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One Major Effect Drinking Beer Has on Heart Disease, New Study Says

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The American Heart Association has stated that around 121.5 million Americans suffer from some form of cardiovascular disease (CVD), and that by the year 2035, 45% of all Americans will have some form of heart disease. Interestingly, if you're someone who's been diagnosed with heart disease and partake in occasional, moderate drinking , a new study suggests that particular pattern may not only be unnecessary for you to change, but it could actually help prevent you from experiencing more related conditions. This week, a team of public health and cardiology researchers in the U.K. published a study in the peer-reviewed medical journal, BMC Medicine . They were aware that past studies had found "light-to-moderate alcohol consumption has been reported to be cardio-protective among apparently healthy individuals." So, the team set out to investigate whether alcohol shows some benefit to individuals who have already been diagnosed with heart disease. RELATED:  15

One Major Side Effect of Drinking Too Much Coffee, New Study Says

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Lately, it seems like study after study has confirmed the health benefits of coffee . (One of the latest? Coffee is even good for your immunity .) However, a group of public health and psychiatry researchers in Australia have just discovered something important when it comes to coffee's effects on the brain—including dementia . Their findings also highlighted something important for non-coffee drinkers. Keep reading…and check out  One Major Side Effect of Drinking Your Coffee Before Breakfast, Expert Says . They set out to find the effects of coffee on the brain and nervous system. A study has recently been published in the journal Nutritional Neuroscience , wherein researchers analyzed the levels of habitual coffee consumption among 400,000 participants between the ages of 37 and 73 years from the U.K. Biobank. Of those, the research team had access to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) results for 17,700 to measure brain volume. They found coffee affects learning and m

These 7 Cancers Are Caused by Alcohol Use, New Study Says

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If you've relaxed your self-discipline lately, this might give you a reason to reel things in: A new study just published this week points to alcohol use as a major risk factor for seven serious types of cancer , with statistics affecting men and women that will probably make you think. A new cancer study was published July 13 in the peer-reviewed journal, The Lancet Oncology , conducted by a group of researchers from mental health and cancer research institutions in the U.S., Canada, France, and Nigeria. In it, the research team asserted that alcohol consumption is rising in countries in China, India, Vietnam, and many countries in sub-Saharan Africa. They added that globally, 6.3 million individuals died in 2020 from cancers of the esophagus, throat, larynx, colon, rectum, liver, and breast (this applied to breast cancer in women, though men can get breast cancer, too). While this initial statistic stands out—and while the researchers suggest that lessening alcohol use can ac

One Major Effect of Eating Whole Grains, New Study Says

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As if you needed a reason to slice into a healthy loaf of whole grain bread , a new study has revealed how powerful eating a healthy amount of whole grains each day can be to your health . We've got the exact amount the researchers suggest you should eat, with the intriguing mechanism behind this physiological effect. For a new study published this past week in the peer-reviewed Journal of Nutrition , a team of nutrition epidemiology researchers from Tufts and Harvard universities analyzed the diet habits of 3,100 individuals. Starting when the study participants were in their fifties, the researchers checked in once every four years over an 18-year span to collect medical data from them. RELATED:  7 Healthiest Foods to Eat Right Now A prevalent finding among the study population was that individuals who ate three or more daily servings of whole grains over the 18-year period experienced "a lower average increase in waist size (a half-inch compared to one inch) and a great

One Major Effect Coffee Has on Your Immune System, New Study Says

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How much do you love coffee —should we count the ways? Recently, we shared new insight about the beneficial effect of coffee on your liver health … but now, in perhaps an even more timely discovery, a team of medical researchers has just identified a strong link between how much coffee an individual drinks and how likely that person is to come down with COVID-19. We explain it. In a study just published in the peer-reviewed scientific journal, Nutrients , a group of researchers at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine accessed dietary data on 38,000 participants from the UK's Biobank. Keep reading to learn what they found about the effect of coffee on your immune system; specifically in fighting COVID-19. Also, catch up on One Major Side Effect of Drinking Your Coffee Before Breakfast, Expert Says . The researchers compared self-reported diet habits against COVID-19 infection records. To start, the researchers referred back to self-reported baseline diet

