The Roundup

Roundup

Here is The Roundup, Edition 35, bringing you the best from around the web from the past two weeks! Blast from the Past The New York Times recently wrote a story about “vamping” teenagers, a new trend where teens stay up all night using social media, surfing the web, and messaging friends. It’s unsurprising that this is such common behavior amongst young people, considering how so many teenagers have smartphones, laptops, and televisions in their… Read More

Does Avoiding The Sun Shorten Your Lifespan?

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A few weeks ago I was at a conference in Tuscon, Arizona. Two things really surprised me while I was there. First, quite a few people ordered egg-white omelets for breakfast. Huh? Didn’t they get the memo that dietary cholesterol doesn’t increase the risk of heart disease, or even raise blood cholesterol levels? Egg-white omelets are so 1995! Second, I noticed that a number of people were slathering themselves with sunscreen and wearing long sleeve… Read More

Is Refined Sugar Really Toxic?

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So far in this series, I’ve covered a variety of ‘alternative’ sweeteners: natural sweeteners like honey and stevia; artificial sweeteners like aspartame; and sugar alcohols like xylitol. But what about plain old white sugar? And what about the increasingly common industrial sweetener, high fructose corn syrup? These two get a pretty bad rap, even from mainstream media, and although much of their reputation is deserved, there are some misconceptions that I’d like to straighten out.… Read More

Are Xylitol, Sorbitol, and Other Sugar Alcohols Safe Replacements For Sugar?

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In the last article of this series I discussed artificial sweeteners, and gave you my take on whether you should include them in your diet. This week, I want to talk about sugar alcohols, which are another popular low-calorie sugar substitute. Xylitol is the most popular and most extensively researched, so I’ll focus my discussion on it, but the general takeaway of this article applies to other sugar alcohols as well, such as sorbitol and… Read More

Can Quercetin Help Heal a Leaky Gut?

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Digestive health is a hot topic these days. Problems in the gut not only play a large part in digestive issues like irritable bowel syndrome or reflux, but the gut has an effect on practically every part of our body. Imbalances in the gut can create rashes, exacerbate joint pain and even cause depression – it’s no wonder we all want to learn how to keep the gut healthy! One of the most pressing concerns… Read More

3 Ways to Manage Anxiety Without Drugs

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This is a guest post by Laura Schoenfeld, a Registered Dietitian with a Master’s degree in Public Health, and staff nutritionist and content manager for ChrisKresser.com. You can learn more about Laura by checking out her popular blog or visiting her on Facebook. “That the birds of worry and care fly over your head, this you cannot change, but that they build nests in your hair, this you can prevent.” – Chinese Proverb Confession time: If I had to choose one personal… Read More