This Week in Nutrition: Diet Soda’s Link to Depression, the Truth About Whole Grain, and More

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We’re deep into flu season, and there may no safe place to hide. In fact, it’s the worst we’ve seen in a long while, according to more than one news outlet. Steel yourself for the cold and germs with hot soup, ginger tea, and a lot of vitamin C, and make sure you’re up to date on news that can benefit your health and peace of mind.

  • New York Daily News: A study by National Institutes of Health reveals that “soda drinkers—particularly those who chose artificially sweetened diet sodas—were more likely to be diagnosed with depression than those who didn’t drink sweetened beverages.”
  • Care 2: Most Americans—98% to be exact—aren’t getting enough potassium, a mineral that can reduce risk of a stroke and heart disease. Potatoes and bananas alone are not enough to improve the deficiency; it’s all about leafy green vegetables.
  • CBS Philly: The diet known as Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) gets another shout-out from U.S. News & World Report. The focus is on incorporating such foods as low-fat dairy, lean meats, and heart-healthy fats.
  • Everyday Health: According to research findings from Harvard School of Public Health, not all whole grain foods deserve the label of Whole Grain Stamp. In order to be considered ‘whole grain,’ there needs to be evidence that the items follows specific guidelines (e.g. “whole grain as the first ingredient and has no added sugars in the first three ingredients”).
  • Science Daily: The purported benefits of seaweed supplements will be examined more closely by the EU-funded research drive SWAFAX.
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