Nutrition News

Different Dietary Fat, Different Risk of Mortality

Consuming higher amounts of unsaturated fats was associated with lower mortality, according to a study from researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The findings also showed that higher consumption of saturated and trans fats was linked with higher mortality and that replacing saturated fats with unsaturated fats conferred substantial health benefits. In … Continue reading “Different Dietary Fat, Different Risk of Mortality”

We Repeat: Butter is Not Back.

Yesterday, a systematic review and meta-analysis looking at the association of butter consumption with chronic disease and all-cause mortality made headlines that sound strikingly familiar. TIME, for example, reported that “the case for eating butter just got stronger” saying “butter may, in fact, be back.”

Healthy plant-based diet linked with substantially lower type 2 diabetes risk

Coverage From HSPH News, featuring Frank Hu and Ambika Satija: Consuming a plant-based diet—especially one rich in high-quality plant foods such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and legumes—is linked with substantially lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health… “A shift to … Continue reading “Healthy plant-based diet linked with substantially lower type 2 diabetes risk”

FDA takes major step forward targeting excess sodium in processed foods

The average American consumes 3,400 milligrams of sodium, roughly 1.5 teaspoons of salt, per day. However most of our dietary sodium comes not from the salt shaker at the dinner table, but from processed and prepared foods such as breads, crackers, cheese, and even products that don’t taste “salty,” like breakfast cereals. This week, the … Continue reading “FDA takes major step forward targeting excess sodium in processed foods”

Updated Nutrition Facts Panel makes significant progress with “added sugars,” but there is room for improvement

In the first major overhaul of the Nutrition Facts Panel in over two decades, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today numerous changes that will be implemented within the next few years. One of the most important updates will be a line disclosing “added sugars,” along with a corresponding 10 percent-Daily Value—representing a limit … Continue reading “Updated Nutrition Facts Panel makes significant progress with “added sugars,” but there is room for improvement”

Public health win: San Francisco law requires health warnings on sugary drink advertising

“WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay. This is a message from the City and County of San Francisco.” If you live in San Francisco, you will soon be seeing this message on billboards and bus shelters, as the city is set to become the first in the U.S. … Continue reading “Public health win: San Francisco law requires health warnings on sugary drink advertising”