What Makes the Mediterranean Diet So Great?

The problem with so many diets—especially the ones with catch names—is that the guidelines are so vague that it’s almost impossible to actually follow them. Saying “eat more fish” or “cut back on carbs” sounds nice, but what does it mean? How much fish? How much carbs? A team of researchers has just come up [...]

Are Organic Foods More Nutritious than Non-Organics? Ah, Nope.

Just because a food is pesticide-free doesn’t mean it’s necessarily more nutritious, according to a study just published by the American Academy of Pediatricsp (AAP). Dr. Janet Silverstein, a professor at the University of Florida found that there is actually no nutritional difference between pesticide-free and foods that are traditionally produced. Silverstein and her colleagues analyzed a number of factors, including the effects of hormones on the food and exposure to chemicals, and even the environmental impact. And their results applied to dairy products, meats, and produce.

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Say it isn’t so: hot dogs increase cancer risk?

A new study from the British Journal of Cancer found that processed meats, including hot dogs (which, you could argue isn’t really meat at all) increase the risk of pancreatic cancer. And apparently the more you eat, the greater the risk.

I find this news terribly disappointing. For the most part, I’m a vegetarian. But my one exception (in addition to fish and shrimp) is hot dogs–especially the ones from Costco.
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