This Is the Exact Amount of Alcohol That Derails Weight Loss, New Study Says

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You've cut fat and sugar , you're exercising regularly, and you can't help but notice that still, that bit of extra weight is not exactly melting off… so, if you're being honest with yourself, is there maybe one more lifestyle choice that could zap away those unwanted pounds, if you'd be willing to try it? There is, according to a team of food science researchers who have determined how much alcohol affects your ability to lose weight. It's not just the calories, people—there's deeper science behind why drinking is a weight-loss foe. Keep reading to learn how much alcohol these nutrition pros say you can have and still lose weight. Also, don't miss What Happens To Your Liver When You Drink Beer . To start, their approach was thorough. Recently, a team of nutrition and food science researchers representing universities, clinics, and hospitals throughout Spain collaborated to review what they say were "all prospective clinical studies and s

These Snack Foods May Help Prevent Heart Disease, New Study Says

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There are plenty of different things that could make a snack healthy . Maybe your body needs more vitamins, so fruits and vegetables are the right choices. Maybe you need something filling to help tide you over until dinner, which means you'll want a snack that contains protein, healthy fats, and fiber, such as peanut butter on whole-wheat toast or cheese and nuts. As it turns out, there may be one type of snack that could not only keep you satiated throughout the day, but could also lend your gut some support. In part, this could potentially even help you prevent cardiovascular disease. According to new research, snacks fortified with a range of different plant fibers could be able to change your gut microbiome for the better and as a result, keep your heart healthy. RELATED:  15 Prebiotic Foods for Your Probiotic Efforts The study , published in the journal Nature , looked at how adding various combinations of four different kinds of plant fibers can affect gut microbiota,

4 Major Effects Drinking Beer Has on Your Health, New Study Says

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From old-school favorites to current fads , some could argue that beer lovers have never celebrated the beverage quite as passionately as they are right now. If you're one of them, researchers have identified a few key benefits that beer may have on your longterm health. Salut! Before we explore what this study uncovered, it might be prudent to note: We're not promoting heavy drinking, or even alcoholic drinking at all. In this meta-analysis, which was recently published in the international, peer-reviewed journal Nutrients , a team of nutrition and food science researchers in Spain examined studies from 2007 to 2020 that had all considered the effects of mostly alcoholic beverages on health. However, some of the studies they reviewed suggested that naturally occurring nutrients in the beer, and not the alcohol itself, were what delivered some of these health benefits. Since the choice of non-alcoholic beers has never been more abundant, parts of this study also mean good ne

One Major Effect of Drinking Cranberry Juice, New Study Says

For years, you've probably heard that cranberry juice is good for your urinary health ( which is true ), or even that it's beneficial to your gut health (also demonstrated to be accurate). Now, an intriguing study has uncovered yet another advantage of drinking the juice of this tart little berry. Keep reading—this might make you smile. A study published June 28 in the peer-reviewed journal Beverages found, to put it scientifically, that "Polyphenols in edible berries and tea plant ( Camellia sinensis ) suppressed virulence factors of oral pathogens." To break that down, a team of researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago's School of Dentistry has found that juice from some berries that are high in antioxidants, such as cranberry juice, may inhibit the growth of bacteria that cause tooth decay. RELATED:  Popular Costco Foods That Are Making You Gain Weight, Say Dietitians Specifically, the team set out to see whether there was any effect on pedia

This One Diet Change Can Reduce Your Migraines, New Study Says

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Although medication can help prevent and treat migraines to some degree, a new study in The BMJ suggests complementing that approach with dietary changes could make a big difference—specifically, by modifying the type of fat you're eating. Researchers looked at 182 people diagnosed with frequent migraines and split them up into three groups for 16 weeks. One was a standard U.S. diet with an average amount of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, while a second group increased its omega-3s and maintained their omega-6 levels. The third group ate meals that were significantly lower in omega-6s and much higher in omega-3s. RELATED:  26 Best Omega-3 Foods to Fight Inflammation and Support Heart Health The standard group didn't see much change, but as the omega-3s increased, the incidence of pain went down in the other groups. The group that consumed the least omega-6s saw the biggest improvement. That falls in line with other research on healthy fats and brain function, according

This Popular Snack Can Shorten Your Life, New Study Says

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Starchy snacks, especially those made from white potatoes—like potato chips —can shorten your life by putting you at higher risk for cardiovascular disease, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association . Researchers looked at just over 21,000 participants in a large nutrition survey in the U.S., from 2003 to 2014. Categorizing their dietary patterns, they analyzed what type of food was consumed at each meal and subsequent health outcomes at the end of the survey period. Those who ate starchy snacks (rather than snacks from grains, fruit, or dairy) had up to 57% increased risk for cardiovascular-related death. Those who snacked on the other, healthier options had a reduced risk, not only from heart issues but also cancer. RELATED:  One Dangerous Side Effect of Eating Too Much Southern Food, New Study Says Although other types of food raised risk, particularly refined grains and cured meat , it was the snacks that seemed to be especially problem

