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Nutrition

Is Everything We Know About Breakfast Wrong?

familyeatingbreakfastEating breakfast is supposed to make you smarter, help you lose weight and cut down on heart attacks -- or so everyone says. Now new findings from two randomized controlled trials are poking holes in our common acceptance of the morning meal as a panacea.

Most of the research on breakfast comes from long-term observational studies, which collect a large amount of data on the habits of individuals within the context of their daily lives.

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Ask a scientist: Is Honey Healthier than Sugar?

honeythansugarThe Scientist: Keith Kantor, Ph.D., a nutritionist and author of the children's book The Green Box League of Nutritious Justice

The Answer: Sugar is sugar. And honey is (mostly) sugar. But if you're choosing between the two from a health perspective, err on the side of the sticky stuff.

Your body breaks food down into glucose in order to use it for fuel. The more complex a food -- namely a carbohydrate -- is, the more work it takes to break it down. Sugar is made of 50 percent glucose and 50 percent fructose, the sugar typically found in fruits, and is broken down very easily, leading to a surge of blood glucose.

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Here's Why Soda Is Even More Unhealthy Than You Thought

sodadrinkingproblemOn nutrition labels, sugar is just sugar. But when it comes to how the body metabolizes that sugar, there are two very different molecules that make up what we think of as table sugar. There's glucose, the more easily metabolized of the two that provides most of the body’s energy, and fructose, which can only be processed in the liver and is associated with Type 2 diabetes and obesity.

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The New Rules of Healthy Cooking

butter2014Old rule: Butter is evil.

New rule: Butter belongs in your kitchen. "Butter is back," declared food writer Mark Bittman in The New York Times earlier this year, citing new research showing there's no evidence to support the idea that saturated fat increases the risk of heart disease.

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