July 25, 2014

Does Industry Funding Influence Research?

industry funding blog Does Industry Funding Influence Research?

A recent study published in the peer-reviewed medical journal, Obesity, found that participants who consumed artificially sweetened beverages on a reduced calorie diet were just as successful at losing weight in 12 weeks as a group that drank only water. (1) In fact, the diet drink group lost an average of 12 pounds compared to 9 pounds in the water group. Conducted by well-respected obesity researchers from the University of Colorado and Temple University, the study was funded through an unrestricted grant from the American Beverage Association (ABA). So what did the media headlines herald? “Diet soda helps weight loss, industry-funded study finds,” “Industry-funded study implies diet soda is superior to water for weight loss” and “Could Diet Soda Really Be Better Than Water For Weight Loss?” The reader is left with the impression that the study results are questionable because it was funded by the beverage industry and that drinking diet sodas is better than drinking water. Let’s take a closer look at both of these ideas. (more…)

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July 24, 2014

Skinny Recipe: Gazpacho Soup

This chilled soup is very refreshing and simple to prepare. Perfect for those sweltering summer days when the last thing you want to do is turn on the oven or a burner. The soup is naturally vegan and gluten-free!

For a full meal, serve with a salad like this TexMex Cobb and spice things up by adding a dash of cayenne pepper to the soup. Or bring out the sweetness by pairing the gazpacho with this Strawberry Avocado Salad.

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Photo courtesy Flicker user Cyclone Bill

Tell me in the comments: What’s your favorite no-cook summer meal?


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July 23, 2014

Quick Tip: Incorporate Whole Grains

Make buckwheat pancakes. Serve stir-fry over bulgur. Substitute millet for rice in curry dishes. Whole grains have more fiber and nutrients than refined carbohydrates so they’ll keep you feeling fuller, longer.

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July 22, 2014

New Study: Sucralose Can Help Type 2 Diabetics

Sharing dessert New Study: Sucralose Can Help Type 2 Diabetics

Enjoying desserts as part of a healthy diet can be challenging for people with diabetes, especially in the summertime and around holidays when there are cupcakes, ice cream and pies galore!  But new research published this week in The Review of Diabetic Studies suggests that some desserts made with added fiber and sucralose (a no calorie sweetener), instead of sugar, may help type 2 diabetics maintain their blood sugar and insulin levels.


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