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Is eating breakfast good for you?

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I strongly believe it is.

Although this topic has been discussed for years, the lack of consistency of reports and newspaper articles has been frustrating for many. Take for example a study published in the American Heart Association Journal, Circulation, in July 2013. This study followed the eating habits of almost 27,000 men between 1992 and 2008 and concluded that “eating breakfast was associated with significantly lower cardiovascular disease risk”. In fact, in this study, the men that skipped breakfast had 27% higher risk of dying from a heart attack or other coronary heart disease. However another study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in September 2013 concluded that “the belief in link between eating breakfast in the morning and cardiovascular benefits exceeds the strength of scientific evidence”.

So how do we know if eating breakfast in the morning is good for us?

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Why are artificial sweeteners bad for you?

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We all love sugar but we also know that the sweet taste comes at a price. Price in the form of calories and sugar is full of them. Just one teaspoon of sugar contains 16 calories and the average American consumes 22.2 teaspoons of sugar a day which amounts to 355 calories. This knowledge, combined with the fact that all of us watch our weight at one point or another, had us reaching for the artificial sweeteners. What was not to like? The food or drinks tasted just as good yet no calories were entering our bodies. So why exactly are artificial sweeteners bad for you?

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