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Katie Couric’s Sugar-Free Challenge

Posted on 05/12/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthTelevision host Katie Couric, whose new documentary, “Fed Up,” blames sugar for the country’s spiraling obesity problem, is challenging people to take a 10-day break from the sweet stuff. In an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Couric urged people to try and give up foods with added sugar, including artificial sweeteners, “which have the same impact on your brain as added sugar.” That means foods with naturally occurring sugar, including fresh fruit and plain yogurt, are fine, but options …

Ladies, That Diet Soda May Be Bad for Your Heart

Posted on 04/2/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthHealthy, postmenopausal women who drink two or more diet sodas a day are at a higher risk for heart attack, stroke and even death, according to a large new national study. The research looked at diet-soda intake and heart health in nearly 60,000 women participating in the national Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study, which investigates health risk factors for women ages 50 to 79. The average age of the women in this study was nearly 63, and none had a …

FDA’s New Food Label: Serving Up a Reality Check

Posted on 02/27/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthAfter two decades, the nutrition labels on the food products we buy are getting a much-needed update, with proposed changes that provide a more realistic picture of the serving size, calories and added sugar those products contain. The changes were unveiled today at the White House as part of the fourth anniversary of the first lady’s Let’s Move! antiobesity campaign. For consumers, the new labels could serve up a major reality check: The serving size for ice cream, for example, …

Encuentran colorante cancerígeno en sodas

Posted on 01/27/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

En EspañolOtra vez las sodas o refrescos vuelven a las noticias y de manera negativa. En esta ocasión la Administración de Alimentos y Medicamentos (FDA, por sus siglas en inglés) está investigando el colorante que se usa en algunas sodas, maltas —y hasta alimentos— para darles ese tono caramelo, tan apetitoso a la vista. Dicho colorante artificial contiene un químico cancerígeno llamado 4-metilimidazol (4-MEI), según un reciente estudio realizado por Consumer Reports. Esta organización basa su aseveración en una investigación realizada …

What’s in Your Soda? FDA Looking at Caramel Coloring

Posted on 01/24/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthCaramel coloring, the stuff used to give sodas their brown color, may sound harmless, but a new study shows it can contain a chemical that’s been linked to cancer — and the Food and Drug Administration is checking it out. Consumer Reports said it found higher-than-necessary levels of a compound called 4-methylimidazole, or 4-MEI, in a dozen brands of soda; 4-MEI is an impurity that can form in the manufacture of the coloring. The drinks tested by Consumer Reports were …

Diet Soda: Zero Calories, But Still Makes You Fat

Posted on 07/10/2012 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthRegular soda is full of sugar and calories that can make you fat, but what about no-calorie, diet soda? Shouldn’t it help keep you from gaining weight? A growing number of studies say no. In fact, drinking diet soda seems to have the same effect on your waistline as regular sodas, causing weight gain and a craving for more sugar, reports Msnbc.com. A new paper published in Obesity Reviews finds that consuming large amounts of fructose (a type of sugar), artificial sweeteners, and …