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Why Olive Oil is Part of Mediterranean Health

It’s no surprise that the Mediterranean diet is linked to good health. Small reliance on meat and scant use of butter limit the saturated fat that raises blood cholesterol and promotes development of other health conditions.

Obsessed with Weight and Still Overweight

Whether you count the number of people unhappy with their shape, the percentage on a diet, or the billions of dollars spent on diet programs, books, foods and supplements, the figures all show that our society has become more obsessed with weight in the past decade or two than ever before.

Good Taste Doesn’t Matter?

The amount of food you’re served influences how much you eat more than what the food tastes like. That’s the conclusion from researchers who looked at how much stale popcorn people ate when given different-sized amounts.

Men: What Eating Group Are You In?

People’s eating choices usually fall into certain patterns. A recent study of men’s eating patterns points out the various health risks each poses. Different groups of men may need to take specific steps to eat better, but some problems are unfortunately common.

How to Correct a National Shortage

The latest report card on the nutritional composition of the American diet tells us a lot about the food choices we’ve been making. If we reshape our eating patterns, we could improve our nutrient intake and lower our risk of health problems.

Soy Is Still a Puzzle

A recent study of women in a cancer risk assessment program highlights the confusion people still have about soy foods. Are you one of those women?

Measuring Body Fat: Pros and Cons

Since the health risks of being overweight are mostly related to excess fat, many people think they should check how much body fat they have. Technology to estimate body fat levels has now become readily available.

Is a Little Excess Weight a Problem?

Part of the uncertainty about the effects of moderate overweight revolves around the level of a person’s fitness compared to their fatness. Some researchers suggest that physically fit people in this category have less health risks than inactive people.

Children and Milk

Some people seem to interpret the results of a new study incorrectly by suggesting that milk drinking drives the problem of overweight among American children. A closer look at the results affirms a weight-control message long-given to adults.

How Much Vitamin E Is Enough?

Scientists still are unsure how much daily vitamin E is best. The committee that created the latest federal government’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans says that many adults and children in the U.S. may not consume optimum amounts of vitamin E.

Are You Supersizing Yourself with Fast Food?

The odds that frequently eating fast food meals can “supersize” you are real. But to prevent unwanted and unhealthy weight gain, is it enough to change your choice of food, drink, or portion sizes at fast food restaurants?

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