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Claims That Industry Gamed New Food Guidelines 
You’ve probably heard that the Department of Agriculture has recently revised its dietary guidelines. Despite the fanfare around the new standards, there are those who feel the department caved to agribusiness industry pressures, and watered down the guidelines. Making the case is noted food author Anna Lappé: http://america.aljazeera.com/opinions/2016/1/lobbyists-distort-our-idea-of-a-healthy-diet.html

Gluten-free Sports Diet Found to Have No Effect 
Gluten-free is sometimes promoted as a dietary panacea for one and all. A recent double-blind study on athletes, (none with celiac disease, of course), found no difference in health or performance between those kept gluten-free and those fed a large quantity of the stuff. Ars Technica has the report: http://arstechnica.com/science/2016/01/gluten-free-sports-diets-do-nothing-study-suggests/

A Low-fiber Diet Messes With Your Gut, and Your Kids’ 
Adequate consumption of dietary fiber is necessary to intestinal health. We knew that. What’s becoming clear is that the gut’s very microbiome is badly affected. What’s more, those changes to the biome survive a return to a high-fiber diet, and are passed on to subsequent generations. Ars Technica has the story: http://arstechnica.com/science/2016/01/low-fiber-diets-mess-up-gut-microbes-and-changes-can-become-heritable/

Your Liver on Sugar 
Add sugar to the list of substances that permanently damages the liver. It has been found that even an otherwise healthy diet won’t save the liver from sugar’s ravages. Nor does it appear that all the damage, once done, can be reversed. The Oregonian has the sobering news: http://www.oregonlive.com/health/index.ssf/2016/01/adding_sugar_to_even_a_healthy.html#incart_river_home

 

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