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Myth or Fact? Lose Weight Faster.

Q. If I drastically cut calories, I’ll lose weight faster – myth or fact? A. Myth. Experts say that significantly reducing the number of calories you consume can actually hinder weight loss efforts. Further, drastically cutting calories often leaves people feeling deprived and very low-calorie diets cannot be maintained over...

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Myth or Fact? Holiday Foods.

Q: Traditional holiday foods are bad for your health - myth or fact?   A. Myth. Many holiday favorites are packed with nutrients. For example, sweet potatoes supply potassium and fiber and are loaded with the antioxidant vitamin A, which is important for a healthy immune system. Cranberries are high...

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Myth or Fact? Safety of Diet Soda.

Q. Low-calorie sweeteners in diet soda are safe for use during pregnancy – myth or fact?   A. Fact. The use of low-calorie sweeteners in pregnancy has been well studied both in humans and in animals. Before approving the currently available low-calorie sweeteners, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration determined...

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Myth or Fact? Weight Gain.

Q&A with Diane Quagliani, R.D. Q. Diet sodas and “light products” cause weight gain – myth or fact? A. Myth. This myth doesn’t make much sense at all.  Something that does not have calories cannot contribute to weight gain. Cutting 150 calories a day from your diet by using light...

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Myth or Fact? Hydration.

Q&A with Diane Quagliani, R.D. Q. Q. Beverages such as lemonades and sodas don’t count towards hydration during the summer – myth or fact? A. Myth. Beverages such as lemonades and sodas can contribute to overall water intake. According to the National Academy of Sciences, even beverages with caffeine can...

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