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  • Why do researchers love to beat up on eggs? This off-on relationship has been going on for decades, but this newest attack takes the cake.
    Canadian researchers at the University of Western Ontario now claim that eating three or more egg yolks per week is as bad for your arteries as smoking. Seriously? Seriously.
    Last week, the medical journal Atherosclerosis published "Egg Yolk Consumption and Carotid Plaque," a study led by neurologist J. David Spence. In the study, researchers used ultrasound to measure carotid artery plaque levels in more than 1,200 patients. (Arterial plaque is a buildup on the inner walls of arteries and can reduce or block blood flow, leading to heart attack or stroke.) The patients also filled out questionnaires on their lifestyle, medication use, smoking, and egg yolk consumption.

    Are they "eggs-agerating?"

    The researcher reportedly found that plaque accumulation increased exponentially as smoking and egg yolk consumption increased. Dr. Spence concluded: ...Read More »

  • By Jen Mueller, for SparkPeople


    We're all familiar with the saying "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is." Yet it's so easy to get sucked in by the big promises many health and fitness products make. "Lose 10 pounds a week!", "Get ripped abs with this one piece of equipment!", or "Get the body you want without all the effort!" are some of the more extreme examples, but we spend billions of dollars every year hoping there is just a little bit of truth in their claims. Before you get out your wallet, it's a good idea to dig into these product claims further. A new survey investigated the research supporting magazine advertisements and websites for a broad range of sports products. The results might surprise you.

    The analysis, published in the journal BMJ Open, found that of the products studied, not one had claims that could be supported by sound, scientific research. For example, "one manufacturer of protein drinks and pills, the researchers found, supported advertising cl

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  • Step away from the drugstore aisle of anti-aging beauty products and nutritional supplements. Now, open wide, and eat your way to optimal health and youthful good looks. By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK.

    Broccoli

    Get glowy again with broccoli - really
    When sleepless nights leave you feeling - or looking - a little blah, reach for this crunchy green. A half-cup serving contains more than two-thirds of your recommended intake of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that helps protect the immune system. It's also high in sulforaphane, which promotes liver detoxification. "Over 80 percent of toxins are neutralized through the liver, and a buildup of toxins in our bodies can cause dull and dry skin, hair and nails," says beauty nutritionist Paula Simpson.

    Sip cocoa for your heart
    Another reason to enjoy this tasty treat: It helps to maintain healthy blood vessels, which support healthy circulation and a healthy heart. Opt for antioxidant-rich cocoa beans, which contain twice the amount dark chocolate does witho

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