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The Mighty Soybean

No need to fear soyfoods in your diet--they actually are beneficial.

Soyfoods have been the source of much confusion over their safety, especially the phytoestrogens. Today research confirms their safety in humans. While these molecules are structurally similar to estrogens, they act differently in humans and are much weaker. Several servings of soyfoods per day have been found to be safe and beneficial as well.

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Meta-analysis Finds Cutting the Calories Works

Popular diets yield similar weight loss results at six months.

Researchers analyzed data from 48 randomized trials of 7300 obese or overweight adults following several popular diets. Every diet studied was better than no intervention. Low-carb diets (i.e., Atkins) and low-fat diets (i.e., Ornish) resulted in the greatest weight loss at 6 months, while more moderate diets (i.e., Weight Watchers) came in a close second.

PositiveTip: Stick to any diet that restricts your calories and you will loose weight!

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U.S. FDA Releases Alert on Lupin

A new ingredient in gluten-free products may cause the same allergic reaction as peanut or soy.

Lupin is a legume from the same family as peanuts. Its high protein, high fiber, low fat composition makes it an ideal ingredient for many new gluten-free products. People with a peanut or soy allergy may react similarly to lupin, but may be unaware of its risk. Potential reactions include hives, lip swelling, vomiting, breathing difficulties or even anaphylactic shock.

PositiveTip: Read labels and avoid any products that contain lupin if you have a peanut or soy allergy.

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Still No Link Between Vaccines and Autism

Measles, mumps and rubella headed for a record year.

Background noise from vaccination foes recently increased in the blogosphere and social networks with the release of a video by Autism Media Channel on YouTube. This video features Brian Hooker "revealing" that a senior CDC official purportedly "covered up" the "truth". Read this journal article and a very insightful blog to stay accurately informed on this hot topic.

PositiveTip: Let's not turn the clock back to the middle ages by opposing vaccines that save thousands of lives each year.

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Exercise, Not Calories To Blame for Obesity Epidemic?

Inactive leisure time has soared in the last 20 years and waistlines have expanded.

Stanford researchers believe their research shows that decreased leisure exercise is the primary culprit for for our obesity epidemic. Over the past 20 years the average daily caloric intake has remained steady, but physically inactive leisure time has jumped from 19% to 52% in adult women and 11% to 44% in men.

PositiveTip: You need both a healthy diet and exercise to maintain a healthy weight, reducing exercise is always a health risk.

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Video: Can E-Cigrattes Help Smokers Stop?

At best, e-cigarettes exert a very modest effect on cessation.

The American Heart Association says there is not sufficient evidence to promote e-cigarettes as a primary aid to smoking cessation. At best they are about as effective as nicotine patches without behavioral support. They may also prevent people from seeking proven methods of quitting. The many uncertainties of e-cigarettes as a cessation tool is discussed in this short video.

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Video: A Primer on E-Cigarettes

Teens who smoke e-cigarettes are twice as likely to report intention to smoke.

The renormalization of smoking is taking place today in the form of e-cigarette use. The American Heart Association has now made some clear recommendations, largely aimed at preventing youth access to these products. If you have wondered what the fuss is all about, this short video with several health care providers will help get you up to speed on this topic.

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Fruit and Veggies Report Card

Kid’s whole fruit consumption is up, but still misses recommended targets.

A recent report from the CDC shows mixed results for children’s nutritional health. On the positive side, consumption of fruit juice is down while whole fruits are up. However vegetable intake is unchanged and the average intake of fruits and veggies for children are still below the recommended 5 servings per day.

PositiveTip: Lunch is a key time to add several servings of fruit and veggie snacks for your child.

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Eating Plant Based Extends Your Life and the Planet's

Vegetarian diet associated with less greenhouse gas production and improved life expectancy.

Researchers at Loma Linda University are providing an environmental incentive to going vegetarian. Compared to non-vegetarian diets, a plant-based diet required 30% less greenhouse gas production. Factory farming approaches to meat production take more energy and produce more waste than plant farming. In addition, researchers found mortality rates for vegetarians were 20% lower than non-vegetarians.

PositiveTip: Consider the effects of your eating choices. Will they sustain you and the planet for the long term?

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Any Movement is Good for You

Got a desk job? If you don't move all day, it may nullify your exercise attempts.

Driving, desk jobs and TV has made us a nation of sitters. We've known that's unhealthy, but new research is showing that six hours of continuous sitting affects fitness levels negatively about the same as 1 hour of exercise affects them positively. However, if you move regularly throughout the day, even just shifting in your seat, it's associated with better fitness.

PositiveTip: Take regular "move-breaks": pace on the phone, stand and think, take shorts walks.

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