The Best and Worst Health and Fitness News This Week

This week’s edition of the best and worst in health and fitness news. This week: paleo recipe of the week, five yoga moves to heal and strengthen your body, Kraft cheese removing preservatives from it’s famous American cheese, Chick-Fil-A trying to take the antibiotics out of their chicken, and are mammograms really that useful anymore? All that and more.

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The Best In Health and Fitness News

1. Headaches, Nausea, Or Rashes?

Nothing major, just the side effects from eating Uncle Ben’s boxed rice which was recalled this week. If you got it – toss it.

2. American Or Cheddar? Which one is better?

Kraft is aiming at eliminating preservatives from its popular cheese slices. Don’t let the media hype get to you though – they’re only removing scorbic acid and it’s only happening in the United States. It will be replaced with natamyicyn which is a
“natural mold inhibitor.”

3. Is Soccer Bad For Your Head?

Some research suggests that repetitive heading can have the same effects that it does on American Football players such as slower cognition and poor memory (I personally tell my wife that my poor memory is because of the years of soccer I’ve played).

4. Eat Mor Chickin – Without Antibiotics

Chick-Fil-A is making the move to begin serving antibiotic free chicken to its customers. The overuse of antibiotics in farm animals is a pressing issue as it can lead to antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria making antibiotics useless.

5. Do Mammograms Really Reduce Breast Cancer Death Risks?

Not according to a study of over 90,000 people. Authors argue that as treatments improve to treat breast cancer, getting a mammogram doesn’t really reduce the risk of death when compared to physical examination. The bottom line: if you feel something is wrong, get it checked out sooner than later.

The authors also argue that routine mammograms are responsible for approximately twenty percent of over-diagnosing benign breast tumors.

The Worst In Health and Fitness News

1. Is fruit juice as bad as soda?

That’s what two researchers of the Lancet are arguing. They argued that because of the high sugar content, sugary drinks have led to more diabetes and heart disease over the past decade. So is juice bad for you?

Maybe – but it all depends on context and what you’re drinking. Selection is key – high sugar content can add unwanted calories and acids can be detrimental to your teeth. Overall, what’s in juice negates the “healthy” effects that juice has to offer like vitamins and antioxidants. You’re better off eating an apple or an orange. However, not all juices are horrible, just be mindful of what’s on the label.

Are juices worse than soda? Probably not – while they might not be healthy for you juices don’t contain many other things like phosphoric acid which is found in soda. Phosphoric acid helps take calcium out of your bones and can raise the risk for osteoporosis.

Is juice worse than soda? You be the judge.

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