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Why You Need (and Might Need) Vitamin K

Of the 13 vitamins essential for human health, vitamin K is among the least familiar to most people. But that may change as researchers report new findings about the vitamin's key roles in the body, especially for bone health.

Can Weight Loss After Menopause Reduce Breast Cancer Risk?

Research has shown that in postmenopausal women, excess pounds can increase the risk of developing breast cancer. A recently published study in the journal Cancer suggests that losing weight might help reduce that risk.

How to Tame Your Taste for Fatty Foods

If you have a predilection for fatty fare, you may be able to control it better over the long term by going on a temporary low-fat diet, according to an Australian study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Soy Protein for Weight Loss

Soy foods are just as good as animal protein sources if you're trying to lose weight, according to a small study in Obesity Science & Practice.

A Healthy Diet May Overcome Genetic Propensity to Obesity

If you're at high genetic risk for obesity, take heart. A 2018 study in the journal BMJ suggests that a healthy diet can help you control your weight even more than it helps those at low genetic risk.

How Much Added Sugar Is Too Much?

We all know that sugar is a big factor in weight gain and obesity, but that's only the beginning, experts say; excess sugar consumption may contribute to a host of ills, from heart attacks to liver disease. But, how much added sugar is too much?

Another Reason to Cut Back on Meat?

For meat eaters, fat may not be the only concern. A large observational study of Seventh-Day Adventists showed that a high intake of protein from meat is associated with an increased risk of dying prematurely from cardiovascular disease-regardless of the fat content and other nutrients in the meat.

Why Weight Loss Plateaus and What to Do About It

Over time, a gradual slowing of weight loss-a plateau-occurs. But don't get discouraged, you can get past it.

Artificial Sweeteners for Weight Loss: Pros and Cons

Most of us know that we shouldn't be drinking sugar-sweetened sodas and juices, as they can pack on the pounds. But what about low-calorie sweetened beverages, which have been touted as good replacements?

Variety vs. Quality: Updated Advice on Optimal Eating

"Eat a varied diet" has long been a bedrock of mainstream dietary advice, here and around the world. But encouraging people to eat a wide variety of foods may backfire and lead to consumption of more food, especially unhealthy items, and to weight gain, according to a recent advisory from the American Heart Association(AHA).