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July 2016 Issue

Sorting Through Nutrition Hype

Healthy skepticism and a keen eye can help you distinguish nutrition fact from fiction in news stories and popular publications.

Catchy news headlines about nutrition studies and flashy diet book titles grab consumer attention and increase sales, but if you donít dig deeper and read the fine print, you could be misled, says David Katz, MD, MPH, director of the Yale University Prevention Research Center in Derby, Connecticut. When writers simplify and glamorize complex nutrition science, the message can get skewed.

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