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July 2017 Issue

Diet Trends are Mostly Hype

Popular diet fads are often not as healthful as people think. After reviewing studies covering more than 40 years of diet patterns, foods, and nutrients that have been hyped for health, researchers dispel myths about several trends, including:
- Juicing leaves out much of the fiber and nutrients of whole fruits and vegetables, and is high in calories and low in satiety.
- Tropical oils (coconut, palm) are high in saturated fats and raise blood cholesterol levels.
- Gluten-free foods are often highly processed, over-priced substitutions for whole grains, which are high in nutrients and fiber.

Evidence-based healthy diet patterns are high in whole foods, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes, and low in saturated fats, sodium, added sugars, and refined grains.

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