outspoken opponents.
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People around the world are getting more thoughtful about their food and are seeking quality, sustainability and big flavor on the plate.
Largely driven by chefs, microbakers, microbrewers and small-operation farmers, the growing trend for reviving our culinary history includes dogged pursuit and then loving cultivation of near-extinct heirloom crops and livestock. Dedicated artisans are bringing back some foods from the brink of extinction.
Question: I keep hearing and reading about the alkaline diet. Can you explain how it works and if it’s as good as it appears to be?
Answer: You are right—the alkaline diet seems to be having “a moment.” While the theory behind the diet has yet to be scientifically proven, at its core it is a healthy regimen.
THE BODY’S PH
A new study shows that the widespread use of artificial sweeteners in drinks and food may cause certain gut bacteria to induce glucose intolerance and metabolic disease, both significant markers for obesity and diabetes.
Long promoted as aids to weight loss and diabetes prevention, artificial sweeteners may actually affect the composition and function of your gut’s microorganisms, disturbing their balance and hastening metabolic changes. Published last September in the journal Nature, the study outlines the results of trials conducted on both mice and humans.