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Fit Fix: Are Most Vitamin Investigations Bogus?

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1. A medical journal targets a field of vitamin research.

Recently, multivitamins have been taking a lot of flak in the media with many doctors saying the benefits of such supplements add up to exactly nil. An editorial in The Annals of Internal Medicine (see here) called the supplements a waste of money. However, a recent review in the medical journal Nutrients fiercely criticized the findings of many prevalent multivitamin studies, calling their methods flawed and their conclusions skewed. The review points out that most research has been conducted on healthy individuals and neglected to include people with poor diets who would benefit the most from an increase in vitamins. [ScienceDaily]

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2. Mediterranean diet might be the best defense against diabetes.

Spanish researchers found that the threat of diabetes can be greatly reduced by merely sticking to a diet of nuts, fruits, whole grains, fish, and most important, extra-virgin olive oil. The risk of diabetes for people who ate a lot of olive oil fell by 40%, even without exercising. [WebMD]

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3. Workout molecule discovered.

According to the journal Cell Metabolism, researchers have identified a special molecule that is produced when you exercise. The new molecule is thought to impart blessings on the body's metabolism and may play a big role in preventing health-related problems like diabetes and heart disease. [Eurekalert]

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4. Curb snacking with half an avocado at lunch.

Nutritional Journal reports that by adding just a half of the nutrient-rich fruit to your lunch, you will stay satiated throughout the afternoon. [Eurekalert]

5. Could a tax on sugary drinks cure the obesity epidemic.

A study published by Stanford University researchers claims that a tax on popular sugary drinks could reduce 11.2 million cases of obesity in India by the year 2023. Looking at historical market trends on sugar-sweetened beverages, the Stanford team predicts that higher prices will reduce demand, curbing the deleterious influence of what many consider to be the main culprit behind obesity worldwide. [ScienceDaily]

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