One Dangerous Side Effect of Eating Too Much Southern Food, New Study Says

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From gumbo to grits, Southern food is a staple in countless U.S. homes. However, eating this type of regional cuisine could have serious consequences for your health, according to a new study published in the June 30, 2021 volume of the Journal of the American Heart Association . Keep reading to find out the study's key findings about eating too much Southern food—and what you can be adding to your diet instead to improve your health. And for more, check out The 50 Foods That Have Been Linked to Heart Disease . What the researchers found about eating Southern food To conduct their investigation, researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Weill Cornell Medicine, and Food Matters, LLC, examined data from 21,000 adults aged 45 or older who participated in the Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) study. The researchers assessed participants' self-reported food consumption habits and rates of sudden cardiac death (SCD), finding th

Eating This Type of Chocolate May Burn More Fat, New Study Says

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Calling all chocoholics! In addition to the antioxidants and other health benefits of eating chocolate , a new study suggests that a particular type of chocolate may actually help you slim down, along with when you eat it. And, if you think you've guessed which type of chocolate these scientists are shouting out, then so much about these findings is likely to blow your mind. Check out the chocolate that researchers found to support weight loss efforts, and read One Major Effect Coffee Has on Your Metabolism, Expert Says . 1 They tested women. A study at Brigham and Women's Hospital published this week in the Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology   set out to examine whether eating 100 grams (about 3.5 ounces) of chocolate at different times of day affected metabolism in postmenopausal women. To start, 19 women were divided into three groups: one group ate chocolate in the morning, while another ate at night. The third group ate no ch

These 14 Popular Weight Loss Supplements Do Not Work, New Study Says

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Whether you're trying to shed a few pounds by ramping up your exercise routine or counting calories , losing weight is no easy feat. For many people, the difficulty associated with dropping pounds makes it tempting to try alternative means of losing weight, like taking dietary supplements or relying on alternative therapies that claim to make slimming down easier. The only problem? According to a new study, they simply don't work. New research published in the June 23, 2021 volume of the journal Obesity reveals that many popular weight loss supplements and therapies do precious little to aid weight loss. To come to this conclusion, researchers from Dartmouth-Hitchcock, the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, and The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice conducted a systematic review of 315 randomized controlled trials that aimed to determine the relative efficacy of various dietary supplements and alternative therapies for weight loss. Among these

These Foods Can Wreak Havoc on Your Skin, New Study Says

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Is your skin looking a little blotchy or dull? Or even worse, is that pesky skin disorder flaring up more than usual? According to a new study, your diet could be to blame. New research from the University of California Davis Health finds that the key to healthier skin and joints may have to do with what you're fueling your gut microorganisms with. More specifically, a diet that's high in sugar and saturated fats (aka processed foods) disrupts the balance of bacteria in the gut and could contribute to inflammatory skin conditions such as psoriasis. RELATED:  The Worst Food To Eat That Ages You Faster, Says Science The study, which was published in the  Journal of Investigative Dermatology , suggests that switching from a Western diet–or one that's filled with fast food and other heavily processed items—to a more balanced diet can restore gut health. In turn, a diet full of anti-inflammatory fruits and vegetables can then suppress skin inflammation. "Earlier

One Major Side Effect of Skipping Breakfast, New Study Says

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How many times did you hear that breakfast is the most important meal of the day while growing up? Chances are, too many times to count. However, new research out of The Ohio State University suggests that old saying holds some truth. The study, which was published in the journal  Proceedings of the Nutrition Society , found that adults who skip breakfast are more likely to miss out on several key nutrients and make unhealthier choices throughout the day. After analyzing data from more than 30,000 American adults, it became clear that those who skip breakfast are more likely to miss out on calcium from milk, vitamin C from fruit, as well as myriad other vitamins and minerals you'd find in fortified cereals , including vitamin D and iron. Read on to find out more about what this new study found. And for more, make sure to catch the  7 Best Oat Milk Brands to Buy, According to Dietitians . Skipping breakfast could be the reason you're lacking key nutrients in your diet.